Q. Where is your water sourced?
A. Our natural alkaline spring water is sourced exclusively from Langlade Springs in pristine northern Wisconsin. The aquifer from which it is drawn was formed naturally by ice age glaciers that moved through Langlade County about 15,000 years ago. We tested many different water sources before determining that Langlade Springs was the cleanest, purest, best tasting natural alkaline spring water available anywhere. We think you’ll agree.
Q. Are the springs protected?
A. The springs from which we source our water are protected and monitored constantly to ensure initial water purity meets our rigorous standards.
Q. Are there any additives in your water?
A. Unlike many bottled water brands and municipal water sources, Green2O contains nothing but pure, clean, natural spring water. Municipal water often contains additives such chlorine, which can lead to the formation of potentially carcinogenic chemical compounds known as trihalomethanes (THMs). Some bottled water brands even contain trace amounts of potassium chloride, a toxic compound that is used in lethal injections.
Q. What is UV treatment?
A. Ultraviolet (UV) treatment is a process in which water is sanitized through exposure to ultraviolet light. It has long been recognized as a safe and effective way to naturally eliminate pathogens such as algae and bacteria during the water bottling process. Unlike chlorine treatment, which alters the taste of the water, UV treatment preserves taste without leaving behind any potentially harmful byproducts. We use this method, as well as micron filtering, to ensure that you get the cleanest and purest natural spring water available.
Q. What is micron filtration?
A. Micron filtration is a process by which a substance is filtered through mesh screens with microscopic holes. The smaller the holes, the more contaminants the filter can remove. Our 100% natural spring water undergoes micron filtration to physically remove any microscopic impurities without the use of potentially harmful chemical additives.
Q. What does biodegradable mean?
A. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines biodegradation as "a process by which microbial organisms transform or alter (through metabolic or enzymatic action) the structure of chemicals introduced into the environment."
Q. Are most plastic bottles biodegradable?
A. Plastic bottles are designed for strength and durability. Because of their chemical structure, they are difficult for microorganisms to metabolize. Most plastic bottles will take hundreds or thousands of years to biodegrade, even in landfill conditions.
Q. What makes your bottle biodegradable?
A. Our bottles are treated with a special additive comprised of organic materials that accelerate the natural biodegradation of plastics in landfill conditions.
Q. Is the bottle additive safe for me and for the environment?
A. Yes. The additive in our bottles is compliant for food contact applications under both Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and European Union (EU) food contact regulations. It is comprised of organic materials and contains no heavy metals or hazardous materials. Further, the Environmental Working Group rated each component of the additive as “0” or “1” on their ingredient hazard score key, which indicates a “low hazard”.
Q. How long does the bottle take to biodegrade?
A. Independent third-party testing of our bottles using internationally recognized ASTM methods resulted in 32.7% biodegradation in 10 months in simulated landfill conditions. Actual rate of biodegradation will vary dependent upon environmental conditions and the biological activity of microorganisms surrounding the plastic. For a copy of the testing report, please click here
Q. Will the bottle biodegrade in a sealed landfill?
A. Yes. The additive in our bottles accelerates the natural biodegradation of plastics in all biologically active landfills, including aerobic (in the presence of oxygen) and anaerobic (without oxygen) environments. This has been validated by independent certified laboratories using internationally recognized test methods.
Q. Will the bottle biodegrade in the ocean?
A. Because ocean conditions are incredibly varied and difficult to replicate, it is unknown whether the Green2O bottle will biodegrade in the ocean at this time. What we do know if that the ocean is teeming with microbes – as much as 98% of the ocean’s biomass is comprised of microbes. While it is plausible that the additive in our bottles will accelerate the natural biodegradation of plastic in the ocean, we cannot say for sure until further testing is conducted.
Q. Does the additive leach into the water?
A. No. The additive is an integral part of the plastic and it will not leach into the water within. Further, the bottle requires an active microbial environment (such as a landfill or ocean floor) for biodegradation. Store shelves and your refrigerator are not considered such environments.
Q. Why should I drink bottled water?
A. Municipal water sources typically contain additives such as chlorine and fluoride in order to sterilize the water and help prevent tooth decay. Studies suggest that high concentrations of these chemical additives can be harmful to the human body. Bottled natural spring water can provide a cleaner, purer way to stay hydrated. Unfortunately, not all bottled water is created equal. That is why we have worked so hard to make Green2O the cleanest possible source of premium hydration that is better for your body and for the environment.