Thursday, June 18, 2009

USDA Chooses “Green” Bottled Water Brand for Headquarters

Naturally Iowa, a manufacturer and distributor of value-added bottled spring water and dairy products, announced that its innovative Green Bottle Spring Water has been chosen for all food service locations at the national headquarters of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. The federal agency, with over 112,000 employees, oversees all of the nation's agricultural programs as well as nutrition programs, research and efforts to preserve America's farmland.

Green Bottle Spring Water meets specifications for quality and environmental sustainability and has been granted the status of "BioPreferred Supplier." The sustainable bottle is made from U.S. corn, not foreign petroleum.

"We founded Naturally Iowa to build a truly sustainable company," said Bill Horner, a native Iowa farmer, agriculture entrepreneur and CEO of Naturally Iowa, Inc. "The sustainable INGEO bottle and its environmental benefits are key to achieving our goal of using only 100% sustainable and renewable resources for our packaging. Additionally, the INGEO bottle uses significantly less energy to produce, reducing the carbon footprint of our products. But most of all, consumers find our spring water, which is bottled at Grand Springs Organic Farm in Alton, Virginia to be an excellent and refreshing alternative to the standard PET bottled spring waters currently on the market. The success of Green Bottle Spring Water in our nation's capital with key governmental agencies provides us with many opportunities and new avenues for growth over the next several years."

Instrumental to the success of Green Bottle Spring Water with the federal agency is its "BioPreferred" government supplier status, a designation granted only to select products meeting an extensive set of strict guidelines for environmental sustainability. Green Bottle Spring Water(TM) uses the unique, plant-based INGEO bottle from NatureWorks LLC, a breakthrough package made from U.S. corn rather than foreign petroleum. Unlike older-style plastic bottles, the INGEO bottle is fully compostable.

Previously, the House of Representatives designated Naturally Iowa's Green Bottle Spring Water as the only bottled water available in the House Cafeteria, the Longworth Cafe. This Cafeteria has access to a well-developed industrial compost system developed by the United States Department of Agriculture. The composting system fits perfectly with Naturally Iowa's criteria for placing their bottles in "Closed Loop" environments, where there is a plan to collect all empty bottles and return them to nature. Green Bottle Spring Water was selected by the House of Representatives as part of the "Green Capital Initiative."

Naturally Iowa uses Norland equipment to produce this earth friendly product