Final Gravity Brewing going green with biodegradable six-packs
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan brewery is the first in the state to use a new six-pack holder that could help save the environment.
Newschannel 3's Jessica Wheeler visited Final Gravity Brewing in Kalamazoo to see what it's all about.
"We are always trying to make a push to better our environment,” said Final Gravity Brewing owner, Kevin Christensen.
At the new Final Gravity Brewing on the Kalamazoo Mall, everything is sustainable.
"All the lights are LED. The bar is made from pallets, the frame is made from re-purposed wood from when we remodeled this building,” said Kevin Christensen.
The father/son team that built the brewery -- Kevin and Michael Christensen -- also own Final Gravity in Decatur.
With new shop, they are taking the push to be green even further, right down to their six-pack holders.
"When I was a kid, I remember cutting up the plastic rings. And this was the next step, which I'm kind of happy with, but I thought we could do a lot more,” said Michael Christensen, who owns and operates Final Gravity Brewing with this father.
That's when he found a company called E6PR or Eco 6 Pack Ring. They use spent grain and other byproducts from the beer making process, along with other plant fibers to create a completely biodegradable product that is just as strong as its plastic predecessor.
"Certainly, it'll protect all our great waterways, our great lakes,” said Kevin Christensen.
"I believe we can make our planet a lot better and cleaner,” added Michael Christensen.
The new rings are designed to break down in just three months in a landfill, and are safe to be ingested by animals.
Now the father son team are hoping to inspire others to save the planet with a six-pack.
"Just in Kalamazoo alone we'd make quite an impact on our environment,” said Kevin Christensen.
Final Gravity is working to become a distributor for Eco 6 Pack Ring.
They are hoping to get the other breweries in West Michigan on board with the green movement too.