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    Weis Water Goes Green

    PA grocer is the first U.S. chain with its water in recycled plastic bottles

    The bottles for Weis Quality 24-pack 20-ounce bottled water are now made with 100 percent recycled PET plastic, making Weis Markets the first supermarket company in the country to offer this environmentally friendly bottle.

    “We know that eight out of 10 plastic bottles end up in landfills,” said Bruno Garisto, Weis Markets’ director of corporate brands. “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.”

    The bottle, which uses 25 percent less plastic, is manufactured with recycled resin derived from baled post-consumer plastic purchased from municipal recycling plants. Weis Quality bottled water 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.

    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 percent less refrigerant than a typical American supermarket. In addition, Weis Markets stores annually recycle 1 million pounds of plastic bags and 14 million pounds of cardboard.

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

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