Bottled water companies' efforts at attaining a lighter environmental footprint also include using more recycled PET plastic (rPET) in its bottles; using biodegradable and compostable containers, and introducing hybrid trucks to delivery fleets.
- Bottled water containers, as with all food packaging materials, must be made from FDA-approved food contact substances. Thus, the plastic and glass containers that are used for bottled water products have undergone FDA scrutiny prior to being available for use in the market place. FDA has determined that the containers used by the bottled water industry are safe for use with food and beverage products, including bottled water, and that they do not pose a health risk to consumers.
- Bottled water's popularity with consumers for everyday personal hydration and its leading role in emergency preparedness gives it an important place in society. Given the high rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity in the United States, any efforts to discourage consumers from drinking water – either bottled water or tap – are not in the public interest.