Nestlé is the world’s largest bottled water company selling $7.7 billion dollars worth of bottled water a year under their various labels. They’re making money off the ignorance of consumers (they’ve been “sold” on it being better quality than tap water) and their profit margins are off-the-charts because of the loopholes that grant them access to our aquifers for peanuts. For instance, Nestlé pays the U.S. Forest Service only $524 a year to draw 30 million gallons of public water in San Bernardino, California…less than most Americans pay each year to tap municipal water into their homes. With margins like that, it’s no wonder they’re sucking water from our aquifers with no end in sight…and they aren’t going to stop until consumers wise up OR the aquifers run dry. Cash is king to the water bottling companies – they have no regard for the damage they’re doing to our environment while they resell tap water in pretty little bottles backed up by good marketing designed to convince consumers to keep buying lies at the average rate of $10.00 per gallon.
In the U.S., Nestlé tends to set up shop in areas with weak water regulations or lobbies to enfeeble laws. States such as Maine and Texas operate under a remarkably lax rule from the 1800s called “absolute capture,” which lets landowners take all the groundwater they want. Michigan, New York, and other states have stricter laws, allowing “reasonable use,” which means property owners can extract water as long as it doesn’t unreasonably affect other wells or the aquifer system. Laws vary even within states. New Hampshire is a reasonable-use state, but in 2006, the municipality of Barnstead became the first nationwide to ban the pumping of its water for sale elsewhere – Bloomberg Businessweek
Consumers always drive the market – from real estate to iPhones – so the blame is only partially on companies like Nestlé. As long as consumers are willing to ignore the warnings about the dangers of drinking water from a plastic bottle…as long as consumers choose convenience over common sense…as long as consumers turn a blind eye to the truth behind what they’re REALLY drinking or where their water is REALLY coming from…until consumers accept the fact that their trash is not REALLY being recycled they way they think it is…companies like Nestlé will continue to suck water out of our aquifers faster than nature can produce it!
Social responsibility begins within each one of us. Each one willing to say “enough!” Each one willing to do their part. Each one willing to “lose” the drink and toss mentality.
“Nestlé may have “the very best C H O C O L A T E” – but if I were you I’d stick with candy bars and toss the Nestlé brand bottled waters out the window once and for all…before it’s too late.
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If you’re ready to CONSIDER saying “no” to water bottled in plastic, read this short #1 Best Seller to determine what kind of water you and your family should be drinking BEFORE you take the next sip! HINT – It DOESN’T come in a plastic bottle!