Plastic in our oceans. Not only is it unsightly, it can be harmful or fatal to birds, fish, and even Cayman’s iconic sea turtles.
One Florida brewery replaced its plastic six-pack holders with an edible alternative made from by-products of the brewing process.
Will it catch on in Cayman?
For many beer lovers, nothing beats the taste of their favorite brew straight from the tap, but a lot of today’s beer is sold to-go in six- packs. The plastic rings that hold the cans together often end up in the sea, where it poses a threat to marine life.
“People are on their boats, they’re drinking and everything, and some people are not environmentally conscious and they throw this stuff away,” said Caybrew’s Matthew Leslie.
Florida’s Saltwater brewery, ad its alternative to plastic six-pack rings, caught Mr. Leslie’s attention.
“My Facebook has been blowing up with tags, my social media, everybody’s been tagging me on it, oh Matthew, Matthew you gotta get this to the brewery, you gotta get this to the brewery,” said Mr. Leslie.
The six-pack rings, made from barley and wheat remnants from the brewing process, are 100% biodegradable and even safe to eat.
Mr. Leslie said it’s something that could be coming to Caybrew in the future.
“We welcome any product that’s going to protect our wildlife, our marine life, our seas. So of course we are looking at this option that’s available and currently we are talking to the manufacturers and we will bring it down to Cayman as soon as it’s feasibly possible,” said Mr. Leslie.
He told Cayman 27 the brewery is doing its homework to determine if the edible six-pack rings can work at Caybrew.
As far as deciding on flavours go, Mr. Leslie is still undecided.
“We’ll see what favours are out there,” he joked. “I don’t know what flavours the fish like to eat, but I know what I like. We’ll see what happens.”
Mr. Leslie said Caybrew currently uses High Cone environmentally friendly six-pack rings.
According to the manufacturer, this product is photodegradable, which means the materials break down in ultraviolet light such as sunlight.
Over time, the manufacturer suggests from a few weeks to three to four months, the rings become brittle and break into smaller pieces.