Nov 16, 2012

IBWA Announces National Environmental Sustainability Award Winner

Pure Flo honored for processing, bottling and distributing water safely, effectively and responsibly

IBWA Environmental Sustainability Award Pure Flo Water Company

The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) announced Pure Flo Water Co., located in Santee, Calif., is the winner of its Environmental Sustainability Award. The announcement was made at the 2012 IBWA Annual Business Conference in New Orleans, held Nov. 12 to 16.

According to IBWA, Pure Flo is committed to processing, bottling and distributing water in a safe, effective and responsible manner. A few ways they fulfill that commitment include the following:

  • Implementing an alternative workweek schedule for select groups within the operations department, which provides a 20% reduction in energy use;
  • Reducing groundwater extraction through improved water processing and the bottling process;
  • Redesigning its landscaping and improving the company’s grounds maintenance to reduce runoff as part of its Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program;
  • Using local vendors to minimize carbon emissions associated with the trucking of goods;
  • Implementing zero-waste practices to support a reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy;
  • Establishing a relationship with an independently owned recycling company that provides bins and pickup services for polycarbonate and other plastics, cardboard and paper, electronics, and wood; and
  • Implementing operational changes such as reorganizing routes, switching to a three-week delivery cycle, and developing an eight-year vehicle replacement matrix that will significantly reduce emissions from its fleet.

Environmental stewardship has long been a focus of the bottled water industry. This award recognizes member companies that have excelled in creating and implementing sustainable environmental projects and conservation measures.