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Nestle, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
November 4, 2009 - 7:51 am

When it come to companies I prefer to find and promote the good practices they have, though some companies have none!

Nestle have made great strides in the UK festive, and everyday, sweet retail market. Easter Eggs had plastic-free card packages for the tinfoil wrapped items. Christmas this year will have similar Selection Box and large card drum, for loose sweets. Their everyday Smarties packs are card only. With Cadbury, who managed similar efforts this year, the UK market has been changed forever.

I must also mention Schogetten, from Germany, who supply card/tinfoil wrapped chocolate for enthusiasts, and others.

Highlighting such positive moves in business has value since our individual efforts are insufficient to achieve the sustainable goal we have.

I leave the negatives to others to give the total picture.

Beth Terry
409 Posts
November 5, 2009 - 12:54 pm

Hi John. I appreciate your promotion of the good that companies do. One reason I have problems with Nestle is because they are one of the biggest water bottlers in the world, and they move into small companies and extract their water without public input. But anything they can do to promote zero waste is a good thing.

November 5, 2009 - 1:13 pm

Hi Beth,

The plastic bottle issue, and a baby milk problem in the UK at least, are real ‘Bad’ aspects which need to be aired. Easy profits from bottled water have encouraged many players into the market and this is a big challenge to overturn.

Is there a water issue in some areas of the US which would justify the bottled type or are adequate local supplies available everywhere?

Beth Terry
409 Posts
November 5, 2009 - 1:20 pm

Most water in the U.S. is very safe. And in fact, tap water is much more highly regulated than bottled water. My posts on the subject explain the difference in greater detail:…..-not-just/…..led-water/…..led-water/

The bottled water industry has gone to great lengths to convince the public that their product is safer than what comes out of our taps. Except for a few instances, this is not the case.

November 5, 2009 - 2:02 pm

Of course, I follow your topics and agree with the anti- plastic bottled water viewpoint. I have never bought one myself, simply because it is a waste of money.

Sam Snider
September 5, 2011 - 10:34 pm

Nestle is pure EVIL.


baby formula scandal

no fair trade coffee and chocolate

bottled water greenwashing

water theft in africa

ethiopian debt

melamine in milk (china)

buying milk from illegally seized farms in zimbabwe

contributing to massive deforestation due to palm oil plantations

E Coli cookie dough

child labor/slavery


and the list goes on and on….

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