Over the last few years Americans really have realized the effect that all our thrown-away plastic has on our oceans and, especially here in Michigan, our Great Lakes.

From using metal straws to certain businesses outright banning plastic straws, they are small steps to save a BIG planet. Well, now Corona has an idea on how to help.

They aren't the first brewery to fight the war on plastic waste, and hopefully won't be the last, but what is big is that they are the first major beer company to roll out these big changes. They're following in the footsteps of smaller breweries, which have introduced biodegradable 6 pack holders to replace their plastic counterparts.

Rather than using plastic rings fused together to hold your beverages, Corona is teaming with Parley for the Oceans to test out the viability of barley and wheat based rings which can not only decompose within a few days, but are also food for sea life.

Even better, the rings are made of leftover product from the brewing process, which not only saves on cost, but really could make an impact on the environment.

Cyrill Gutsch, Founder and CEO of Parley for the Oceans said in a release,

“Our oceans are under attack. We are taking their life in rapid speed, destroying the chemistry that allows us to be here. Therefore we are bidding on the few who take the lead in true change. The ones who are shaping the future with us. Corona is such an Ocean Champion, a powerful ally in our war against marine plastic pollution — and in building the material revolution that will lead us beyond it. We share the goal of phasing plastic out for good, because we simply can’t afford its toxic impact anymore."

Corona has begun rolling out the biodegradable six-pack rings in Mexico and the UK.

Let's raise a cold refreshing can of change and drink to our future!