Nestle, The Californian Drought, And Why Buying Bottled Water Is The Dumbest Thing You Can Do For The Planet
Think Nestle’s CEO is wrong when he claims water isn’t a basic human right? Fighting back against this crazy notion is easier than you think…
While the developing world is in serious need of fresh drinking water, millions of consumers in western countries continue to buy bottled water, even when perfectly safe tap water is available to us in our own homes. By buying bottled water, we are personally contributing to plastic pollution and worldwide droughts, not to mention the success of nasty corporations like Nestle.
Nestle is one of the largest multinationals in the world and serves as an umbrella corporation for thousands of household names. In addition to chocolate, cereal, baby food, sauces, yogurts, frozen food, ice creams, pet food, and much more, Nestle also holds something of a monopoly on bottled water.
Nestle water is sold under a wide array of different brands, including Deer Park, Arrowhead, Poland Spring, Ozarka and Ice Mountain. Of all Nestle’s interests, water is the corporation’s most profitable commodity. They will go to any lengths to find it, bottle it, and sell it back to you at inflated prices.
Nestle has been caught taking groundwater from drought-stricken California, a state which currently has the worst water shortages for over 1200 years. Is this a coincidence, or could Nestle’s shameless and ecocidal policies be a huge contributing factor to the crisis we are now seeing?
In Ontario, Canada, citizens have claimed that Nestle pays just $3.41 for every million liters of water it extracts from the ground, which is an insanely low price for the most precious resource we have. This water is then bottled and sold back to consumers who have been brainwashed into thinking it’s a necessary part of their health regime, making Nestle a $2 million profit (while laughing at you all the way to the bank).