This past weekend I attended a delicious local food truck festival and discovered boxed water! Not luxury, specialty or flavored water, but plain, purified water in a boldly printed box that says, “Boxed Water is Better”. What a great idea – in the fast-growing water bottle market, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been boxed before.
Boxed Water is Better, LLC, started in 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the mission of creating a new water company with simple, sustainable packaging, one that gives back to foundations and one with a lower carbon footprint than traditional bottled water.
About 76% of the box is manufactured from trees grown in certified, well-managed forests where new ones are constantly grown to replace those harvested. Using this renewable resource, trees, which also sequester carbon dioxide, makes it one of the most sustainable beverage packages available.
The water is carbon-filtered, purified drinking water from the municipal source in each of their major markets. The boxes are shipped flat to the local filling company, a significantly more energy-efficient way to ship, where they are then filled. The boxes are easily recycled and can be flattened to take up less space.
I love the look of the boxed water. The no-nonsense black and white printing on the box simply says what it is “Boxed Water is Better” with a water drop. One panel on the box explains their environmentally friendly, sustainable, give back philosophy. 10% of their profits are donated to world water relief foundations and another 10% donated to reforestation foundations.
Boxed Water is Better is working on US and international distribution in both small and large retailers. In the Boston area, Boxed Water is Better is carried at Bloomingdale’s. You can also order a carton of 12 or 24 online. One 500 ml box cost $1.00. Cheap!!!
While I still think it is better to use a BPA-free, stainless steel water bottle, there are definitely times when you need to buy one. This is the solution for me! I’d much rather drink out of a water box from a company with a socially responsible mission than a plastic water bottle. Look for Boxed Water is Better in your area!
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