They’re Sucking The Earth Dry
Speaking of water, Nestlé’s bottled water operations—the largest in the world—might be their shittiest. Literally. In Pakistan, water levels have sunk hundreds of feet since the company began sourcing its Pure Life bottled water there, and what’s left for locals is often both deadly and gross.
Closer to home, where access to clean water is way better but doesn’t come without its issues, while other companies moved their operations out of drought-ridden California, Nestlé’s CEO said he would pump more out of the San Bernardino National Forest if he could. Nobody actually knows how much they draw from this source—which they’ve been doing without a permit since 1988, paying only $524 a year to bypass the requirement—but estimates place it at about a billion gallons a year. Meanwhile, during the Flint water crisis, Nestlé paid only $200 a year to pump hundreds of thousands of bottles’ worth out of a nearby reserve.
That’s not the only way Nestlé bottled water is effing the environment. In 2008, the company admitted that most of its bottles aren’t recycled even while they flooded the market with advertisements claiming the opposite. After so much controversy, the company has largely divested from its North American water-bottling hustle, focusing instead on its international operations like Brazil (where they illegally source their Perrier brand) and China (where water scarcity thanks to pollution and, you know, Nestlé sucking up what’s left has forced the public to rely on bottled water). Don’t worry; the awful systems they built are still in place. It’s just not Nestlé’s problem anymore.