US – Michigan-based provider of sustainably packaged water, Boxed Water Is Better® has received CarbonNeutral® product certification from Climate Impact Partners, specialists in carbon market solutions for climate action.

Boxed Water offers renewable packaged water alternatives to plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

After conducting an independent assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions from its 500ml cartons, Boxed Water revealed that emissions from its sourcing, production, distribution and disposal are lower than those from plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

The company has offset 1,950 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent through internal operations to meet its carbon-neutral targets.

In addition, the firm aims to financially support projects that are fostering a low-carbon global economy.

Robert Koenen, Boxed Water™ Chief Revenue Officer said: “CarbonNeutral® certification has been a goal of ours for a long time.

“We came into the water category with a goal to set a higher standard and do better for the planet. In order to achieve this specific milestone, we conducted a rigorous internal audit to fully understand our carbon footprint.

“This information allowed us to take the necessary steps to reduce our carbon footprint and will help inform us as we continue to make positive changes.”

Established in 2009, Boxed Water claims to be the first company to offer sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic water bottles and aluminum cans, which are consumed at the rate of 50 billion per year in the U.S.

The company said the CarbonNeutral certification highlights its commitment to environmental sustainability.

It has also achieved 1% For The Planet status and partnered with the National Forest Foundation and Ocean Blue Project.

The company says that its cartons are 92% plant-based (including the cap), all sourced from sustainably harvested pines and tree pulp waste.

Earlier this year, Boxed water urged industries and individuals to flex their purchase power and reduce the use of single plastics.

The call comes shortly after research by UNESCO revealed that a shocking 150 million tonnes of single-use plastic are produced annually by the international hotel industry in the US.

Out of this, less than 10% of single-use plastic waste is recycled correctly, the research reveals.

In a bid to change the narrative, some hotels and hotel operators are stepping up. The Four Seasons Baltimore has recently begun switching from single-use plastic water bottles to Boxed Water™.

Arlo Wynwood property in Miami has also selected Boxed Water™ cartons for each room and special events, noting that sustainability resonates with their clientele who aim to make conscious efforts to help the environment.

With the increased adoption of recyclable packaging for water, cosmetics and takeaway foodstuff, the hotel industry is moving in the right direction in the fight against plastic pollution.

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