Canadian Packaging

Good Greif! BPA-Free Reusable Water Bottles


February 3, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Greif Packaging, a wholly owned subsidiary of Greif, Inc., has developed a new bisphenol-A (BPA) -free, FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) compliant copolyester water bottle for the home/office delivery market. The new bottle has the same dimensions, design elements and features of Greif’s existing polycarbonate bottles.

The bottles come in standard 3- and 5-gallon round and handled sizes. Independent laboratory testing using the Comprehensive Bottled Water or “50 State Compliance” Tests has demonstrated that all parameters are below the maximum contaminant level.

“Every water bottle we make is checked for fit and finish,” explains said Rick Volker, Greif sales and marketing manager-Water Bottles. “Each undergoes automated checks for weight, top-load strength and leakproofness. As a final check, we take bottles at random during each shift, fill them full with water, and drop test them three times from four feet.”

Volker continues: “Our customers told us they wanted a BPA-free alternative to the polycarbonate water bottle that looked good and would meet the industry’s standards. We started a development program evaluating many resins until we hit upon copolyester. Copolyester bottles match the transparent and glossy look of polycarbonate bottles and drop tests confirm that they meet the requirements set within the industry.”

Greif is a global leader in industrial packaging products and services producing steel, plastic, fiber, corrugated and multiwall containers and containerboard, and provides blending, filling and packaging services for a wide range of industries.

For more information, visit www.greif.com.