Ice River Springs is pleased to announce the funding of a Master’s Scholarship to be managed by The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF).
“We want to be the leading innovator in environmental sustainability and this scholarship is designed to encourage creative thinking and innovative research in the academic community,” stated Sandy Gott. “Providing consumers with healthier beverages while at the same time reducing the overall impact on the environment requires constant efforts not just on our part, it requires systemwide participation. Households need to recycle. Municipalities need to collect. Packaging manufacturers need to make containers that can be recycled. And academic institutions have a role to play in encouraging science-based research.”
The eligibility requirements for the Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability are as follows:
- Master’s students enrolled full-time
- Must be enrolled at a Canadian academic institution
- Area of research that relates to recycling, with preference given to applicants exploring the recyclability of plastics, plastic bottles and/or PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic
Interested applicants should complete the online EREF scholarship application available at www.erefdn.org. The 2016 EREF scholarship deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm (eastern).
The trade association for the North American foodservice packaging industry, the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) has made a case study of our operation, Blue Mountain Plastics and the closed loop recycling of PET.
The case study on their website here describes three technical challenges we faced and how we solved them. The first challenge is look-alike packages that appear to be PET but are not and need to be removed from the mix. The second challenge is how to remove labels, adhesives and inks from the mix. And the third is the wide variety of shapes and sizes of thermoformed packaging.
The article concludes that “The Blue Mountain Plastics experience shows that PET foodservice packaging can be effectively recycled with PET bottles” and encourages packaging manufacturers to produce packaging that helps ensure its recovery by “designing for recyclability” – using labels, adhesives and inks that are compatible with the Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers protocol, and minimize the use of silicone and other additives.
Twenty years have passed since we incorporated and started bottling spring water. From our first 5,000 square foot building to the twelve bottling facilities in North America, it’s been an adventure to say the least.
We also operate a high volume plastic recycling facility that takes in used bottles from curbside recycling programs turning them into food grade plastic and then new bottles. This process makes us the only producer in North America with complete in-company closed-loop production, producing 100% recycled bottles.
Every day we strive as a team to run an environmentally sustainable operation and provide our customers with the healthiest, most refreshing beverage on the planet – pristine water! More than ever, in everything we do, we have a passion for good health and preservation of the earth.
We celebrated our twenty years of teamwork and accomplishment with a party at each of our plants. Here are a few photos of our team.
In November Ice River Springs exhibited at the Private Label Marketing Association (PLMA) trade show in Chicago.
We were one of about 1,300 companies from 40 countries who exhibited products. For more than 30 years the trade show has been the industry event of the year where retailers and wholesalers source new and innovative private label products.
Our booth was notable because the furniture – the shelving, tables and sofa – were built using the products themselves, and then illuminated using LEDs from within.
Private label products account for about 17% of the packaged goods market in North America and increasingly it is the retailers and private label suppliers who are driving innovation. In our case we are the only beverage supplier with in-house plastics recycling, enabling closed-loop recycling and supported by efficient vertically integrated bottling plants in twelve locations across the continent.
The PLMA is a non-profit organisation founded in 1979 to promote private label. It is the only organisation of its kind, representing more than 3,500 member companies around the globe.
The plant will be Ice River Springs’ thirteenth in North America, providing increased capacity to support the production of high quality bottled water for their private label customers and for Ice River Green, a brand made of 100% recycled PET.
“We are thrilled to open a brand new facility in Lachute, it will enable us to provide high quality bottled water to our customers in Quebec and the Maritimes using shorter transportation routes helping us to further reduce our carbon footprint” says Sandy Gott, Executive Vice President at Ice River Springs. “We are also very pleased to become a part of the local community and to create 21 jobs in Lachute” she stated.