Charitable bottled water comes to Portland

Nika Water has spent some $400,000 to date on water-related projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and Nicaragua.

Nika Water has spent some $400,000 to date on water-related projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and Nicaragua.

Bottled water is usually viewed as the antithesis of sustainability. But a San Diego company has gone out of its way to produce environmentally friendly bottled water and is ready to, well, test the waters in the Portland market.

Nika Water, which donates 100 percent of its profits to programs bringing clean water and sanitation to underdeveloped countries, will start selling its water at all seven Laughing Planet Café locations, its first outlets in Portland.

Working with distributor Real Soda Collective LLC, Nika is also going into Whidbey Coffee locations in Seattle.

Nika claims to be completely carbon neutral and has been certified through Carbonfund.org for its carbon offset programs. The company pledges to plant a tree for every four cases of bottled water sold and works with schools and waste management companies on recycling programs.

The company is also in the process of transitioning its bottle lines to all recycled plastic.

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