If you’ve ever accidentally discarded a set of six-pack rings and worried about strangling a turtle, you should be afraid for your own hide instead. This Official Comedy video explains it all — and does the impossible by making A Flock Of Seagulls sound even more menacing.
Despite their reputation, yokes aren’t as big of a player in the sea-life suffocating game as they used to be. In 1990, manufacturers started making six-pack rings out of low-density polyethylene that photodegrades and becomes brittle when exposed to sunlight. Six-pack rings float in water so, ostensibly, this should cut down on the chokings of Jonathan Livingstons and other sea life.
That doesn’t mean it won’t lead to a sad ending: Even though the plastic breaks down, it doesn’t disappear, and small bits of plastic pose problems of their own for fish and other critters. (Gullible gulls are fond of gobbling up trash and the occasional plastic bag.) Recycle yokes if your local program takes plastic #4 (Earth911 has some good tips if it doesn’t). And if you don’t end up making a WWJLD bracelet for your littering grandpa, maybe give six-pack rings a little snip-snip before they go in the bin — just for the peace of mind.