Stop Buying Nestle Products  

When I was at my high school reunion last fall, one of the events was a brunch the day after the gala. I went into the kitchen to get a glass of water and was told that there was a cold bin of bottled water on the patio where everyone was hanging out. Thing is, I can’t drink bottled water anymore. It’s the dumbest way to waste money and it’s elitist. Really, you’re too good for tap water? Get a grip!

Later I decided to grab some ice for my water and when I looked and saw the water was bottled by Nestle, I shook my head in dismay. No way is that company getting another penny of my hard-earned money.

The bottle water industry is enormous. And it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Just in twenty years Nestle’s bottled water sales in North America have gone from $400 million U.S. to about $4 Billion. As more people decide to forgo pop and other sugary drinks, bottled water has picked up the slack. The thing is, companies like nestle are reaping rewards even as they rape the water table in countries all over the world.

With 29 bottling facilities across North America, Nestle is Canada’s largest bottled water manufacturer. They don’t really manufacture water… the planet does that, but they’re happy to take it out of the water table for pennies a thousand litres and sell it back to idiot consumers at a buck a bottle.

Really, you can’t drink tap water. Or buy a filtration system and fill your own bottles. You’ve got to waste money on plastic bottles filled with the water that’s running underground.

As if the production of plastic – and the garbage that results – isn’t bad enough, this is a serious environmental problem. Nestle has been pulling water out of areas that are prone to drought. Think Califonia. Think Florida. Think British Columbia. And after years of reduced federal oversight, the resource we most take for granted – our water – is becoming a big issue. Those who are watching are concerned that large-scale pumping of water, like Nestle does, could draw contaminants into the aquifer or lower groundwater levels.

Nestle likes to derail the conversation by pointing out that there are other industries that use more water than they do in their manufacturing. That may be true, but it in no way reduces the impact Nestle’s water pumping is having on the environment. And people who are watching aren’t going to let Nestle off the hook quite so quickly as in days past.

Now Nestle has bought a five-acre plot of land near Elora, Ontario. The land comes with a 110 metre deep well and the right to pump 1300 litres of water per minute. Conservationists are perturbed. Wellington Water Watchers, with is a non profit group that considers itself a groundwater watchdog is wading into the issue, as is Save Our Water, another local organization. They are concerned about the removal of the water and they want to know why Elora residents are paying 576 times as much for their water consumption as Neste will be for sucking the community dry.

I’m done with Nestle as a company. I refuse to buy anything that company sells because I think they’re a bad corporation. Recently a U.S. court said Nestle could be held accountable for abetting child slavery on the Ivory coast. Seriously. And Nestle recently admitted to using slavery and coercion in its fishery enterprises in Thailand. Seriously. Even the CEO of Nestle has gone on record as saying that the world’s population may face water shortages within the next 2 decades. That’s actually the rationale he uses for putting corporations in charge to water.

For heaven’s sake, stop buying bottled water people. It is a complete waste of money. All those idiots are doing is pumping YOUR water out of the ground, sticking it in an eco-unfriendly package and selling it back to you at a huge profit. Stop being such a sucker.

Of course, you may not give two hoots about the water issue at all. But surely you care about the slavery thing. Surely.

 

21 Responses to “Stop Buying Nestle Products  ”

  1. avatar Leslie-Anne Says:
    March 21, 2016 at 6:12 am

    I agree 100% Gail. Bottled water is a sham and a shame. Drink from the tap.

  2. I am so thankful to live in the country and have a well, with such wonderful water to drink. Unfortunately, everywhere we go, the smell of chlorine and chemicals in the drinking water turns me off. If more places had filters on their tap water so drinking it wasn’t so awful, then I would be more apt to drink it that way. I remember going to restaurants as a kid (now 50) and always getting water, but in a glass from the tap. I wish that were an option now.

  3. I drink city water straight from the tap. It has no taste or smell of chlorine or other chemicals. I fill my reusable water bottle when going to the gym. The restaurants I dine at pour tap water from a pitcher.
    I don’t understand why people waste money on bottled water when they live where the tap water is safe to drink.

  4. This is my first time posting, but I just had to say: AMEN! It is ludicrous for us to be waisting our money and our natural resources for sake of not being capable a personal water bottle. So many people fight for water everyday. It boggles my mind that we think of it as disposable.

  5. Okay, I have a question. What happens when you’re traveling a fair distance and you’ve run out of your water but there are no places to fill up the water bottles. What do you do then? You buy water.

    I don’t buy it any other time but do find it amazing that people will complain about gas prices at $0.90/L but they don’t balk at $2.25/591ml. It’s mind-boggling!

