Stop Buying Nestle Products
Posted by Gail | Filed under Interesting World
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.