Donald Trump has always reminded me of someone. He’s loud, brassy, opinionated and loves being the center of attention. Those words also perfectly describe my Tía Gracia after a liquid lunch. In fact, the more I think about it, the more it hits me that Donald Trump and Tía Gracia are pretty much the same person.
Tía Gracia tackily uses Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to get hammered on margaritas.
Let’s be real, plastic waste is a huge problem. And it’s one that has recently taken over our collective consciousness as we try and cut back on our waste – in particular, single-use plastics.
One of the most obvious and unnecessary plastics are those pesky rings that hold cans together. Whether you’re drinking Coke or cervezas, these plastic rings are terrible. They often end up littering landscapes all over the place and animals like turtles and birds can get them wrapped around their little necks.
So, the news from Mexican-beer company, Grupo Modelo, that they’re working to replace this plastic, is huge.
The beer world had one of the earliest plastic problems: six-pack rings. Getting rid of these rings became a big concern when word got out that they could entangle marine life. And yet, here we are, decades later, and – despite some interesting efforts like sticking cans together with glue or rings that are actually edible – the six-pack ring problem still hasn’t been definitively solved.
But thankfully, Corona is working towards a couple of solutions.
So how does it work? According to Mexico News Daily, the top of each can screws into the bottom of another, creating an interlocking tower up to 10 cans high. The format makes the product even more portable than before, meaning you don’t even really need a plastic bag to carry it.
Of course, stacking cans end-to-end isn’t always ideal. Ten standard cans stacked on top of each other would be four feet tall. That’s far more conspicuous and unwieldy than holding a couple of six-packs under your arms. But at the same time, since these Fit Pack cans can be twisted apart and put back together at will, they provide an advantage six-packs don’t: You can stick together as many or as few cans as you want at any given time.
The plastic-free packaging concept, dubbed the Fit Pack, made the shortlist of the Innovation category at the Cannes Lions international awards show this year.
In a promotional video for the new cans, Carlos Ranero, Marketing VP for AB 1nBev, says, “In the beverage industry, there have been many solutions for cutting back the use of plastic; however, none has been fully adopted because they require the use of other materials. This solution has a very simple approach that can bring great financial benefits thanks to the complete removal of plastic materials in packaging.”
Fit Packs are currently being tested in Mexico only, but the company is planning for a wider rollout in the future.
Not only is the company testing out stackable beer cans, they’ve also been testing out biodegradable rings in Tulum, Mexico – obviously a major beer mecca.
Last year, the company also tested six-pack rings made from plant-based biodegradable fibers with a mix of byproduct waste and compostable materials. These were designed to break down into organic matter that won’t hurt wildlife. The plastic-free rings were first launched in Tulum, Mexico, with plans to expand at a later time. For the sake of Mother Earth, we’re hoping these products earn a spot on grocery store shelves.
Beer drinking Twitter was totally here for the news.
Anything that makes drinking beer easier and better for the environment, yes please!
Others were already thinking of how much fun this could be…
Like, let’s be real, you were totally thinking the same thing.
And many were glad we may no longer have to hear about the horrors of plastic waste.
Like all too often you turn on the news and hear about animals being stuck, caught, wrapped up in plastic rings. Many even suffocate.
While at least on Twitter user thought about the implications for beer can furniture…
Because why not?!
And for the one person on Twitter who had their doubts…Twitter was ready with the truth.
Like for real though, I don’t know where you live that you thought you carry 24 cans of beer with plastic rings…
President Trump Monday night, less than 24 hours before he officially kicks off his re-election campaign, leaked shocking details of a secret U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that has been in the planning stages for months.
Trump said in a tweet that starting next week, ICE will remove “millions” of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally.
In a series of tweets Monday night, President Donald Trump threatened mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and said they could happen as soon as next week.
The posts from Trump signaled that a shelved plan for raids in major cities, an idea challenged by former administration officials, could be back on.
This is the first of Trump’s announcements, and like so much else, he made it on Twitter.
In a report from the Washington Post, Kirsten Nielsen was forced to resign from her post as DHS Secretary because of her hesitancy to move forward with the plan the president announced on Monday.
Last year, the government had already begun processing deportation orders for thousands of undocumented families, but Nielsen and others were worried about the complications of these orders. So Trump replaced them.
Trump, his top immigration adviser Stephen Miller, and other supporters of the plan, which will largely affect families, reportedly want to send a message to any migrants considering crossing the border. Deterrence was also the driving force behind the administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The mass arrests the president says will
begin next week could result in the splitting up of thousands of families who have been living in the United States for years, if not decades.
The consequences of such a plan could have devastating effects on tens of thousands of families.
The Post paints a grim picture of what the operation could look like: “Should adults be arrested without their children because they are at school, day care, summer camp or a friend’s house, it is possible parents could be deported while their children are left behind.”
In fact, according to some experts family separation is equivalent in trauma to several forms of physical and emotional abuse.
The government has claimed the deportations would be carried out with “with compassion and humanity.” But promises to carry out deportations in a compassionate way have never come to fruition, despite similar claims from numerous administrations: There’s no kind way to uproot someone’s life against their will, and no nice method for sending a person back to a dangerous situation. And there’s definitely no nice way of tearing children from their mothers and fathers.
Trump’s announcement seems to not only surprise the public but his own government as well.
The curious thing about the president’s tweets Monday night is that deportation raids typically aren’t announced ahead of time, as the element of surprise is often crucial. ICE officials were reportedly unaware that Trump planned to tweet about the arrests and the agency was “stunned” that Trump announced the plan on Twitter.
Many pointed out that announcement was made on the eve of Trump’s kick-off of his reelection campaign on Tuesday.
I mean why else would Trump jump the gun and compromise the deportation plan? Look no further than his tweet Tuesday morning — as well as several others from the past few days — teasing his big rally in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday night, during which he will officially relaunch his re-election campaign. Announcing a big crackdown on undocumented immigrants is a pretty juicy piece of red meat for Trump to throw to his supporters. The president apparently couldn’t resist.
The reactions on Twitter have been swift.
To many, the cruelty is shocking but many realize that the cruelty is the point.
Some have called total BS on many of the government’s supposed ‘pro-life’ stances.
Like seriously, you can’t call yourself pro-life and then go above and beyond to ruin the lives of thousands of families.
While some on Twitter wanted to point out the shocking levels of hipocrisy coming from the President.
His own wife would be a target of his new immigration enforcement policies.
Many on Twitter asked “what can we do to help?”
Many followed up with tips of keeping the pressure on your government representatives on a daily basis. Getting your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.
And one group that provides legal services to immigrants was quick to remind people of their rights during these scary times.
In what’s sure to be a frightening time for undocumented immigrants, RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants, was quick to remind people of their rights. If ICE raids your workplace, the group noted in a tweet responding to Trump, you don’t have to speak, you do have the right to a lawyer, and you don’t have to sign any documents.
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