Nalgene commits to greener production, extends product line

Nalgene commits to greener production, extends product line

Nalgene Outdoor's Sustain line of water bottles comes in 32 choices. (provided)
Nalgene Outdoor’s Sustain line of water bottles comes in 32 choices. (provided)

Nalgene Outdoor, the maker of reusable water bottles, has committed to significantly increasing its manufacturing with recycled materials. By the end of 2021, Nalgene will strive to convert all production of its reusable water bottles to Tritan Renew material, a revolutionary resin made from 50 percent recycled material.

Nalgene, a division of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., is located in Fairport. The company kicked off the initiative in August 2020 when it led the industry in adopting the groundbreaking properties of Tritan Renew material in the launch of its Nalgene Sustain bottle, the first and only reusable bottle on the market made from recycled materials that is durable, reliable, BPA-free, and dishwasher safe.

This week Nalgene introduced a broad extension to the Sustain line with the introduction of more sizes and styles in its first wave to convert production fully to Tritan Renew material by the end of 2021. The Sustain line has grown to 32 product choices. Consumers also can create a custom design for a Sustain bottle using the Nalgene Customizer for $25.

“When Nalgene created the reusable water bottle category more than 70 years ago, the brand was a pioneer in sustainability, and we remain as committed to sustainability today as we were then,” said Nalgene Outdoor General Manager Elissa McGee. “We’ve never wavered in producing our bottles in the USA to reduce our carbon footprint; and our decision to be the first to adopt and today to extend the use of recycled materials in the production of Nalgene bottles is another bold step to continuously increase the eco-benefits of Nalgene hydration gear.”

Company officials note that choosing a Nalgene reusable water bottle, especially a Nalgene Sustain bottle made from certified recycled material or the equivalent of eight single-use bottles, significantly multiplies the benefits of offsetting fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Founded in 1949 as a manufacturer of the first plastic pipette holder, Nalgene soon expanded its product line to include state-of-the-art polyethylene labware under the Nalgene brand. By the mid-1970s, outdoor enthusiasts had discovered the taste and odor-resistant, leak-proof and rugged properties of the company’s selection of plastic containers. In response to this emerging demand, Nalgene Outdoor Products was formed.

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