The Safe America Foundation recently named DASANI a recipient of the 2017 WorldSafe Award for the brand’s PlantBottle technology.

The original PlantBottle developed in 2009 replaced one of two key ingredients in PET with material made from plants. It is the first ever fully recyclable PET plastic beverage bottle made partially from plants.

The foundation began the WorldSafe awards in 2004 to recognize individuals and organizations that have done significant work to protect individuals. This year, DASANI joins nine other individuals and organizations in being recognized for the award.

Since the material’s launch in 2009 through December 2015, more than 40 billion PlantBottle packages have reached the market in over 40 countries. Made from up to 30 percent plant-based materials, the use of PlantBottle packaging to date has helped prevent 365,000 metric tons of potential carbon dioxide emissions – the equivalent of 41 million gallons of gas, more than 77,000 cars or 845,000 barrels of oil saved.

The Safe America Foundation honored DASANI on Oct. 26 at WSB-TV during the 2017 WorldSafe Awards Gala.