HPU Makes a Splash With Eco-Friendly Bottled Water

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 8, 2009 – As part of its efforts to be environmentally friendly, High Point University announced on April 7 that it is replacing its plastic water bottles with Primo Water – water that comes in bottles made from bio-resin, or plants. 
Traditional beverage bottles are made from crude oil – so, with the switch, the university is helping to save a large amount of gasoline. In fact, 1 billion gallons of gasoline would be saved each year if all plastic beverage bottles were made from bio-resin.
Primo bottles emit 80 to 90 percent less greenhouse gas than traditional bottles and, because of unique manufacturing properties, require 65 percent less fossil fuels, 36 percent less water and 45 percent less energy demand. The Primo bottles biodegrade in less than 90 days in commercial composting facilities. They can also be recycled, like traditional bottles, or incinerated to produce thermal energy.
“We are excited about our new bio-resin bottle,” says Roger Clodfelter, director of WOW! at HPU. “High Point University is an innovative institution, and we are taking a proactive stance on environmental issues. It’s important for our students, our community and our world.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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