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Local breweries can play a big role in saving our oceans

If you’re from Western Washington, it’s likely that you live within an easy drive of the water. Whether a sound, ocean coastline, bay, or inlet, the waterways of Washington are a frequent stop for many of us and something we care deeply about.

It’s the scent, the beauty, the sound, the memories of fun, and the exciting wildlife that combine to make Washington waters a breathtaking experience. Truly, what would we do without our beautiful shores and waters? How would we feel if we were the last generation to enjoy it all?

Are you motivated to keep our waters beautiful? What about safe and thriving? What about the animals that call our oceans home?

It’s overwhelming, but in a good way. A good way because you and I and the businesses we support can make small changes that will have a ripple effect of success in preserving our oceans perhaps even improving them.

Ocean cleanup is a hot topic these days. How exactly do you go about cleaning up something so vast? Folks are starting this task, and I’m so excited to see where it goes, but I often wonder how exactly I can play a role in caring for the ocean

Enter E6PR. That stands for Eco Six Pack Ring and, you guessed it, it’s a compostable, biodegradable six pack ring that will eliminate plastic from the typical canned beer setup.

Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida first started working with the fledgling E6PR in 2018. Now, craft breweries around the nation are taking notice and joining the waitlist to incorporate E6PR into their canned brews. Why? Well, it’s simple, E6PR enables breweries and beer lovers to support ocean care without compromising their craft and beverage of choice.

Too often plastic 6 pack rings end up littered and tragically make their way into our oceans. There they trap sea creatures, harm birds, and eventually become the dreaded microplastics. None of these options are good, in fact, they’re deadly. Eliminating plastic 6 pack rings is one step in the right direction when it comes to protecting the ocean.

That’s where you come in! First, when buying canned beer, if you see E6PR in use - BUY IT! Dollars talk. Let yours say that a compostable, biodegradable 6 pack ring is important to you. Next, share about E6PR with your local/favorite breweries. It takes one, quick email or social media share to help spread the word and this is a word we want shared loud and often.

As you can imagine E6PR is being met with rave reviews, so much so that they can’t quick keep up! Never fear though, they’re growing, just at a sustainable rate that will hopefully put them in partnership with more and more breweries in the years to come.

In the meantime, while we cheer E6PR on in their efforts, what other ways can you and I help preserve and care for our Washington waters? Charles Moore, a marine researcher said, “Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest.” It’s time we change that.