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Two Proposed Michigan House Bills puts 2,500 Michigan Jobs at risk, and further Tax its Residents

PLYMOUTH, Michigan, U.S.A. | Sept. 26, 2009 /PRNewswire/

Two proposed Michigan House Bills (HB 5389 & HB 5388) will mean more taxes levied on Michigan consumers and companies. These bills will also single-out Michigan companies, putting them at a significant competitive disadvantage, and will drive more jobs out of the state.

Michigan House Bill #HB 5389, introduced by Rep. George Cushingberry, of Detroit, proposes that a 20¢ per gallon excise tax be levied against every gallon of Michigan ground water which is then bottled for sale and consumption. The impact of such legislation will amount to a 16% tax increase for Michigan residents on a case of bottled water. This, coupled with Michigan House Bill #HB 5388, also introduced by Rep. Cushingberry, which proposes a 1¢ excise tax on every bottle of water sold in Michigan, will amount to a 22% Tax at the register on a case of Michigan-produced bottled water.

Furthermore, in addition to the tax effect on Michigan’s already beleaguered consumers, the proposed 20¢ per gallon tax will only be levied against companies with Michigan spring sources, and not those importing bottled water from out-of-state, or out of the country. This would give imports a competitive advantage over Michigan bottlers, and likely drive those same bottlers from the state to become competitive, costing Michigan an additional 2,500 local jobs.

These two pieces of legislation amount to punitive taxes for bottling companies operating in the state, as well as for those Michigan residents who prefer Michigan bottled spring water as the healthy alternative to meet their daily hydration needs.

Any consumers that wish to put an end to this and other senseless legislation being considered as a way to meet Michigan government’s anticipated revenue shortfall, and who want their voices heard, should contact their state representative and let their opinion be known. A complete list of Michigan’s state representatives can be found at: http://house.michigan.gov/replist.asp

The health and financial welfare of both Michigan’s citizens and Michigan companies cannot afford the far reaching effects that such legislation would create.

About Absopure Water Company:

The Absopure Water Company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008, and has been privately owned by the Young family for over 50 years. Headquartered in Michigan, Absopure branded water products (including Absopure Natural Spring Water, Cap 10, Vigor and Montreaux) are distributed nationwide through retail outlets and direct delivery to homes, offices and industry – as well as Absopure office coffee and refreshment services in the mid-west. One of the top 10 water companies in the United States, Absopure is a leader in recycling plastic bottles, and recently introduced the all-new, environmentally friendly Eco-Pak™ bottle, which is made from recycled bottles.


Michigan Jobs Are Not a Luxury

PLYMOUTH, Michigan, U.S.A. | Sept. 28, 2009

Create More Michigan Jobs

Taxing Bottled Water Hurts Community Health, Recycling Efforts and Jobs in Michigan

PLYMOUTH, Michigan, U.S.A. | Sept. 11, 2009

Absopure Water Company, a century old U.S. business and Michigan’s leading supplier of bottled water solutions for homes, offices and retailers, responds to a political push to tax every bottle of water sold in Michigan.

In addition to being an employer of over 1,000 people in Michigan, Absopure and its affiliates are also industry leaders in recycling, forming its own recycling facility in 1988, and recycles over 3 billion containers every year in Michigan.

The implementation of the proposed 1 cent tax on every bottle of water, which is being proposed to help close a budget deficit, would have far reaching negative effects on the Michigan economy. This proposed legislation is purported to generate a proposed $17 million to $19 million annually. In reality, the effect would be to add taxes to Michigan’s citizenry that is already plagued by a state unemployment rate that is highest in the nation, cost Michigan jobs, and severely affect Michigan’s efforts at curbside recycling.

Most consumers buy bottled water in cases, which means that a case of water would increase as much as 35 cents at the register, or a 5% to 10% price increase with every case of water. As proposed, the legislation would not affect beverages that are contributing to the obesity of our residents, but singles out bottled water, arguably the healthiest drink available for purchase - discouraging the purchase of the healthy alternative.

