Water Quality Products Managing Editor Rebecca Wilhelm recently spoke to Dan Felton, vice president of government relations for the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA), about the regulatory and legislative challenges facing the bottled water industry.
Wilhelm: What are the main challenges facing the bottled water industry?
Vapur and Elkay allied in partnership to promote reusable bottles and filling stations
Vapur Inc., makers of the foldable, reusable and eco-friendly “Anti-Bottle,” recently announced a partnership with Elkay, manufacturer of stainless steel sinks and faucets for residential and commercial use, to create the Vapur Refill Station Program, making water more accessible to college campuses nationwide.
Entrepreneur and business executive to help People Water revolutionize bottled water industry
People Water Inc. recently announced that its board of directors has named Ken Bretschneider as CEO.
The announcement comes as the recent startup enters an aggressive expansion phase that includes many notable partners. With Bretschneider’s credibility and proven ability to attract investors and create revenue-building partnerships, People Water expects strong growth and return for its investors.
As water coolers evolve to include more complex point-of-use filtration systems, certification becomes increasingly important. Dave Bentley, technical manager for NSF Intl., recently discussed the ins and outs of cooler certification with Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline.
Kate Cline: Which NSF standards apply to water coolers?
IBWA and CVP team up to encourage recycling
As past of its goal to provide companies and organizations with a voluntary solution to the need to address recycling rates, the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) recently announced an addition to its sponsor list: the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA).
The cafeHydrate app was designed to help consumers differentiate between the multitude of bottled water choices
Michael Coman Design recently announced the availability of the firm's new app—cafeHydrate—on the App Store.
CafeHydrate is a bottled water buyer's guide app to be used on the iPhone and iPod touch. The newly available app was designed to help consumers learn about and appreciate the differences among all bottled waters so they can make an informed purchasing decision.
The National Assn. for PET Container Resources says 1.5 billion lb of PET plastic were recycled in 2010
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) is honoring Earth Day 2012, celebrated on April 22, by announcing increases in curbside recycling of PET plastic water bottle containers and an effort to improve the environmental footprint of the bottled water industry.
A newly released study shows that PET plastic bottled water containers are once again the single most recycled item in nationwide curbside collection programs. As of 2010, the recycling rate for PET plastic bottled water containers increased to 32%, more than doubling in the last six years.
The ban aims to reduce plastic water bottle waste and address social concerns
After the Queen’s University Principal’s 2010 pledge to end all bottled water sales on its campus in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the university is on track to enforce the ban in September, according to the Kingston Herald.
The aim of the ban is to create a greener campus community by reducing plastic water bottle waste as well as address social concerns regarding private corporations' control of drinking water.
Queen’s is among the first Canadian universities to push for such a ban, according to Aaron Ball, the university’s sustainability manager.
With a growing consumer demand for purified water, vending is an increasingly popular option for customers and businesses alike. Patrick Graf, president of Liquid Action Systems Inc., recently spoke with Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline about the latest trends and technologies that not only making vending a simpler option, but also a more profitable one.
Kate Cline: What are some current trends in the water vending industry?
Worries about toxins are all around us. It seems that everyday, news stories report a new chemical threat in the clothes we wear, the air we breathe, the water we drink or the bottles we drink it out of. These emerging contaminants seem to be popping up all over the place. But what about chemicals we have known about for years—especially the ones we intentionally put in our drinking water?