  6. I only buy bottled water on 2 occasions- 1) when I’m traveling; 2) once a year, I will buy a case on special because our tap water is inconsistent (it goes brown/rusty all over town in the spring and fall). The rest of the time, I use tap water and a Brita.

  7. Let’s not even get into their past offences around promoting baby formula to the third world, and making breastfeeding taboo. Hard to believe, but Nestle was instrumental in getting women to stop breastfeeding through their marketing.

  8. Nestle’s evil spans generations.

    In the 1970’s or 80’s they caused infant deaths through their marketing practices. Think about that for a second – marketing practices.

    They dressed reps up as nurses and sold baby formula in Africa. Except rather than being ‘healthy’, the formula was mixed with local, unsanitary water, and purportedly caused infant sicknesses and death.

    IMO that’s on par with tobacco companies marketing.

  9. avatar Nancy O'Neill Says:
    March 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Once there used to be public drinking fountains all over the place. Now that everyone carries bottled water, most have disappeared. Chicken or egg?!!!

  10. avatar Observer Says:
    March 22, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I don’t buy their products, but u do own shares of Nestle in my foreign index fund…

  11. I have found most independent coffee/bistro shops will let you fill up your water bottle. I have even filled mine up at Starbucks.

    If I am on a day trip somewhere I fill up my bottle whenever I get a chance and also order water at restaurants when we stop to eat.

    I have also gotten into the habit of bringing my reusable coffee cup when I go for coffee when I don’t make it in the morning at home. You usually get a small discount for using your own cup.

    For work I often find myself in locations with untreated water (not drinkable). I have a large 40 ounce double walled stainless steel water bottle that I use. Its usually enough to get me through the day. Bathroom facilities are a different story.

  12. I’ve never carried bottled water with me as I’ve been lucky enough to have access to safe tap water but if I need to carry water I do have a refillable canteen.

    However I do however purchase some on a yearly basis as part of my emergency preps in addition to water purification/filtering items. I should look into the shelf life of water that is kept in the large refillable containers that are usually used for camping.

  13. Thank you for your message of water sanity. You cannot drink money. We have to look after the water we have for ours and future generations. Entrusting it to Nestle is a recipe for disaster. Nestle may be the company wanting to buy and get a permit for 7443 Middlebrook Rd. near Elora but they are not the only ones mining water and looking to get as much access as possible to bottle and ship it elsewhere.
    We need our Provincial governments to tighten up rules and regulations to protect our shared water commons. We need the Federal government to stop trading away our water sovereignty through trade deals like NAFTA, TPP and CETA that bypass our values as Canadians and take away our ability to determine how to care for the water that is here.
    Elora is not alone. Nestle also pumps water out of Aberfoyle and Hillsburgh in Wellington County Ontario. They are also in Hope and Chiliwack BC, Cascade Locks in Oregon, Freyburg and Concord Maine. And all over the world.
    Thanks for helping raise awareness and adding your voice to the growing chorus of NO! to Nestle!
    SaveOurWater.CA in Elora, Ontario

  14. Good post, Gail! I had been buying the 4L bottles of President’s Choice water because I can’t stand the overpowering chlorine smell in Calgary tap water… but then I discovered that if I save the water boiled in my kettle, it tastes just as good as any bottled water out there – the heating boils off the chlorine. My area in Calgary seems worse than those neighborhoods supplied by other reservoirs, so I could always take tap water from a friend’s place to get around the Chlorine smell. I looked up Nestle long time ago because they changed the ingredients in a product so that I couldn’t use it anymore and I wanted to stop buying any Nestle products. Nestle owns many other companies; some of the “boycott websites” show the hierarchies because the name Nestle often isn’t identified even if Nestle owns the subsidiary outright. In addition to bottled water (they own Perrier, Vittel, San Pellegrino and many others) if you buy Maggi, Carnation, General Mills Cereals*, Gerber, Jenny Craig, L’Oreal*, Maybelline*, Garnier*, Lancome*, Beneful, Friskies, Purina, Fancy Feast, Pro Plan, Skinny Cow, Haagen Daas, Libby’s, Stouffer’s, Lean Cuisine, Kit Kat, Rolo, Smarties, O’Henry, Aero, After Eight, Black Magic, Quality Street, Goodhost, Delissio, or Boost brands you are contributing to Nestle’s bottom line. (The brand names with an asterisk* are joint ventures between Nestle and another company, so Nestle ultimately prospers from that brand too.) THE SLAVERY ASPECT WAS A SHOCK TO ME! I will spend some time researching this topic – I just heard on CBC that most of the shrimp or prawns farmed in Asia are the work product of slaves, many of whom are 8-14 years old and work bent over in parasite-laden water. I’ve stopped eating any shrimp that isn’t from Newfoundland – and it’s hard to find out West here!
    Thanks again for your post!

