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In light of Earth Day, the Texas State Aquarium has made a huge move in environmental conservation by no longer offering plastic water bottles. The switch to boxed water sets a new precedent in the growing effort to lessen our impact on the planet.
On Saturday, April 23, the aquarium will begin selling boxed water in place of plastic bottles. The two sizes available will be a half-liter (16.9 ounces) and one liter (33.8 ounces). This change is taking place on the same day as the aquarium’s Earth Day: Party for the Planet celebration.
The company behind this inventive packaging is Boxed Water is Better, LLC, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The water is being supplied to the Texas State Aquarium by Pepsi Co, its beverage partner.
These new containers are 100% BPA free and are completely recyclable. A five-step process for purity means boxed water is free from chromium, arsenic, MTBE, chlorine, fluoride, and trace pharmaceuticals. In the US alone, 30,000 plastic water bottles end up in the ocean and in landfills every day.
We are hopeful that Texas State Aquarium’s decision to make the switch will spark a trend in businesses and consumers to continue to come up with new and innovative ways to deliver sustainable products and set new milestones in our endeavor to heal the planet.