Water is a Precious Natural Resource
Our own homes and livelihood benefit from the protections our responsible corporate citizenship provides. This guardianship reflects our care for everything we love about Maine – from the people who live and work in the state, to the picturesque lakes, rivers and mountains that make it a beautiful natural sanctuary.
Poland Spring Joins Forces with the University of Maine to Explore Bio-Based Materials for Packaging
In September 2020, Poland Spring announced a collaboration with the University of Maine to develop bio-based solutions that could be used as alternative packaging for Poland Spring products. As part of the collaboration, the University of Maine will explore new possible uses of materials derived from sustainably harvested Maine wood. This joint effort evolved after we sponsored a two-day bioplastics summit at the University of Maine in May 2019. In addition to exploring alternative packaging, BlueTriton Brands has committed to achieve 50% recycled plastic across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2025.
Proposed Solar Energy Project at Hollis Factory
In September 2020, Poland Spring announced its intention to construct a 10-megawatt solar energy project at our bottling plant in Hollis, Maine. When complete, the proposed 47-acre installation, currently in the permit application process, will be one of the largest contiguous solar farms in Maine, supplying enough clean, renewable energy to power 20-25% of the plant’s current needs. The annual greenhouse gas emission reductions resulting from the proposed project is estimated to be the equivalent to removing more than 2,500 passenger vehicles from the road*.
* According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.
Maine Water Resources
Poland Spring uses only a small fraction of all groundwater used in Maine and the company would have nothing to gain and everything to lose if we overused any spring water sources. We sustainably manage the abundant, renewable water sources in Maine that we access by carefully monitoring and strictly adhering to Maine’s state and local regulations. In addition to our own hydrogeologists, we hire independent scientists and water experts to monitor our water use and collect important data for monitoring reports that are submitted to state and local officials and made available to the public.
Did you know?
- We source our water from carefully selected natural spring sources. Each one is carefully selected based on geologic formation, mineral composition, quality and taste.
- The beautiful State of Maine is home to the ancient aquifers currently responsible for Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water’s distinctive taste. Created by a retreating glacier 20,000 years ago, these aquifers are some of nature’s best purification systems.
- We conserve 6,000 acres of land around spring sites to ensure the health and sustainability of the resource and the local environment.
- Wherever Poland Spring operates, we install meters to record water withdrawals and to ensure our withdrawals stay within sustainable levels.
100% Natural Spring Water
Consumers can be confident in the accuracy of the labels on every bottle of Poland Spring water, and that Poland Spring is just what it says it is – 100% natural spring water.
We go to a lot of effort to make sure we are providing natural spring water. Our natural resource managers search throughout Maine to find springs that have the right mineral composition and taste to be part of the Poland Spring brand. Once we find a candidate, we commission independent licensed hydrologists to prepare detailed reports showing our full compliance with federal and state standards for spring water. Then, we submit these reports to state regulators throughout the country to obtain their official approval. The most comprehensive examination is by our home state, where the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has inspected our spring sites, reviewed the hydrology reports and other data we submitted, and have issued us licenses to sell Poland Spring as spring water.
Operating Sustainably for the Future
We are a company that is constantly striving to do better, and that means finding ways to improve our packaging and our operations to minimize our environmental footprint.
We are making our packaging more sustainable and Poland Spring is leading the way.
All of our bottles, from the 8 ounce to the 2.5 gallon sizes, are made from materials that can be recycled. In addition, our ReadyRefresh 3-gallon and 5-gallon bottles are returned, washed, sanitized and refilled approximately 25 to 30 times before they too are recycled.
Since 1990, Poland Spring has reduced the amount of PET plastic content in our half liter bottles by more than 60%. Poland Spring ORIGIN 900mLbottles are made from 100% recycled plastic and the Poland Spring 1 Liter, 1.5 Liter, 700 mL and 20 ounce bottles have also converted to 100% recycled plastic. Poland Spring plans to be the first major bottled water brand in the U.S. to use 100% recycled plastic for all its still water portfolio by 2022.
In 2019, Poland Spring sponsored a Bioplastics Summit at the University of Maine as efforts continue to find an innovative packaging solution for Poland Spring products using bioplastic from Maine forests. We also provided recycling bins at the 2019 Fryeburg Fair for the first time in its 150-year history.
Our Kingfield bottling facility was built in 2009 to achieve LEED Gold certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and our Hollis warehouse expansion earned LEED Silver certification. In June 2018, we also announced that we will extend our commitment to water stewardship by certifying all of our sites to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard by 2025. We are in the process now of seeking certification of the three Poland Spring factories in Maine.
As part of Poland Spring’s commitment to environmental leadership, in some instances, we are using alternative modes of transportation for getting Poland Spring water to our major markets in the Northeast to serve our customers more efficiently. Our company carefully evaluates transportation solutions to promote traffic safety and environmental sustainability. As such, we ship some of our products via rail, leveraging ports in Portland and Waterville.
Since 2016, we have used the intermodal rail facility in Waterville to ship products. This has allowed us to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by more than 20,000 metric tons. That’s the equivalent of taking more than 4,600 passenger vehicles off the road in one year.