It’s no secret that humans produce way too much garbage. It’s everywhere.
And while we like to push it to the periphery of our lives and pretend it doesn’t exist, not everyone is so lucky.
The most vulnerable of our fellow earthlings have to put up with what we don’t want to, and sometimes it can be fatal.
We’re talking about animals, of course, especially sea creatures. The ocean is something like a final destination for garbage from all over the world, and often garbage doesn’t just wind up in the water, but in and on the bodies of dolphins, seals, whales, turtles, birds, and fish.
While any garbage is bad news for the delicate ocean ecosystems around the world, one of the worst offenders are the plastic rings that come around six-packs of cans.
These soft but tough plastic rings are transparent, which means that in the water, animals don’t even see them. They end up tangled in the loops, which can cut into their skin and constrict parts of their bodies, leading to serious injury and death.
While some animals are lucky enough to have someone there to stand up and help them, as the turtle that was hopelessly tangled in nylon fishing line did, thousands of others aren’t so lucky.
But things might just change, especially on the plastic six-pack ring front. Thanks to an invention that’s so simple it’s genius, we might be able to make all this senseless pain a thing of the past. Read on to find out how!
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