  15. If you just let water stand the chlorine blows off too — no need to boil it. You can just put water from the tap in a pitcher in the fridge (assuming you want it cold) and it will be chlorine free in half an hour or less.

  16. Gail, thanks for this information – both the water issue and Nestle and their use of slaves.

    We have a filter on our fridge for our water dispenser/ice maker. We drink this water, and very rarely do we buy ever any bottled water. I fill a water bottle at home to bring to work, but I also am fine with the tap water available at work. I live in the US, and a suburb of Detroit has been in the news for its lead-contaminated water due to old pipes. Even if I become concerned about this situation in Chicago where I live, I would still drink/use tap water, as long as I can safely filter it.

    By the way, Chicago does have a 5 cent per bottle tax on bottled water, and I imagine this is supposed to discourage the purchase of bottled water?

  17. I have a case of bottled water in my house for emergencies. I will also buy bottled water when travelling overseas because tap water is not potable in all countries and the last thing I want to do is get sick while travelling (I will buy larger bottles and refill my main bottle though). But otherwise, I avoid it. I don’t really have a problem with paying for it, but can’t stand the waste it produces.

  18. avatar Donna Smythe Says:
    March 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Don’t need to buy bottled water, I pay every quarter on my water bill since owing a house so not going to go out an pay more for something I already pay for. Before then(10 yrs. ago) I still didn’t do it, happy to drink tap, felt I paid for the water on my housing charge or rent bill so not paying double.If what Gail saids is true, Nestle’s is in to slavery of any kind, especially children don’t need my money and I will send them an email letting them know. As they say ” the pen is mightier than the sword”.

  19. avatar Paulo Qurtarone Says:
    May 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Funny how things happen in life. I often just start surfing the web with no particular place to go and I end up in some very interesting places. Recently I came across Nestle on Google Maps near the town of Guelph (Gilmore Rd. & Brock Rd. S) and then did a little research on their Water Taking practices. So I wrote a review and sent it to friends and family. Here is what I wrote in the posting.

    “NESTLE, under a Water Taking Permit, issued by the province of ONTARIO, currently pays $3.71 for every 1,000,000 liters and then turn around and sells it to you for $1.50 for 1/2 liter. ($3.00 per liter)
    I only wish I could come up with a product that had that kind of profit margin.
    Except that I would have to be sure that there would be no long term negative effects to my neighbours, who depend on this water for a variety of purposes, and to the area beyond; FOREVER!
    In B.C. the margins would be even better, as NESTLE only pays $2.25 for every 1,000,000 liters.

    NESTLE is the largest supplier of bottled water in the world, with brands like PERRIER, SANPELLEGRINO, BARAKA, GERBER, MONTCLAIR, NESTLE PURE LIFE, and oh so many more, in fact, they have a brand for every letter in the alphabet except for the letter “J”.
    I purpose a contest to name the next brand of NESTLE bottled water, the only requirement is that it begins with the letter “J”, that way they have the whole alphabet covered similar to the way they have the whole World covered in their marketing efforts of their many waters.
    Be it Spring, Mineral, Natural, Prepared, CO2 Added, Fe & Mn Removed, Bottled Near Source, Modified Municipal, Purified, and many, many other variations.
    We just need to come up with a prize for the winner.

    Here is the link:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Nestle+Waters+Canada/@43.4664693,-80.1444697,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882b9a3300000001:0x35840a1391c92397!8m2!3d43.4664693!4d-80.142281?hl=en

    or the one I prefer to use is :

    https://tinyurl.com/j8lwzz9

    While you are there click on “bottled water supplier” and just like magic it lists and shows you 11 more water related companies, and I’m not done yet. Take your mouse, click & hold on the map and more it around and then release. You should see a whole bunch of different water companies. They are all over that area. I wonder what that means. Hmmmmmm.

  20. I can tell your an idiot. Not everyone likes tap water. I want portable water that has no taste. Tap water tastes disgusting. You say we’re wasting money on tap water when in reality your wasting your time being stupid enough to make these blogs without seeing the point of view of others and instead calling everyone who buys bottled water “idiots” automatically by default. Get educated before talking out of your ass.

  21. avatar Mary Kairys Says:
    March 28, 2017 at 11:25 am

    We watched “Princess” on Sunday. This was the first time my spouse watched any of shows willingly. He found it humorous that the young woman had no self control – especially when you only gave her $3k instead of $5k. We talked about the fact that in our neighbourhood there are no less than (3) young unemployed men who are living off their parents. The ages of the men are 31, 36, & 41. Two are of Italian heritage and one is East Indian(Asian).
    Have you ever considered a show called “Princes”?

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