Pennsylvania-based grocer Weis Markets says 16.9-oz. bottles for its 24-pack of private-label water now made with 100% rPET; produced and bottled by Ice River Springs, product packaging also uses 25% less plastic

SUNBURY, Pennsylvania , February 9, 2011 (press release) – The bottles for Weis Quality 24-pack 16.9-ounce Bottled water are now made with 100-percent recycled PET plastic; Weis Markets is the first supermarket company in the country to offer this environmentally friendly bottle.

The bottle is manufactured with recycled resin derived from baled post-consumer plastic purchased from municipal recycling plants.  Weis Quality 24-pack bottled water, which also uses 25% less plastic, is produced and bottled by Ice River Springs, a leading North American bottled water company with eight manufacturing plants throughout Canada and the United States.

“We know that eight out of ten plastic bottles end up in landfills.  Our new Weis Quality 24-pack bottled water is a creative, practical product that helps our company address this challenge and allows us to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Bruno Garisto, Weis Markets’ Director of Corporate Brands.

In recent years, Weis Markets has expanded its sustainability program to make its stores more energy efficient and to reduce their carbon footprint.  In 2011, it will open three new superstores that will use 60% less refrigerant than a typical American supermarket, reducing their impact on the ozone layer.  In addition, Weis Markets stores annually recycle one million pounds of plastic bags and 14 million pounds of cardboard.

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets currently operates 164 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia.

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