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Poland Spring announced Monday a plan to use 100 per cent recycled plastic for all its noncarbonated water containers, a move that comes amid growing concern about plastic pollution.
The Maine-based company said the effort kicks off this month with 1-liter bottles. By 2022, the company plans to use 100% recycled plastic for bottles in all of its still water lines. A niche product called Poland Spring Origin also uses 100% recycled plastic bottles.
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The migration to recycled containers comes as the bottled water industry faces continued criticism over its use of plastic, much of which ends up as trash or litter. In Maine, Poland Spring has also faced scrutiny over the volume of water pumped from the ground as the brand has surged in popularity.
Kirstie Pecci, from the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation, said Poland Spring's recycling efforts are better than nothing, but it would be much better for Americans to drink tap water.
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'Recycling plastic is better than not recycling plastic, but it's always better not to use plastic at all,' said Pecci, who directs the conservation group's zero waste program.
Bottled water surpassed carbonated beverages as the nation's top beverage segment several years ago. The segment grew another 5% last year, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation...
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