Lawrence hospital switching to boxed water

LAWRENCE | A Lawrence hospital is swapping the plastic bottles it now uses for drinking water to a more environmentally friendly alternative.

Beginning Wednesday, Lawrence Memorial Hospital will begin selling water in paper cartons and says it will be the first hospital in the nation to do so.

The ECO-Choice Natural Spring Water containers are produced by Overland Park-based CRB Group Springwater. The cartons are made from 74 percent paper, which degrade faster in landfills. Company officials add that the carton's square shape make it easier to transport and store.

Lawrence Memorial uses 37,000 water bottles each year. Nationally, only 18 percent of the estimated 60 million plastic water bottles used each year get recycled.