Native Water Adds Rhode Island School of Design to List of Venues Offering Sustainable Bottled Water

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Native Waters, a company that produces locally sourced natural spring water in earth-friendly PET plastic bottles, is now a preferred provider of bottled water at The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Native Waters was selected based on its commitment to offering bottled water that is earth-friendly, answering the sustainability concerns of students and administrators at the campus.

“Native Waters provided us with an alternative to traditional bottled water that allows us to meet the needs of our students while staying true to our goals of a sustainable environment," said Pierre St. Germain, assoc. director, dining & catering, RISD

Native Waters, a company that produces locally sourced natural spring water in earth-friendly PET plastic bottles, is now a preferred provider of bottled water at The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Native Waters was selected based on its commitment to offering bottled water that is earth-friendly, answering the sustainability concerns of students and administrators at the campus.

Native Water is bottled in ENSO Bottles, a biodegradable PET plastic bottle. The bottles are produced with Ecopure™, an additive added to the plastic manufacturing process that allows the bottles to be metabolized and neutralized on a microbial level, breaking down the plastic. ENSO bottles maintain the same physical properties and strengths as existing PET plastic bottles yet provide a more shelf stable solution than starch-based PLA materials and oxo-degradable plastics. The bottles are biodegradable in both anaerobic and aerobic environments and can also be successfully mixed with standard PET plastic recycling.     The bottle is also made with 25% recyclable plastic.

“At RISD, we are constantly striving to use products that meet a high standard of sustainability,” said Pierre St. Germain, executive chef and associate director, dining and catering, at RISD. “Although we offer many alternatives, our students, like many people, appreciate the convenience of bottled water. Native Waters provided us with an alternative to traditional bottled water that allows us to meet the needs of our students while staying true to our goals of a sustainable environment.”

In addition to using the ENSO bottle, Native Waters sources its water locally, minimizing its carbon footprint by eliminating long trucking routes for distribution. Native Water is sourced from springs in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts, both in Chester, and Southfield, MA. The water flows naturally through sand, clay and rocks, and provides Native Waters with a spring water which is exceedingly low in mineral and dissolved solid content.

“We are excited to be able to offer Native Water to students at RISD,” said Rodger Cohen, vice president and co-founder of Native Waters. “RISD is just one example of how organizations and institutions across New England can reach their sustainability goals while still offering their consumers the convenience they demand.”

Native Water is available in both a 500 ml and 700 ml size. The product is distributed by G. Housen of Brattleboro, Vt., Nasiff Fruit Company of Fall River, Mass., Great State Beverages of Hooksett, NH, Blue Coast Beverages of Mattapoisett, and Thomsen Food Service of Providence, RI. For more information on how you can offer Native Water, contact Rodger Cohen at Rodger(at)earthfriendlybottle(dot)com

Native Waters, LLC
Native Waters, LLC, was founded in 2009 by Steven Nasiff and Rodger Cohen. The company was founded to provide sustainable product solutions for the beverage industry using the latest technology and a local approach towards improving the environment for current and future generations. To learn more about Native Water in the ENSO biodegradable bottle, visit http://www.earthfriendlybottle.com or call 877.228.0711. Native Waters can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nativewaters.

About ENSO Bottles
ENSO Bottles, LLC, of Phoenix, Arizona is an environmental company dedicated to creating “Bottles for a Healthier Earth”. ENSO bottles are an environmental solution designed to biodegrade in anaerobic or aerobic environments leaving behind biogases and humus. ENSO bottles with EcoPure™ have been 3rd party tested and validated for biodegradability and recyclability using ASTM standards. To learn more about how you can help to reduce plastic pollution and improve our environment visit ENSO on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/ensobottles or contact ENSO Bottles at http://www.ensobottles.com or call 866.936.3676

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