FIJI Water has announced a new commitment to sustainability. On October 16, the company disclosed that they would make all plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic by 2025, and from 20% recycled plastic by 2020.
FIJI Water has longstanding sustainability commitments, including a $750 million climate change pledge from the owners of its parent company. This donation, made in September 2019, was given to Caltech for environmental sustainability research. Part of the research will be in making plastics that decompose.
Single-use bottles are a significant portion of sales for FIJI water. To help reduce single use packaging, the company will offer a 2.5 gallon and 5 gallon bottle option. These can go in refrigerators and the 5 gallon option is designed to go into hot and cold water dispensers. These 2.5 and 5 gallon bottles use 76% less plastic, according to the company. The company will continue innovation and research in plastics in order to reduce their prevalence.
In a press release announcing the commitment, President of FIJI Water Elizabeth Stephenson said, “The transition to 100 percent rPET is the cornerstone of our comprehensive approach to sustainability. Environmental sustainability and the preservation of nature is critical to our well-being on this planet. As one of the world’s leading source waters, we believe the best things come from nature, and are dedicated to taking steps to protect the environment today and for generations to come. Recycled plastics are one way to ensure that we are participating in the circular economy, encouraging recycling and reuse.”
FIJI Water is the number one premium imported bottled water in the United States. According to its website, the company works with Conservation International on numerous environmental projects and commitments.
Bottled water is a growing problem because of plastic pollution. A million plastic bottles are sold around the world every minute, according to the Guardian. That’s a lot of plastic waste. Plastic is harmful to animal and marine life when it ends up in oceans and waterways.
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