According to a report called “Closing the water access gap in the United States,” race is the strongest predictor of access to running water and sanitation in the United States. During the COVID-19 pandemic, water has become even more important. To that end, Nestlé Waters North America has donated over 260,000 gallons of bottled water to the Navajo Nation. In a coordinated, emergency response, working with DigDeep, a human rights nonprofit with the mission of providing clean, running water to Americans who lack access, a grassroots network of volunteers distributed the water to an estimated 30,000 residents.
In a recent segment on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” Emma Robbins, DigDeep’s Director of the Navajo Water Project, tells the story of the Navajo Nation and the challenges they face due to lack of access to water during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch the full video segment at Good Morning America.
This year our society has ventured into uncharted territory. Once again, we must all prepare for hurricane season, but this time we do so while faced with a full-scale global pandemic!
As a professional in the business of supplying water to others for healthy hydration, I have witnessed how the threat of COVID-19 changes the ways that families must prepare for, and respond to, hurricanes this season.
As we all assemble our hurricane kits, it’s critical that we include some key additional items for dealing with potential exposure to the coronavirus, whether our plan is to take shelter elsewhere or to shelter in place.
Read the full article on NewsHerald.com
The Ecology School Reaches 90% of $14 MM Fundraising Goal; Poland Spring Supports School with $500K; Construction of Most Sustainable Building in Northeast Halfway Complete
The Ecology School, a pioneer and leader in environmental education, today announced it received $500,000 from Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water for an education and dining commons at The Ecology School’s new campus.
Nestlé Pure Life teamed up with No Kid Hungry with a $1 million contribution to help ensure families in need have access to healthy food and hydration by helping to build the Free Meal Finder Tool, a new online resource that helps families find free meals near them. The brand also created a new public service announcement about the online tool and repurposed the brand’s national TV advertising to spread the word. The company enlisted WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil to appear in the PSA. The cause was a personal one to Titus, who grew up in poverty and didn't always know where his next meal was coming from.
In the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, single-use plastics became associated with safety from sickness and many states suspended legislative proposals to ban different types of plastics. As states have started to reopen and allow dine-in service, the conversation has shifted to whether restaurants should use disposable plates and cutlery, items not often accepted by many recycling programs. POLITICO asked a group of sustainability experts about the impact of using more plastic during the pandemic and how recycling should be funded in the U.S. David Tulauskas, Chief Sustainability Officer of Nestlé Waters North America, weighed in on the issue. “This increases the urgency in upgrading our recycling infrastructure to be able to process harder-to-recycle materials like flexible plastic films, which includes dry cleaning bags, plastic bags and the plastic wrap used for paper towels and toilet paper,” he says. “To make large-scale changes, everyone has a role to play in reducing waste and creating circular economies.”
Read the full article on POLITICO.
In communities that lack running water, water donations can help fill the gap. Nestlé Waters North America recently donated 248,000 gallons of bottled water to DigDeep, a nonprofit focused on providing water access. These donations were then distributed through Navajo agencies and local partners to about 30,000 people across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Read the full story in The New York Times.
Mossy Ledge is one of the Maine distilleries that Nestlé Waters North America is supporting with specially designed blue bottles to use in the production of hand sanitizer. Jessie Lupo, owner of Mossy Ledge Distillery in Etna, Maine, recently took part in an interview on the experience on 92.9 FM.
A new program intends to make one-time grants to help businesses and workers in Maine’s tourism industry impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Maine Tourism Relief Fund was created by the Maine Tourism Association and Poland Spring, which donated $100,000 to jump-start the program. Bissel Brothers Brewing and Experience Maine are also contributors.
“Tourism is the backbone of Maine’s economy, and that is why the industry needs to be supported in this difficult time,” said Maine Tourism CEO Tony Cameron in a statement. “We hope that by creating this fund, we can help protect the industries that Mainers and visitors alike will enjoy for many years to come.”
Read the full story from the Portland Press Herald.
The Maine Tourism Association and Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water, part of the Nestlé Waters family, today announced the official launch of “The Maine Tourism Relief Fund, Founded by Poland Spring and the Maine Tourism Association.” Thanks to a generous donation of $100,000 by Poland Spring and the work of the Maine Tourism Association, one-time grants will be made available to Maine’s tourism businesses and employees who have been impacted by a loss of business, or decrease in income, due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Stay-at-home orders mandated by the state have closed restaurants, retail outlets, and attractions, and left small motels and B&Bs empty. Camps, cottages, and outdoor attractions have been forced to delay their season opening — significantly reducing their opportunity to earn income. These delays also prevent many Mainers from the seasonal employment that so many depend upon. Tourism supports over 110,000 employees in Maine. Around one in three of Maine’s private sector wage and salary employees work for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
New products from Nestle slated for 2020 launches include an energy water drink and mineral-infused bottled waters.
