“There is significant market value and visibility in winning the DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation. Winning a DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation validates our packaging solution and helps open the door for new business.”
Ryan L'Abbe, Vice President, Ice River Springs Water Company Inc.
Green Water Cooler Bottle Made From 100% Recycled Material
In 2014, Ice River Springs Water Company Inc. earned a Silver DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation for being the only beverage company in North America to collect and process curbside-collected polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging and convert it back into food-grade PET to make its own water bottles.
Both clear and green PET packaging are collected and recycled by Ice River Springs. Traditionally, the green material was either “down-cycled” into strapping applications or ended up in landfills. With the innovation of the 15L Arrowhead 100 percent recycled PET bottle, Ice River Springs can now recover and re-use an impressive 100 percent of the green PET packaging it collects through its closed-loop recycling system at its own plastics recycling plant.
As a result of their unique processing methods and the conversion to recycled PET, Ice River Springs reduced raw-material energy consumption by up to 84 percent and raw-material greenhouse gas emissions by up to 78 percent as compared to using virgin PET.