THEY’RE HERE: THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
Just as the mighty Mackinac bridge connects Michigan’s two peninsulas, we connect you with the answer that you seek (as long as your questions are about Ice Mountain® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water. Don’t see what you’re looking for? No worries! Contact us and we’ll get back to you.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines spring water as “water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth”. The FDA sets stringent national standards for what qualifies as “spring water”- standards that Ice Mountain® consistently meets or exceeds. To view the FDA requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations, please see: CFR-Title 21.
We don’t have an expiration date on our bottles — just a "Best By" date. To figure out the “Best By” date, find the letters “BB” one inch above or below the label (depending on where your bottle was made).
Ice Mountain® Brand products have the following “Best By” dates:
- Sparkling 1.0L PET: 12 months from manufacturing date
- Sparkling 0.5L PET: 9 months from manufacturing date
- Still (non-carbonated): 18 months from manufacturing date.
When it comes to our water, we’re all about transparency. We keep our bottled water quality reports (based on independent testing from certified labs) right here ready and available to read at your leisure. It’s good info to know!
We go through a step-by-step process (10 steps to be exact) to provide an all-around great product. Check out our Water Quality Report and see how we keep our water high-quality from spring to sip.
Good question — it’s actually pretty interesting (we think). Natural spring water changes depending on a handful of factors. Our bottled spring water comes from carefully selected spring sources, so its pH level may differ from bottle to bottle. You can download our Water Quality Report to identify the pH range that we typically see from the various spring sources.
There are quite a few benefits, but to save time, we’ll share our favorite: Natural spring water comes from the earth, which means it has naturally occurring minerals that are unique to the individual source. That’s what gives it that fresh taste we all love so much.
The FDA and other international health organizations and regulatory agencies have approved the kind of plastic we use as a safe food packaging material. Here at Ice Mountain brand, we continually evaluate packaging materials for safety and abide by all FDA regulations. Additionally, all current and available scientific evidence indicates that our bottled water packaging is safe when consumed by its “Best By” date, stored at moderate temperatures and kept away from strong-smelling cleansers and chemicals.
BPA Free is a term than can only be used with certain types of “virgin plastic” bottles, meaning bottles made only with new plastic material that has not been previously used, sterilized and re-made into plastic pellets. Today, the majority of our bottles are made with virgin plastic and are BPA free. This includes our “single serve” bottles, ranging from 8 ounces to 1.5 Liters, and our “multi-serve” sizes, ranging from 3 Liter to 5 gallons.
As a company, we are looking to use more recycled plastic in our bottles and eventually would like all of our bottles to be made with 100% recycled plastic. In this way, we can give new life to some of the existing plastic in our society, helping to keep it out of landfill and waterways. Our recycled plastic would meet or exceed all FDA guidelines. Recycled plastic is virtually BPA-Free, but due to recycling process, we cannot use the term BPA-Free.
Is Chicago cold in the winter? Yes — nearly ALL of our water bottles are recyclable! And when our 3-gallon and 5-gallon bottles are returned to us, we wash, sanitize and refill them more than 20 times (that’s a lot, we know). At the end of all that, we recycle them one last time. To join the (almost) never-ending cycle, visit how2Recycle.info to see how and where to recycle in your community.
What a great question — we’re so happy you asked! Did you know that plastic water bottles can be recycled and made into clothing, benches, toys, carpet — even another water bottle? Recycling plastic water bottles is simple — simply empty the bottle, replace the cap and put it in a recycling bin. If your community collects recyclables, you may be able to put your empty water bottles out for collection. If not, go to how2Recycle.info to find a recycling location.
It might be surprising to hear that bottled water has among the lowest environmental footprint of all other packaged beverages. But that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working to make that impact smaller. We’ve reduced the amount of PET plastic in our half-liter bottles by 42% since 2005. But the most important step when drinking from a plastic water bottle is to make sure you recycle it. Doing right by the environment is important to us. That’s one of the reasons why we constructed our bottling facility the way we did in Stanwood, Michigan. It was one of the first food and beverage manufacturing buildings in the US to earn the Green Building Council’s LEED Certification.
Ice Mountain Brand 100% Natural Spring Water comes from carefully selected spring sources in several states. To get the full story on the water we all love, read more about our springs here .
No, we have never sourced water in or near Flint. We source water from three springs in the Muskegon River watershed, about 120 miles away from Flint. However we are deeply concerned about the health and safety of Flint residents, which is why, along with one of our sister bottled water brands, we pledged 1.5 million bottles of water to Flint schools, and have partnered with Keep America Beautiful to help install infrastructure and raise awareness supporting recycling in Flint schools.
As our business grows, yes we are hoping to expand in Michigan. In 2017, we invested $37 million to expand our bottling facility in Stanwood, Michigan. And we have applied to the state for an increase in water production from one of our existing spring sources. You can learn more about our operations in Michigan here.
Absolutely. The FDA’s regulations for bottled water are just as strict as the EPA’s regulations for tap water, if not stricter. To us, better standards mean a more fresh-tasting water, so we also test each bottling line more than 250 times a year. (If you think that’s meticulous, you should check out our quality reports.
We just knew you would ask this one. You won’t find Ice Mountain on a globe or a map. That’s because it only exists ... in our hearts. Our name was inspired by the glaciers that once covered the northern US. Just close your eyes and you’ll feel as if you’re standing on the peak of a magnificent mountaintop.
We’re glad you’d like to get involved. Send your sponsorship or donation request here. As a note, we can only consider proposals 45 days in advance of your opportunity. The earlier you send it, the earlier we can respond to your request. Also, please keep in mind that we receive hundreds of requests for support each year and although we’d like to fund each one, that just isn’t possible.
Deals do come around every once in a while to help our fans stay refreshed. Be sure to keep an eye out for local circulars and on store shelves.
Don’t feel like going to the store? We don’t blame you! Just hop on over to ReadyRefresh™ (our convenient delivery service) or give us a ring at: 1-888-771-4943 to learn if you’re in our delivery area. Then it’s as easy as walking to your front porch.
Believe it or not, we add bubbles to our natural spring water by dissolving carbon dioxide gas at a low concentration (but you probably should believe it, because it’s true!).
Nope, they’re both great! The adult human body is made up of roughly 60% water, so it’s important to replenish water that is lost naturally throughout the day as we sweat, visit the restroom and even breathe. All water — still or sparkling — can help you maintain a proper balance and does so without providing extra calories or added sugar. It’s a great idea to make it your first choice for daily hydration.
You bet! We just add carbonation to our natural spring water.
No, we add the carbonation after we source our spring water. We think it’s a great addition to that spring water taste our fans know and love.
We don’t have sparkling water in cans, but we do offer sparkling water in bottles. You can find them in .5 L and 1 L sizes and in the following bubbly flavors: Original, Lemon, Mandarin Orange, Black Cherry and Raspberry Lime.
When it comes to the Ice Mountain family, we don’t play favorites. We love all our flavors equally. But we want to hear your opinion — try them out and let us know what you think!