For more than 50 years, Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water has been flowing through Florida. We're proud to be a part of this community, which is why we help take care of it through sponsorships, donations and volunteering here in the Sunshine State.
How do you spread good water stewardship? One way (which we've been supporting since it took to the road in 2013) is through a fully equipped mobile learning lab called WaterVentures. This free resource, a customized 53-foot semi-trailer, brings environmental education and stewardship to schools and community events all around Florida 12 months a year, 6 days a week. In 2017, this educating machine reached its 1 millionth visitor!
There's a reason people come to Florida. It's beautiful — and we want to help keep it that way. That's why we've partnered with Keep America Beautiful to bring more recycling bins to beaches, waterfronts and other public places. Because when you work and play in the Sunshine State like us, it just makes sense to keep it clean, green and beautiful.
In 2017, the Zephyrhills® Brand/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant program awarded grants to the following four communities across Florida with the goal of improving access to on-the-go recycling on beaches and other public recreation locations along waterways:
20,000+ estimated people given daily access to recycling bins, which will collect an estimated 60,000 lbs. of recyclables annually
120 permanent recycling bins added to public spaces and 100 event recycling bins supplied for community events
In addition to our partnerships, we also work within our own company to reduce waste. Since 1994, we've reduced the amount of PET plastic in our half-liter bottles by 60% and changed our labels to save almost 20 million pounds of paper. Our bottles are also 100% recyclable.
We've been lucky enough to be the leading sponsor and partner of the Crystal Springs Foundation since its start as a nonprofit organization in 2004. This world-class living laboratory and sanctuary provides quality environmental education programs which empower students to make environmentally conscious decisions. Through the Foundation, more than 50,000 students a year visit Crystal Springs Preserve to participate in hands-on lessons about springs ecology at the impressive 530-acre sanctuary. It's also a good opportunity to drop by their butterfly gardens, hike along miles of wooded trail or even go kayaking.
Our partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful helps support one big goal — to promote environmental stewardship through volunteerism and educational opportunities. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, the Zephyrhills® brand and other supporters have banded together to focus on projects that will significantly reduce or eliminate the amount of litter and debris entering the Hillsborough River Watershed.
pounds of trash removed
In 2016 alone, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and its 7,762 community volunteers removed a whopping 241,755 pounds of trash from waterways and shorelines.
As a part of the Florida community, we have a stake in maintaining sustainable practices. Our team of experts monitors and maintains all five of our spring sources with an eye toward the future. Because it's not just about us, it's about the things that make this such a great place to live.
We might be a little biased, but we think that Florida has some of the best springs out there. You'll find our five spring sources scattered among the sand dunes and palm trees across our great state. Learn about them for yourself — just remember to watch out for gators.