This website shares the results of a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) conducted for Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), comparing the environmental impacts of bottled water with a range of other beverage types. Our objective for the LCA was to better understand the environmental “footprints” of various beverage types, and to allow our company to design and produce more sustainable products in the future.
We hired a leading firm of LCA professionals to conduct the study and, in order to ensure the results were credible and rigorous, invited three highly-respected, independent scientists to peer review the methodology and conclusions, which they approved. Nevertheless, the study is imperfect, particularly because we had to make certain assumptions about our competitors’ products where their data was unavailable.
One of the primary purposes of this website is to solicit comments on the study from our stakeholders: our consumers, partners, suppliers, and even competitors. Feedback will improve the study, and will further society’s understanding of the environmental impacts of various beverage types. Please leave us a comment to let us know about data availability, or to share your thoughts on the study more generally. We will moderate the comments to keep out spam and abuse, but if your message is constructive and relevant it will be posted.
Feel free to navigate through the sections of the report using the chapter shortcuts on the left, or jump straight to comments and useful links on the right. To gain a quick understanding of the products examined, as well as the results, visit the Executive Summary. A PDF of each section is available for download by scrolling to the bottom of each section.
We hope you will find this information useful.