HAWKINS — “It doesn’t matter what you look like or what your ethnicity is or anything, you can do anything you want to do as long as you set your mind to it.”
The packaging for Nestlé Pure Life’s new DC Collection offers four superhero-themed sleeve-labeled 330-mL bottles made from 100% rPET that are 100% recyclable including the sleeves and cap...and boast a special interactive ability.
Who says bottled water can’t be a super beverage? Not Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), Stamford, CT, which adds sleeve labels featuring four different superheroes from the DC Comics universe to 330mL bottles of Nestlé Pure Life water.
The packaging for the new "DC Collection", which is available in stores now, is also super from a sustainability standpoint—it’s 100% recyclable including bottles made of 100% recycled PET (rPET) along with the special recyclable shrink sleeve labels and caps.
Read the full article as appeared in Packaging Digest.
Morton Township received a $10,000 donation from Nestle Waters North America (NWNA) to support the community’s recycling center. NWNA Natural Resource Manager Arlene Anderson-Vincent presented Morton Township Supervisor Dick Wheeler and the recycling center staff with the donation on Wednesday. Pictured from left are Morton Township trustee Jeff Ratledge, clerk Stephanie McNeal, Vincent, township treasurer Maureen Wolfe and Wheeler.
As appeared in the Big Rapids Pioneer.
A new community well was installed recently in the village's Bromley Park. A press release stated that Nestle Waters North America, the parent company of the Ice Mountain bottled water brand, donated about $20,000 toward construction of the well.
The donation funded drilling costs, construction of a cement walkway around the well to help provide safer access and protection from erosion, installation of parking posts and the hiring of an environmental engineering firm to support the village in obtaining necessary permits and to provide project oversight, the press release stated.
Op-Ed by Charles Broll, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, NWNA
As seen in the Hartford Courant, 7/21/19
When it comes to the environment, we should all be able to agree on one thing: Non-compostable packaging should never end up as waste in a landfill or litter in communities or waterways.
However, despite this consensus, recycling has been on the decline, both here in Connecticut and nationally.
Nestlé Waters North America is determined to be part of the solution. We’ve begun transitioning the packaging for our largest domestic brand, Poland Spring, to 100 percent recycled plastic by 2022 — literally making bottles with bottles. But we can’t meet this goal on our own. We’re calling on Connecticut — and all consumers — to recycle even more. An increase in recycling diverts materials from landfills and creates additional raw materials for processing and re-use providing local economic and other community benefits.
COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE FOR EVART RECYCLING CENTER TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, JULY 13
Nestlé Waters Provides Funding for “Recycle Bulls” to Expand Recycling Efforts in Evart
A local 4-H Club and their leader, Doug Rueffer and his family, have been leading an area recycling initiative, named the “Recycle Bulls,” for more than ten years. In 2018, Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) donated a building to the group to provide them with a location to build their recycling program. NWNA, in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful, provided additional funding needed to complete the building construction, including electricity, paving and other building upgrades. The funding also enabled the group to purchase two balers and a forklift truck.
We strive to create a culture that celebrates differences and are honored to be included among so many organizations that accept and support LGBTQ+ rights and protections.
Area third-graders got their hands a little muddy Wednesday as they learned more about the importance and impact of one of the world’s most abundant resources: water.
More than 350 area third-graders from Crossroads Charter Academy, Riverview and Brookside elementary schools and Weidman Elementary School cycled through a variety of water-related stations at the 17th annual Make A Splash Water Festival Wednesday at Northend Riverside Park in Big Rapids.
Read full article as appeared the Big Rapids Pioneer.
Earlier this month, Arlene Anderson-Vincent, Natural Resource Manager, Technical & Production, joined personnel from the school district to mark the opening of the fields with a short dedication ceremony and an informal ribbon-cutting at the pitcher’s mound between double-header baseball games.
Back in October 2018, NWNA donated $80,000 to the Evart Public School District in Michigan to support needed renovations of their baseball and softball fields. Renovations included re-sodding along the baselines and infields, improving the warning tracks, repairing the fences and irrigation system, and designing and installing a new scoreboard.
These ballfields are a source of pride for the schools and for the community. We are proud to support the City of Evart and the Evart Public School District and hope that the ballplayers, their families and the entire community will enjoy them for years to come.
The U.S. Geological Survey is beginning in depth monitoring and studies of water levels around a Nestlé Waters USA pumping site.
Nestlé requested the ongoing government studies of groundwater and surface water near the White Pine Springs site in Osceola Township. Nestlé pumps water there to supply its Ice Mountain bottling plant in Stanwood.
