by Taetske | 6:00 pm
(Last Updated On: April 3, 2019)

Corona has a very good idea following up on Saltwater brewery

 

 

beer in a glass

Beer in a glass

Positive news for wildlife and the environment

Before telling you about this great idea, I want to give you some background information on the founder of Corona beer.

 

 

Senor Antonio Fernandez

A small Spanish village in the province of Leon has become news as suddenly its 80 residents have become millionaires. This miracle happened as Antonio Fernandez was born in 1917 in Cerezales del Condado. He died in August of 2018 at the ripe age of 99. He never forgot his birth village where he grew up in great poverty, together with his 12 brothers and sisters. Senor Fernandez bequeathed each inhabitant an inheritance of $2.5 million.

When Antonio was 32 years old he emigrated to Mexico in 1949 together with his wife.

 

tortilla chips and corona beer

Tortilla chips and Corona beer

 

In his new country, he became successful and CEO of Grupo Modelo in 1971. This is the company where the world famous Corona beer has been brewed since 1925. Corona Extra is the second most imported bottled beer in the USA. It reaches nearly $700 million sales a year. In old times this blend of malted barley hops and corn and yeast was served simple without any garnish.

 

hops flowers

Hops Flowers

 

Nowadays it is normally served with lime. If you love to drink cerveza you will squeeze the lime into your beer. The question arises why a slice of lime? The story goes that the use of lime is meant to keep the flies from sitting on the mouth of the bottle. The production of Corona beer is really big. The brewery can produce 20 million bottles in 24 hours.

 

beer brewery

Beer brewery

 

A new and helpful invention

Coming back to what this article is about, Some good news for the environment. Corona will be testing 100% plastic-free-6-pack rings at the beginning of 2019. This very positive news was posted in Good News Network. I am happy to forward this news as one does not read positive news so often. Anything which can help the environment and animals is worth mentioning.

These new rings are made from plant-based biodegradable fibers, together with a mix of by-product waste and compostable materials. After being discarded and coming in contact with water, the non-plastic rings serve as food for marine animal life. We have dirtied our planet with plastics, all kind of plastics in many different shapes.

More than a million marine creatures and birds and animals sadly lose their lives to plastic trash. The plastic rings holding beverage containers in a 6-packs are one of the culprits. Sea animals are eating it or becoming trapped by it, and are dying at an alarming rate.

 

plastic waste on the beach

plastic waste on the beach

 

Big beach cleanup

The harmful nature of these rings was recognized in the 1970s and people were speaking out about it. Even if it forms only a small part of the total plastic waste, it is good to become aware of the danger. In 1988 there was a beach cleanup, organized in Oregon. Within a few hours, a group of volunteers had collected 1,500 six-pack rings.

 

Photodegradable is not harmless

In 1994 The EPA forced all manufacturers of these rings to make them photodegradable, that means they break down in the light. It then still takes various months for that to happen. In the meantime, those smaller pieces still pose a danger as they float in the water.

 

Animals are suffering from plastic pollution

Birds get their necks stuck in plastic rings and bags, whales consume large amounts with each massive intake of what they think is food. Sea lions get strings around their noses. Turtles eat plastic bags because they float like a jellyfish (an important food source to the turtle) These poor animals have even been found to have container rings wrapped around their shell, causing horrible life-threatening deformities.  Soon there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.

In Africa, the cattle are feeding on plastic and rivers are clogged up with plastic trash. It is high time something is done about this worldwide problem. One should not forget that petroleum is used for producing plastic. Some 8% of global oil production is used for making plastic.

 

A beneficial joining of forces

Corona beer partnered with a nonprofit organization, Parley for the Oceans. With combined forces, they did big cleanups on the beaches of 15 different countries. The harvest was 3 million pounds of plastic waste. It will be a good idea when those plastic rings do not exist anymore. Corona is a global brand and consumed in many countries worldwide so this action gets attention. Another item which is very dangerous for the environment are Ghost Nets, I hope this problem will also be tackled soon.

