Caring for Maine's Environment
Water is a Precious Natural Resource
Our own homes and livelihood depend on our responsible corporate citizenship to protect 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.
Maine Water Resources
Poland Spring has nothing to gain and everything to lose from overusing spring water sources. We sustainably manage our abundant, renewable water sources in Maine through careful monitoring and strict adherence 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.
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Did you know?
- Poland Spring uses only a small fraction of all groundwater used in Maine.
- We conserve 6,000 acres of land around our 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.
The FDA defines spring water as "water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth." The FDA sets stringent national standards for what qualifies as "spring water" – standards that Poland Spring consistently meets or exceeds.
We work hard to ensure that the quality and integrity of our spring water products earn our consumers’ trust and uphold the history of the Poland Spring brand.
Packaging & Operations
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. The safety and quality of our products is our priority. We assure consumers that all of our bottled water products and beverages meet or exceed FDA, EPA, and State Health Department standards and are safe to drink.
Over the past 18 years, Poland Spring has reduced the amount of PET plastic content in our half liter bottles by more than 60%.
All of our single serve bottles, from the 8 ounce to the 2.5 gallon sizes, are recyclable. Our 3-gallon and 5-gallon bottles are returned to us, washed, sanitized and refilled by us 20 to 30 times before they too are recycled.
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, Nestlé Waters North America also announced that it will extend its commitment to water stewardship by certifying all of its sites to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard by 2025.
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 on the East Coast to more efficiently serve our customers. 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.
To that end, in 2016, more than 4,000 containers of Poland Spring water were shipped via rail instead of by truck in 2016, resulting in a carbon emissions reduction of 5,000 metric tons. In 2017, we shipped more than 6,000 containers via rail instead of by truck. This is the equivalent of removing 1,300 automobiles from the road for an entire year. Continuing to leverage railway technologies and reducing our carbon footprint is a goal for our company.