In addition to the direct effect at the cash register and the health effect for Michigan’s citizens, the state’s environment would also fall victim to the loss of many of the curbside recycling programs that have been adopted over recent years as a result of a reduction in the number of bottles appearing in their recycling bins each week. Unknown to many is the fact that most bottled water containers are made with PET #1 material – the most universally recycled material of any. It is the recycling of this and other plastics that actually pay for the curbside recycling programs in most communities. Increasing the recycling rate of plastic bottles from 20% to 30% would create an additional 7,000 to 13,000 new ‘green jobs’ in Michigan alone. A reduction of the same proportion, due to a drop in bottled water sales as a result of the proposed tax, would have the reverse effect on jobs by eliminating many of the curbside recycling programs.

In addition to a loss of jobs, the disappearance of these curbside recycling programs would negatively affect Michigan’s environment by now necessitating that the recyclable paper, metal and glass products that regularly appear in those bins once again be deposited in Michigan’s landfills.

The health, financial welfare of Michigan’s citizens, nor its environment, cannot afford the far reaching effects that such legislation would create.

About Absopure Water Company:

The Absopure Water Company celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008, and has been privately owned by the Young family for over 50 years. Headquartered in Michigan, Absopure branded water products (including Absopure Natural Spring Water, Cap 10, Vigor and Montreaux) are distributed nationwide through retail outlets and direct delivery to homes, offices and industry – as well as Absopure office coffee and refreshment services in the mid-west. One of the top 10 water companies in the United States, Absopure is a leader in recycling plastic bottles, and recently introduced the all-new, environmentally friendly Eco-Pak™ bottle, which is made from recycled bottles.


Absopure Celebrates Earth Day

PLYMOUTH, Michigan, U.S.A. | April 22, 2009

Absopure Water Company is proud to celebrate Earth Day 2009 with the release of the all-new environmentally friendly Eco-Pak. The Absopure Natural Spring Water Eco-Pak bottles are made from recycled bottles - with each bottle containing a minimum 10% recycled content. The Eco-Pak encourages the use of recycled materials and promotes community and curbside recycling - important initiatives that Absopure is taking to help protect our environment.

It may come as a surprise, but until recently, no water company used recycled plastics in their packaging. However, recycling has been a top priority for Absopure since 1988 when they established their recycling affiliate Clean Tech. That made Absopure the first bottled water company to recycle its own plastic water bottles. Clean Tech is now responsible for recycling over 3 billion plastic bottles per year and is one of the country's largest plastic bottle recyclers.

This commitment to recycling has led to not only the successful inception of the Eco-Pak bottle, but has also created hundreds of Michigan jobs. From the two Michigan Clean Tech facilities, to Absopure's bottle manufacturer (also in Michigan), to the Absopure bottling centers, and the Absopure Home and Office direct delivery group. Added to that, the direct delivery group will now offer direct pick-up of empty Absopure water bottles from their customers for recycling. Absopure and the Eco-pak are closing the bottled water recycling loop and creating green jobs for a stronger Michigan.

Founded in Michigan in 1908, Absopure has been delivering quality bottled water for over 100 years. Absopure's Natural Spring Water comes from a deep protected source near the Irish hills of Michigan. Absopure is committed to the proper stewardship of this precious and delicious resource as well as the environment that supports it. Absopure believes its Natural Spring Water is one of the best values in refreshment for those seeking a natural, healthier lifestyle.

Celebrate Earth Day 2009 with Absopure and Eco-Pak, the all new bottle made from recycled bottles. The Eco-Pak is available in Ann Arbor, at select retailers in southeast Michigan and direct from Absopure.

You can learn more at www.absopurerecycles.com

Absopure's Eco-pak - Better for Our Environment. Better for Michigan. Better for You.