Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How Much Water Does It Take To Produce One Serving Of

61 Gallons
6 Gallons
French Fries
6 Gallons
3 Gallons
16 Gallons
51 Gallons
90 Gallons
22 Gallons
100 Gallons
Wheat bread
15 Gallons
36 Gallons
12 Gallons
92 Gallons
SUGAR (From Beets)
8 Gallons
65 Gallons
Cola Soft Drink
10 Gallons
2,607 Gallons
1,303 Gallons
408 Gallons
408 Gallons
Eggs (2)
136 Gallons
Typical Breakfast
209 Gallons
Typical Lunch
1,427 Gallons
Typical Dinner
2,897 Gallons
A Day's Meals (Total For One Person)
4,533 Gallons

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Average Gram Weight per Bottle Declined by 26.7% Over Past Seven Years

In tandem with the new NAPCOR data, IBWA tracked the average amount of plastic used in .5 liter (16.9 ounce) PET bottles, using published data from the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) to determine the lightweighting trend currently being seen in many brands of bottled water. In the year 2000, the average weight of a plastic water bottle was 18.90 grams. It has declined consistently on an annual basis and by 2007, the last year BMC has complete data (as of this date), the average weight of a PET water bottle was 13.83 grams – a 26.7% decline.

“Recycling rates continue to rise while bottle weight tumbles downward,” said Joe Doss, President and CEO of the International Bottled Water Association. “But this improvement, while encouraging, reminds us that more needs to be done. It is very clear that the bottled water industry is swiftly headed in the right direction while delivering the convenience, safety and refreshing hydration that made bottled water so popular in the first place.”

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Thursday, March 26, 2009


Consumers across the United States choose bottled water because it is a healthy, refreshing beverage. As a manufactured food product, bottled water is similar to thousands of other beverage and food products that are comprehensively regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food product. Bottled water has its own stringent manufacturing standards governing its safety, purity and labeling. And by law, FDA standards for bottled water must be as protective of public health as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s tap water regulations.

Water is an essential ingredient in all bottled water and many other consumer products. Our industry fully recognizes the importance of protecting the quantity and quality of water in a variety of natural settings. It is in all of our best interests to protect, preserve and provide a safe and affordable water supply, whether the water comes from groundwater, springs or through a public utility. Over the last several years, our industry has worked to educate lawmakers about the bottled water industry, as well as its environmental leadership when it comes to water conservation and efficiency. Our industry works to utilize and manage water resources in a responsible manner by investing in the best science and technology to improve water quality, strengthen water conservation practices and to bottle and dispose of water products in a way that best serves the environment.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bottled Water and the Environment

Consumers should be aware that bottled water containers are fully recyclable and should be properly recycled through whatever system a local municipality has in place. In fact, all bottled water containers --whether plastic, glass or aluminum—are recyclable. IBWA actively supports comprehensive curbside recycling programs, partners with other beverage and food companies, municipalities, and the recycling industry, as we seek to educate consumers about recycling, and work to increase all recycling to reduce litter.

The bottled water industry is working to reduce its environmental footprint by using lighter-weight plastics for its containers and increasing the fuel efficiency in the transportation of their products to market. In seven years, the average weight of single-serve bottled water has decreased by over 27%.

Bottled water containers make up a very small part of the waste stream, accounting for less than one-third of one percent all waste produced in the U.S. Any efforts to reduce the environmental impact of packaging must be comprehensive and focus on all consumer goods.

The larger bottles found on many home and office bottled water coolers can be sanitized and re-used an average of 40 times before the bottled water company removes them from the marketplace and recycles them. That is why the bottled water industry is considered one of the “original recyclers.” Larger, single-use bottled water cooler containers are fully recyclable.
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Come See Norland At The WQA 2009 Show!

Come visit with Norland bottling plant design engineers at booth #743 during the WQA Aquatech show March 18th-20th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center near Chicago, IL USA.Norland will be unveiling its NEW TRITON160™ 3 & 5 gallon automatic washer / filler/ and capper as well as displaying key components of the SpectraPak3000™ small bottle production line. Norland will be bringing three of their sales professionals; Daren Waters, Matt Rennerfeldt, and Nick Wieseler as well as one of their techinical engineers Todd Liberty.Stop by and learn more about Norland’s quality equipment and experienced after sales service. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Fun Facts About PET

The PET bottle was patented in 1973 by chemist Nathaniel Wyeth (brother of distinguished American painter Andrew Wyeth).

The first PET bottle was recycled in 1977.

An estimated 9,400 curbside collection programs and 10,000 drop-off programs collect PET plastic in the United States, currently.

Approximate number of PET beverage bottles per pound:16 oz. — 18 bottles per pound20 oz. — 16 bottles per pound1 liter — 12 bottles per pound2 liter — 9 bottles per pound3 liter — 5 bottles per pound.

Cubic yards conserved in a landfill by recycling PET beverage bottles:4,800 recycled 16-ounce bottles saves a cubic yard, 4,050 recycled 20-ounce bottles saves a cubic yard, 3,240 recycled 1-liter bottles saves a cubic yard, 2,430 recycled 2-liter bottles saves a cubic yard, 1,350 recycled 3-liter bottles saves a cubic yard.

Since 1978, manufacturers have reduced the weight of a two-liter bottle by about 29%, from 68 grams to 48 grams.

Recycling a ton of PET containers saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.

According to the EPA, recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTU’s.

The average household generated 42 pounds of PET plastic bottles in the year 2005.

