SHELBURNE, ON, May 16, 2014 /CNW/ - In Western Canada, the large
blue-tinted bottles used for water coolers have been turning green and
the initiative has been recognized with a DuPont Awards for packaging
The DuPont Awards, a world-leading packaging competition, recognizes and
honors packaging excellence. The Ice River Springs green bottle won in
the Responsible Packaging category. "It is a great winner because of
its attention to environmental implications, its investment in great
technology, and its good use of recycled material," stated Anthony
Wong, one of the judges. "We were really impressed."
Ice River Springs introduced the green bottle in 2014 under the rallying
cry of "Nothing. It's worth fighting for." Ice River is the only
beverage company in North America that sorts and processes PET
packaging into food-grade plastic to make 100% recycled bottles. They
found there was plenty of demand for clear recycled PET but the green
plastic was often finding its way into landfill.
"There is enough plastic in the world today, we just need to find ways
to reuse it," stated Jamie Gott, President of Ice River Springs. "By
launching the green bottle, we could recycle green bottles in a
never-ending loop, reducing waste and minimizing our environmental
In addition to being more environmentally friendly, the green 4 gallon
water cooler bottles have many benefits for consumers and retailers.
They are easier to handle and can be collapsed and collected through
municipal recycling programs to become new bottles, fresh every time
and they are BPA free.
Consumers and retailers find the benefits appealing and since launch,
sales have surged significantly. Ice River Springs has plans to
introduce the green bottle elsewhere in Canada and the US.
Ice River Springs is a family owned water bottling company based in
Shelburne, Ontario that began operations in 1995. It has grown to be
one of the largest bottlers of water in North America with ten bottling
plants. It runs a plastic recycling operation enabling it to produce
100% recycled PET bottles in a closed loop system.
SOURCE: Ice River Springs
For further information:
go to http://www.iceriversprings.ca/news/ Or contact Ryan L'Abbe, Vice President, Ice River Springs Email: firstname.lastname@example.org