The U.S. Geological Survey and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy are collaborating on the continual studies.
Read full article as appeared on ABC 12.com
America’s Original Premium Spring Water
Speaking with BevNET recently, NWNA Vice President and chief marketing officer Yumiko Clevenger-Lee said the decision to launch ORIGIN was due to consumer demand for the Maine-based brand, which is sold in five states in the Northeast. According to internal research, purchase intent for Poland Spring was the same outside the region as it was inside.
In recognition of Earth Day, Ice Mountain employees picked up trash along area roads on Monday. Ice Mountain plant manager Jeremiah Thompson joined about a dozen employees to bag roadside trash covering several two-mile stretches near the Ice Mountain bottling facility in Stanwood.
Read more in the Big Rapids Pioneer.
Nestlé Waters North America is committed to increasing the company’s use of recycled (rPET) plastic content in its packaging and was recently recognized with a Design for Recycling Award at ISRI 2019 for it’s Nestlé Pure Life water bottle which is made with 100% recycled content.
Learn more about Nestlé Waters’ recycling strategy.
Nestlé Waters CEO: 100% packaging recovery is possible - "Plastics Recycling Update"
The “What’s in the Truck” industrial arts exhibit at Artworks in Big Rapids, MI features local manufacturers and their products. The exhibit showcases the history of how manufacturers have helped shape the community in Big Rapids.
Ice Mountain’s bottled water display was inspired by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Many of our over 250 Ice Mountain associates and their families worked together to color and creatively design the plastic sculptures to resemble Chihuly’s famous chandelier glass creations. This display reflects Ice Mountain’s and parent company Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA)’s commitment 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 everything we can to help ensure those bottles are captured, recycled and reused.
Standwood, MI - Nestlé Waters North America says it will pump an additional $2 million into a fund that supports environmental conservation projects in the Muskegon River watershed. The company established the Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund in 2002 with an initial investment of $500,000 over five years.
See full story. as it appeared in AP News.
Flint, Mich. – Pack Your Back announced today that Nestlé Waters North America will be underwriting the costs for over 6,500 toys that will be distributed at the 2nd Annual Pack Your Back: Stuff Your Stocking event. Stuff Your Stocking is taking place on December 22 at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, and will provide over 1,000 pre-registered children with toys, backpacks, school supplies, books, food boxes, and memories to last a lifetime.
“During this time of giving, it is important to help others in need,” said Galen Miller, Executive Director, Pack Your Back. “Without support from companies like Nestlé Waters North America, we would be unable to make such a massive impact in Flint, Michigan.”
After learning more about Pack Your Back, Nestlé Waters North America was eager to jump on board with the cause as part of their ongoing support in Flint. Pack Your Back was created in 2016 by Central Michigan University students who wanted to help the younger generation succeed. Over the course of this year alone, Pack Your Back was able to partner with a variety of organizations to help support more than 25,000 students.
Two interns exemplify why we value military experience in our workforce
Across Nestlé, we find military service experience very valuable in our workforce. We recognize the unique skillset of our veterans and active military members, and understand that they come from a culture built on accomplishing a mission through teamwork and collaboration.
FLINT, Mich. — Mayor Karen Weaver and the City’s Chief Recovery Officer, Jameca Patrick-Singleton, announced today that Nestlé Waters North America will continue supplying Ice Mountain® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water to Flint residents through April of 2019.
“We appreciate that Nestlé Waters has offered to extend supplying bottled water through the three Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Help Centers into 2019,” said Mayor Weaver. “Since the spring of 2018, Nestlé Waters has generously provided approximately 3.2 million bottles of water to Flint, and this extension will increase their donation to nearly 5 million bottles.”See full press release on City of Flint, Michigan website.
Donation of $5,000 and truckload of bottled water
Tyler, Texas – Ozarka® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, and its parent company, Nestlé Waters North America, is helping the East Texas Food Bank kick off “Giving Tuesday” this holiday season. Ozarka is donating $5,000 and a truckload of bottled water to the Food Bank on Tuesday, November 27th at 2pm. Immediately following the presentation, located at 3201 Robertson Rd, Tyler, TX 75701, employees of Ozarka will volunteer at the Food Bank.
The East Texas Food Bank serves over 252,900 clients in 26 counties throughout East Texas, covering nearly 20,000 miles. “Giving Tuesday” is a global day of giving that takes place each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and Ozarka’s donation will support families across the region who have food insecurity.
As drinking water contamination cases increase, more people are turning to bottled water. But where does it come from, and how is bottled water treated before reaching the consumers' hands?
