How Avid Beer Drinkers Can Use Their Thirst To Help Save Beaches Worldwide

It might sound too good to be true, but it just became possible to save beaches worldwide by drinking a cold one - or two - in the evenings...

Credit: DB Breweries

What’s more relaxing than drinking a crisp, cool beer in the evening? Drinking said beer and knowing one is benefiting beaches worldwide by quenching their thirst. If it sounds too good to be true, read on…

Because pharmaceutical companies, construction firms, and engineering businesses rely on beach sand for their products (using it for everything from microchips to cement), two-thirds of beaches worldwide are dramatically receding. To remedy this, a New Zealand-based company invented a machine capable of recycling glass beer bottles into pure sand.

When activated, the DB Export machine begins revolving a wheel of small steel hammers which spins at 2800rpm. Once a beer bottle is inserted, it is pulverized by a dual vacuum system which removes silica dust and plastic labels. In the video below, Sean O’Donnell, marketing director of DB Breweries, explains that from a single beer bottle, one cup (~ 200 grams) of pure sand can be obtained. He commented:

“Kiwis, we love our beaches, and we love our beer. So wouldn’t it be great if you could have a beer and do something for the environment? I mean, that’s pretty exciting.”

Once the DB Export Beer Bottle Sand is created, it will be exported to a variety of companies who can utilize it. As Mashable points out, the glass sand is completely safe to handle and walk on, which is why it is so versatile. In fact, the sand may be turned into future construction projects, cycling, and walking pathways, or even the foundation of your next favorite coffee shop.

The company has already struck up a number of negotiations with construction companies and concrete manufacturers. Those behind the project hope that the DB Export machine raises awareness about the global sand shortage and the importance of recycling.

This isn’t the first eco-friendly initiative completed by DB Export. In 2015, the company produced 300 liters of something called Brewtroleum, which is a biofuel made from beer (yes, these guys love their beer). The product is made from the leftover “yeast slurry” from brewing that is typically thrown out of given to animals. Brewtroleum, however, is an eco-friendly 100% beer by-product which an be sold as a greener alternative to petroleum. Since it was invented, the biofuel has been delivered to 60 Gull gas station in New Zealand.

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