There are more well-known beer brands like Carlsberg Beer who are seriously looking to find green alternatives to this plastic danger their products produce. Hopefully, all companies will feel inspired by this and will follow these good examples.

 

Conclusion

It is possible to make a change and Corona beer is showing the world one way. Many small things together will make a big impact. On a personal level, one can also do things to improve our environment. How about asking your local bar to change the plastic straws for paper ones? These straws also end up in the ocean and harm marine life and birds.

Recently I have come across this disturbing video. Our habitat is being so polluted that soon we will have reached the point of no return.

 

 

 

Source: Leslie Salzillo on 28/12/2018 for Daily Kos

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

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Comments

Florence Ki

I was wondering what’s that 6-pack ring looks like so I google, now I know. Apparently is the “plastics” that hold the 6 cans of beers. Is great to know at least a beer company is taking the lead to make sure our planet earth can still be remain sustainable. Is Corona Beer the first beer company that goes into green innovation? 

Jan 08.2019 | 04:47 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Florence,

    Nice to see you again. Thank you for your comment.

    The seagull pictured on the video is having these rings around its head. Saltwater Brewery was first, I think in 2016.

    It needs a huge company, like Corona, to make this known worldwide. Then it is possible more companies will follow this good example. We have to take better care of our environment as that is the place where we live.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 08.2019 | 05:55 pm

Nancy

Thank you for the article. 

I am so pleased to hear about this. I can’t stand the plastic rings. I cut them up before I throw them away so if any animal gets into my garbage it cannot get wrapped around them.

I also love that they are working on cleaning up the beaches as well.

That was a great nugget about the founder leaving money to his home village.

Great article all around.

Jan 08.2019 | 04:47 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Nancy,

    That is a great idea to cut up those plastic ring before putting it in the waste. I do not drink anything that comes with those rings but I do put all the plastic waste in one bag to recycle.

    On a personal level we can do a lot of things and put all together it does make a difference. 

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 08.2019 | 05:55 pm

Seun Afotanju

I totally support you on this one most of those producing plastic rings dont know how much harm they do to nature but all they think about is production and making a multi-million dollar company, at least they should be able to care for the birds and sea creatures, else we will se more plastics in the water than fishes *LOL*

Jan 08.2019 | 04:59 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Seun,

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Just imagine that we really would have more plastic than fish in the oceans, how awful would that be?

    I hope more companies will follow the good example of Corona Beer, like that we would rid the world of this plastic invasion. Also, we should all do our bit to help, using no plastic bags for shopping or refusing plastic straws in the bar.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 08.2019 | 05:55 pm

Anna

Hello there! 

Unfortunately the world is full of plastic and it is so nice to see that there are always some people who try to protect the environment, in this case, Corona.

Nature is the best thing we have here, on earth, so why are we always so selfish?

Thank you for sharing this with us and I hope your post will motivate people to follow Corona’s example.

Great article!

Jan 08.2019 | 05:00 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Anna,

    It is indeed good to see a big company like Corona think about the environment and coming up with a solution to their plastic waste. You are right, Nature is the best we have and we should take care of it.

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 08.2019 | 05:55 pm

MONDOS

I have no knowledge about that topic, but I was interested at the beginning and got lost some where in the middle of the article. I like your historical accounts, it makes your article stood out. It is true that human activity causes so much harm to our surrounding living things and with new invention considering the safety of the environment should be innovative ideas to put to actions. What was the main Idea that you want to get across to the readers? Thanks. Paul.

Jan 08.2019 | 05:04 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Paul,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Sorry to hear you got lost halfway reading my article. Good you found the end, so we can talk about why I wrote this post.

    Too often one hears about disasters, mostly man-made ones. Our environment is under attack and that makes me sad. We have a beautiful planet where hopefully future generations will also be able to live. 

    To come across some positive news, like Corona skipping their plastic rings which harm animals for biodegradable ones, I think is worth a mention. So there you have the reason I wrote this post. 

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 08.2019 | 05:56 pm

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