Caring for Michigan's Environment 

Protecting the Environment

At Nestlé Waters North America, we believe long-term sustainability is critical. Our priority is to operate responsibly and sustainably today and well into the future.

We work with scientists across the state to understand and closely monitor groundwater, surface water and local ecosystems to help preserve the health of Michigan’s watersheds.

Other environmental initiatives include:

  • Committing an additional $2 million investment into the Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund that promotes the health and long-term sustainability of the Muskegon River watershed. Since the inception of the fund in 2002, nearly $625,000 in grants has been awarded to a number of local organizations that are committed to improving, enhancing, protecting or preserving the Muskegon River Watershed and its ecosystem. Projects including erosion control, rain gardens, restoration to creeks and nature areas, site clean-ups and improvements, among many others, have been made possible by IMESF grants.

  • Welcoming the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as a respected third-party scientific organization to monitor and report information about our operations. The USGS is conducting data collection through a joint funding agreement with NWNA that was coordinated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The USGS has installed stream-monitoring equipment in Twin Creek and Chippewa Creek near NWNA’s White Pine Springs site. In addition, the USGS has installed groundwater-level equipment in two locations in close proximity to NWNA’s production well (PW-101). The equipment, which is used to monitor, measure, record and transmit data, allows the USGS to collect and publish real-time streamflow and water conditions near the NWNA site. The data collected by the USGS at the White Pine Springs site is available to the public as part of the USGS’s National Water Information System, which can be accessed at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis.

  • Achieving the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s (AWS) Gold Certification at our Stanwood bottling factory. AWS is a global, member collaboration, comprised of businesses, non-governmental organizations and public sector groups, which is committed to local water resources through the adoption and promotion of a universal framework for the sustainable use of water. The AWS Standard is the first of its kind globally to promote best practices in water stewardship that benefit communities and preserve local watersheds, which are key priorities for Nestlé Waters North America. As part of the AWS certification process, auditors look at a number of factors within the catchment where a facility is located, such as water quality, the availability of existing water sources, and the health of water-related areas in the region. Additionally, AWS auditors identified and interviewed internal and external community stakeholders, as well as individuals within NWNA’s Stanwood factory.

  • Donating a total of $75,000 to Morton Township over the last seven years, helping to support the recycling center’s operations.

  • Hosting Project WET festivals in Michigan that invite local students to learn about water-related topics through hands-on activities. This year marked 16 years that we have participated in Project WET in Michigan, and we look forward to many more.

  •  Working with the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly in hosting the annual Muskegon River Trash Bash, an all-volunteer effort to clean trash from the river and surrounding areas to help protect the watershed.

  • Serving as the sole sponsor of both the spring and fall Osceola Township Clean Sweep, donating $23,000 in 2019.

  • Leading the industry in achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in our factories, a globally recognized symbol of sustainability. The Stanwood plant was among the first food and beverage manufacturing buildings in the United States to achieve LEED certification, and today we have nine LEED certified Nestlé Waters factories total.
  • Committing to environmental conservation and reducing waste through recycling. The PET plastic which NWNA uses to make most of our bottles is 100% recyclable, and we are doing our part to help ensure those bottles are captured, recycled and reused. We also proudly collaborate with Keep America Beautiful and Keep Genesee County Beautiful on recycling infrastructure and awareness programs to encourage more Michiganders to recycle their plastic bottles.

    Additionally, since the early 1990s, we have reduced the amount of plastic in NWNA’s most popular half-liter bottles by 62.5%. By 2021, our goal is to ensure that 25% of the plastic used to make bottles for our domestic brands is recycled PET (rPET) and by 2025 to increase that to 50% rPET.

    Overall, we want to take the “single” out of “single-use” plastic bottles by helping to realize a circular economy, one in which our bottles never end up in a landfill or ocean. Part of achieving this means creating bottles that are made entirely from recycled or renewable sources, designing for recyclability, and thinking beyond the bottle to find new technologies and delivery systems that help us achieve zero environmental impact.