They suck the earth dry
Speaking of water, Nestlé’s bottled water business, the largest in the world, is perhaps the shittiest. Literally. In Pakistan, water levels have dropped several hundred meters since the company started sourcing Pure Life bottled water there, and what locals are left with is often both deadly and disgusting. .
Closer to home, where access to clean water is much better but not without problems, while other companies have moved their operations out of drought-ravaged California, the CEO of Nestlé said that he would pump more from the San Bernardino National Forest if he could. No one really knows how much they get from this source — which they’ve been doing without a license since 1988, paying just $524 a year to get around the requirement — but estimates put it at around a billion gallons a year. Meanwhile, during Flint’s water crisis, Nestlé paid just $200 a year to pump hundreds of thousands of bottles from a nearby reserve.
That’s not the only way Nestlé bottled water affects the environment. In 2008, the company admitted that most of its bottles were not recycled even as it flooded the market with advertisements claiming otherwise. After so much controversy, the company has largely divested from its water bottling business in North America, instead focusing on its international operations like Brazil (where they illegally source for their Perrier brand) and China (where water scarcity due to pollution and, you know, Nestlé sucking up what’s left has forced the public to rely on bottled water). Do not worry; the horrible systems they built are still in place. This is no longer Nestlé’s problem.