SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION
Crystal Geyser® Alpine Spring Water® comes directly from nature. As the first U.S. beverage company to build and run PET recycling (rPET) plants, we plan to recycle the equivalent of 1.7 billion Crystal Geyser® bottles worth of plastic this year, which means we’re not just talking about sustainability — we’re taking action to be as sustainable as we can.
WHY WE USE PET
Polyethylene terephthalate or "PET" is an FDA approved plastic material used by many food and beverage companies because it’s safe, recyclable and durable. We avoid using virgin PET where possible in favor of Recycled polyethylene terephthalate, or “rPET,” as it is a more sustainable and has much less of an environmental impact on the planet.
THROUGH THE LOOP:
WE REUSE IT
At our new rPET facilities, we accept sorted, cut, cleaned, and recycled flakes of plastic from our recycling partners. We then reprocess the flakes into rPET pellets, performing further purity checks on every batch and then shipping them to our bottling plants to create new bottles for Crystal Geyser® Alpine Spring Water®. We plan to reuse the equivalent of nearly 1.7 billion Crystal Geyser® plastic bottles this year (about 39 million pounds), reprocessing that material into brand new bottles of Crystal Geyser® Alpine Spring Water®.
In 2019, we became the first U.S. beverage company to build and open its own recycled plastic, or “rPET,” plastic plant in San Bernardino, CA, and since 2023, a second rPET facility is operating in Benton, TN.
Kemi Omobo PhD.
Quality Control Manager, San Bernardino, CA
HOW IT WORKS
Through the loop with plastics
"CG Roxane is committed to addressing the plastic problem and we saw the value of rPET as one of several steps towards a solution — opening our own rPET facilities is just one way to ensure that we can achieve our sustainability goals."
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rPET PLANTS IN
SAN BERNARDINO, CA
AND BENTON, TN
In 2019, we became the first U.S. beverage company to build and open its own recycled plastic, or “rPET,” plastic plant in San Bernardino, CA, we're now doing the same in Benton, TN since 2023.
REDUCING PLASTIC WITH THE NEW EZ OPEN CAP
What makes our EZ Open Cap different? The cap is uniquely tethered to the bottle, and since they’re always connected, the cap is automatically recycled with the bottle. The easy one-click convenience means you'll never lose your cap again, while the all-in-one design keeps recycling your bottle effortlessly simple.
We installed over 2,800+ solar panels on the roof of our San Bernardino rPET processing plant in June 2021, and this sustainable energy source now constitutes over 20% of this plant’s daily electrical needs, with the ability to generate over 90% of its power when the sun is at its zenith. In just one year, this facility has generated over 1.76 GWh of energy and has saved over 2.7 million pounds in CO2 emissions — roughly the equivalent of planting over 20 thousand trees — since our solar panels first came online. These panels are another example of our ongoing commitment to sustainability and we have plans currently for 2 additional solar installations at other facilities.