Custom bottles (which are bottles used for products other than carbonated soft drinks) represent 62% of all PET bottles available for recycling.

Fourteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiber for an extra large T-shirt.

It takes 14 20 oz. PET bottles to make one square foot of carpet.

It takes 63 20 oz. PET bottles to make a sweater.

Fourteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket.

It takes 85 20 oz. PET bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Denver pours cold water on plastic problem

When Democratic National Convention delegates, protesters and gawkers are looking for a cool drink, Denver Water will have it. The city's water utility — combining the finest in beer-keg and dairy-milking technology — has built the Denver Water Trailer. The $42,000 trailer was to carry 200 gallons of cold — 42 degrees Fahrenheit — water at events from the media kickoff party Saturday at Elitch Gardens to Invesco Field at Mile High on the day of Barack Obama's acceptance speech. The trailer is the brainchild of a group at Denver Water looking for a way to provide an "environmentally friendly" service at big outdoor events. "There are always lots and lots of plastic water bottles in the litter after a big concert," said Terri Chavez, a Denver Water community-relations specialist. "So the idea was to reduce that." The trailer was made by Johnson Truck Bodies, a Wisconsin refrigerated-truck firm. So now, convention delegates, who will each receive a water bottle, will be able to top it off at the water trailer. There will also be biodegradable paper cups available. Denver Post/Yahoo_ 8/23/08

Friday, March 6, 2009

Florida governor seeks per-gallon water fee from bottlers

Gov. Charlie Crist is proposing a 6-cents-a-gallon state tax on water pumped from state resources and used for commercial water-bottling purposes. Florida has about two dozen water bottlers, including Nestle Waters of North America, Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. The so-called "severance fee'' would be phased in, producing an estimated $56 million the first year, according to the governor's office. The money would be used to finance water projects like desalination plants and other alternatives to traditional water supplies. Jim McClellan, spokesman for Nestle's Florida operations, said bottled water has become essential when pipes are ruptured, there's a boil water order or a hurricane cuts off a community water source. "It makes no sense to take the healthiest packaged beverage on the market today, subject it to an onerous tax and not apply it to any other beverage," McClellan said. Miami Herald_ 3/2/09

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Norland Will Also Be Exhibiting at Water Africa 2009!

Norland International Inc. will also be exhibiting in Accra, Ghana at the Accra International Convention Center on April 1st-3rd 2009.Stop by and get some expert advice from two of Norland's sales professionals, Chris McCormack and Daren Waters.See you there!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Norland International Blow Molders

Norland International's Freedom Series PET Blow Molders are capatable with Oxo-Biodegradable preforms. To see a list of Norland International's Freedom Series PET Blow Molders please click here. Please contact Norland today to learn more.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Just A Reminder:

The Norland International "Success Guide for the Bottled Water Business" is now avaliable for download in a .pdf format. Download the Success Guide today to get the valuable information on how to start your own bottled water business. Click here to purchase the Success Guide!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bottled Water Products in Polycarbonate Plastic Containers are Safe for Consumer Use

Recent media stories and a statement issued by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) have raised questions about the safety of polycarbonate plastic bottles due to the presence of a substance known as bisphenol A (BPA). Polycarbonate plastic is used in a wide variety of consumer products, including food and drink containers. Many 3- and 5-gallon bottled water containers are made of polycarbonate plastic and consumers can remain confident about the safety of these products.

· Bottled water is comprehensively regulated as a food product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Plastic food and beverage containers, including polycarbonate plastic made with BPA, must meet or exceed all FDA requirements. FDA clears all food-contact plastics for their intended use based on migration and safety data. The clearance process includes stringent requirements for estimating the levels at which such materials may transfer to the diet. FDA's safety criteria require extensive toxicity testing for any substance that may be ingested at more than negligible levels. This means FDA has affirmatively determined that, when cleared plastics are used as intended in food-contact applications, the nature and amount of substances that may migrate, if any, are safe.

· Polycarbonate plastic has been the material of choice for food and beverage product containers for nearly 50 years because it is lightweight, highly shatter-resistant, and transparent. During that time, many studies have been conducted to assess the potential for trace levels of BPA to migrate from polycarbonate bottles into foods or beverages. The conclusions from those studies and comprehensive safety evaluations by government bodies worldwide are that polycarbonate bottles are safe for consumer use.

· The April 14, 2008 NTP Draft Brief on BPA confirms that there are no serious or high level concerns for adverse effects of BPA on human reproduction and development. Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the American Chemistry Council’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group, states that the “findings in NTP’s draft report provide reassurance that consumers can continue to use products made from bisphenol A. Importantly, this conclusion has been affirmed by scientific and government bodies worldwide.”

· The NTP Draft Brief confirms that human exposure to BPA is extremely low and noted no direct evidence in humans that exposure to BPA adversely affects reproduction or development. The limited evidence for effects in laboratory animals at low doses primarily highlights opportunities for additional research to better understand whether these findings are of any significance to human health.

· On April 18, 2008, the Canadian Minister of Health confirmed the safety of most consumer products made from polycarbonate plastic, including reusable water bottles. The Minister announced that Health Canada (similar to the FDA in the United States) completed an extensive safety review of BPA and concluded that most products made from polycarbonate plastic are safe. However, Health Canada issued concerns about the potential risk of baby bottles made from polycarbonate plastic. As a result, they have proposed a ban on baby bottles made form this substance. IBWA welcomes the scientific rigor of Health Canada’s safety review, which confirms the safety of reusable polycarbonate water bottles.

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