Water bottles from wood materials Poland Spring explores alternatives

Nestlé Waters North America brand works with Universityof Maine on bio-based materials to reduce packaging impact on environment

Poland Spring bottled water and the University of Maineare trying to develop new packaging materials from trees grown in the state.

The bio-based materials could become alternativepackaging for Poland Spring Brand 100% Natural Spring Water products, soldlargely in plastic bottles. The brand’s springs are in Maine, and it operatesthree bottling plants there.

Parent company Nestlé Waters North America is trying toreduce use of nonrenewable materials derived from petroleum, which fits withthe goal of the university’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute to developand commercialize applications for fiber byproducts from sustainably harvestedMaine wood. The idea is to move toward a circular economy model by using allparts of the natural resource.

"The University of Maine is pioneering new renewableand sustainable wood-based materials and processes that can be used as analternative to petroleum-derived products, making them the ideal collaboratoras we strive for a low-carbon, waste-free future," says David Tulauskas,VP and chief sustainability officer, Nestlé Waters North America.

Finding diverse uses for the wood byproducts is crucialto the state’s forest economy, says Patrick Strauch, executive director of theMaine Forest Products Council. "The expanded use of forest-based biomassin areas such as packaging, infrastructure, equipment, novel materials and evenbiofuels is a key development objective for the Maine forest sector, and thisinitiative between Poland Spring and UMaine is a great start.”

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