Over 100,000 sea wildlife get choked and strangled by plastic six-pack rings per year. These animals include whales, seals, sea birds, squids, turtles, and more.
While we were doing our research, we found that the 6 pack rings are photodegradable, meaning that under sunlight over a period of 3-4 months they can break down. However, they still contribute to the ‘Great Pacific Garbage patch’ — a Texas-sized garbage patch of plastic which is causing immense harm to the animals.
Plastic marine pollution is injuring and killing fish, seabirds, and marine mammals.
To solve this problem, we thought that we could use biodegradable plastic, so that even if the six pack rings weren’t disposed of properly, it still would not harm the animals. We wanted to make the 6 pack rings of a material that even if animals eat it, they would be fine.
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To make people aware of this serious problem and our product we went to different places. These places included the Fremont Library, the Farmer’s Market, a marine biologist in Hayward, and the Sprout’s manager.
Tacobots at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
Anne, a marine biologist in Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center , was really impressed by our idea and she said, “I’m aware how this is a serious problem and whenever I find these six-pack rings, I cut them up, so they don ‘t hurt the environment.”
Tacobots at Sprouts
We also visited a local grocery store, Sprouts. The manager, Mr. Guillermo, said that,”Your idea is awesome and this is a serious problem and you should keep going because you are our future and if you keep going this problem will be solved.”
We also talked to Morgan from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Monterey. She really liked our idea and she said, “I’m really impressed by your idea, I will still spread the word.”