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EWG's Bottled Water Scorecard, 2011
January 25, 2012

EWG's Bottled Water Scorecard, 2011: Find Your Water

Ethos Water Natural Spring Water
Grade: F
sold by Starbucks
U.S. map showing states where samples were purchased
State purchasedAverage gradeMeets state labeling laws?
California F no
District of Columbia F n/a


n/a = not assessed

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LABEL Full information on label & website? ADVANCED TREATMENT? GRADE
SOURCE PURIFICATION TESTING

2010 summary

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F

2009 summary

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F

LABEL 1
Ethos Water Natural Spring Water Label
District of Columbia
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F

LABEL 2
Ethos Water Natural Spring Water Label
California
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F

WATER SOURCE
Label information: Label 1:
"Nature's Way Springs, White Haven, PA 18661"

Label 2:
"Baxter Natural Springs, Baxter, CA 95701 or Sugar Pine Springs, Sugar Pine, CA 95346"
Website information: "flows naturally from protected, sustainable springs, including Baxter Springs located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California and Tomhicken Springs located in Pocono Valley of Northeastern Pennsylvania"
PURIFICATION METHOD
Label information: Labels 1 & 2:
None Listed
Website information: None Listed
TESTING CONDUCTED
What information is on the label? Labels 1 & 2:
"For questions or information on water quality, call 888-88-ETHOS"
Is the water quality report online? No
What tests were conducted? None Listed
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
On the labelLabel 1:
Helping children get clean water. Our Mission: We began with a simple idea: "Let's create a bottled water to help children around the world get clean water." We felt compelled to make a difference, because more than 1 billion people lack clean water access, and the problem affects children most. Ethos water donates 5 cents for every bottle sold toward humanitarian water programs. Our current goal is to invest $10 million in these programs by 2010. Already, we are helping children and their communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Thank you for joining our efforts.

Label 2:
Helping children get clean water. Our Mission: We began with a simple idea: "Let's create a bottled water to help children around the world get clean water." We felt compelled to make a difference, because more than 1 billion people lack clean water access, and the problem affects children most. Ethos water donates 5 cents for every bottle sold toward humanitarian water programs. Our current goal is to invest $10 million in these programs by 2010. Already, we are helping children and their communitis in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Thank you for joining our efforts. Bottled Exclusively for: Ethos Water, 2401 Utah Ave S., Seattle, WA 98134.
Green claims/donationsLabel 1:
The mission of Ethos Water is to help children around the world get clean water and to raise awareness of the world water crisis. For each bottle of Ethos Water sold in the U.S. and Canada, Starbucks contributes US$0.05 and CN$0.10 respectively to the Ethos Water Fund, which is part of The Starbucks Foundation. Through its multi-grant payout structure, The Starbucks Foundation continues to fulfill it's commitments to organizations that are working to help alleviate the world water crisis.

WATER QUALITY REPORT (WQR)
Is the WQR available online? No
What is contained in the WQR? Labels 1 & 2:
No WQR available
Does WQR available provide comparable information to municipal WQR? No

DATA SOURCE(S)
Label purchase location(s) (date):Label 1:
  • Starbucks, Washington, DC (24-Apr-10)


Label 2:
  • Information Not Available, Oakland, CA (May-10)

Official website:www.ethoswater.com

LABEL 1: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 2.0 / 2.0 0.8 / 1.0 2.8 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 0.0 / 2.0 0.0 / 1.0 0.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 1.0 / 1.0 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.0 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -1.0 / 1.0
Total 3.0 / 5.0 0.8 / 4.0 2.8 / 10.0
Advanced treatment no treatment used/ none listed
Meets state labeling laws?
Final Grade

F


LABEL 2: SCORE/GRADE DETAILS
Information Provided Label Website Total  
Water source 1.5 / 2.0 0.8 / 1.0 2.3 / 3.0 Grade Key
A: 8.6-10.0
B: 6.9-8.5
C: 5.0-6.8
D: 2.9-4.9
F:-2.0-2.8
Purification method 0.0 / 2.0 0.0 / 1.0 0.0 / 3.0
Testing conducted 1.0 / 1.0 0.0 / 2.0 1.0 / 3.0
Thorough water quality report? +0.0 / 1.0
Compliant with state law? -0.5 / 1.0
Basic, unknown, or no treatment -1.0 / 1.0
Total 2.5 / 5.0 0.8 / 4.0 1.8 / 10.0
Advanced treatment no treatment used/ none listed
Meets state labeling laws? out of compliance with california regulation: only provides one means of contacting the company for additional information on water quality; water quality report available via phone as stated on label
Final Grade

F