Coverage By: WWMT News Channel 3, West Michigan
Village of Mecosta officials accept a $10,000 donation from Nestlé Waters North America for the construction of a new community well in Bromley Park. (Pioneer photos/Brandon Fountain) Photo courtesy of: The Pioneer, Big Rapids News
MECOSTA — The small village park in Mecosta should be springing to life in the not-so-distant future.
The amenities at the village’s Bromley Park will include a new potable water well, thanks to a $10,000 donation from Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA). The donation, which was made Thursday morning at the village office, includes funds for drilling and the installation of a hand pump water well.
The donation came after more than a year of discussion between community organizations like Mecosta Revitalization and Arlene Anderson-Vincent, NWNA natural resource manager at Ice Mountain.
Coverage By: The Pioneer, Big Rapids News
Focusing on the safety and well-being of our associates and neighbors within our communities
At Nestlé Waters North America, we believe that access to safe, clean drinking water is a fundamental human right. In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, when a community’s access to quality drinking water is affected, we have the responsibility and privilege to provide our support.
Across the Mid-Atlantic, as we prepare for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, we are focusing on the safety and well-being of our associates and neighbors within our communities.
Nestlé is the highest ranked food and beverage company in Fortune Magazine’s annual ‘Change the World’ list of the top 50 companies that are ‘doing well by doing good’. It’s the second year that the magazine has produced the list, and we were 5th overall in the rankings.
Fortune Magazine said, “Food is more than just food when it’s fortified with nutrients that billions would otherwise lack. Given the reach of the world’s largest food and beverage company, all this - which Nestlé tracks in its annual "Creating Shared Value" report - makes a difference.”
Read more about the results on Fortune Magazine's website.
The [email protected]é open innovation platform has gone live. Nestlé’s new global platform aims to increase the quality and speed of innovative solutions that respond to social and business challenges, and is open to startups worldwide.
[email protected]é enables entrepreneurs to work as collaborative partners alongside dedicated Nestlé teams, to tackle projects that matter both to Nestlé and the millions of people who buy the company’s products.
Pete Blackshaw, Vice President of Digital and Social Media, Nestlé, said “[email protected]é will be the company’s flagship global collaboration program and serve as a catalyst for speed, transparency and cutting red tape.”
As the temperatures in Arizona and across the West break record highs, the importance to hydrate becomes even more critical, especially to those who may not have regular access to water.
Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) partnered with the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) to supply a donation of 37,440 .5L bottles of Arrowhead® Brand 100% Mountain Spring Water to help the shelter’s clients stay cool. CASS is the largest homeless shelter in Metro Phoenix and NWNA’s donation is the largest single donation of bottled water that they have received. The water will be distributed to homeless individuals and families.
Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) is leading the way in digital marketing is the message that came through loud and clear at the Salesforce Connections conference recently held in Atlanta. Antonio Sciuto, NWNA Chief Marketing Officer, a key note speaker, was joined on the main stage by an amazing line-up of speakers, including Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts and astronaut Scott Kelly.
Natural Extracts Industries (NEI) from Tanzania and Agro-Hub from Cameroon have been selected as the finalists for Nestlé's Creating Shared Value Prize 2016 (pdf, 180Kb)
NEI is a social enterprise pioneering the sustainable extraction of flavours in Tanzania.
Agro-Hub is an agricultural production and marketing agency in South-West Cameroon working to help small-scale cassava farmers gain access to sustainable markets.
From cleanup to restoration: How communities rally around water
Growing up in Riverside, California, Megan Brousseau knew the Santa Ana River for being debris- and effluent-filled, despite it being the reason this arid region had been settled decades before, when the famous orange groves first sprouted.
“The city had turned its back to the river and built everything facing away from it,” she said. But during her sweet 16 summer, Brousseau was introduced to the last remaining idyllic parts of the cool waterway when her then-boyfriend, now husband, sneaked her past the chain-link fences. The two spent the hot months basking in the refreshing shade. “We didn’t have access to air conditioning or swimming pools, and here I found a running river and a place for all of our friends to be free and barefoot and see fish and birds and connect with nature.”
On January 5, 2016 the Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD) announced a partnership with Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water to construct a groundwater treatment project within the Cucamonga groundwater basin that will increase the availability and reliability of local water supplies.
“Our area continues to face severe drought and we need to find new ways to meet the need for water,” said Martin Zvirbulis, CVWD General Manager. “That’s why we are extremely pleased to pursue this new water supply opportunity with the help of Arrowhead. The value of local water supplies cannot be overstated and the more water we can develop locally, the more diverse our water supply portfolio becomes.”
“Arrowhead’s investment has a direct benefit to the community: it reduces our reliance on more expensive sources of water imported from Northern California and it will help offset a significant portion of the project’s cost,” said Zvirbulis.