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How ethical and sustainable is Evian? 

Evian is a water bottle brand that is featured in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Bottled Water Ratings Table. As the brand is now, it does not currently satisfy our ethical standards, but we hope that in the future, the brand will make the necessary changes to operate as a more ethical company.

Evian might increase customer and investor trust by pursuing Ethical Accreditation, which would allow for a more thorough examination and suggestions for ethical development. For more information on the value of ethical plastic bottles, see The Good Shopping Guide to Ethical Bottled Water. Then, in our table of Ethical Bottled Water Ratings, compare it to other water bottle companies.

What does Evian do?

Evian’s natural mineral source was found in 1789 by a local French nobleman, this source first became a spa in 1806 and was followed by the first bottling facility in 1826. Danone acquired Evian mineral water in 2001. Evian now sells a range of bottled waters, glass water bottles, cans of sparkling water, as well as a facial mist. The brand also partnered with Virgil Abloh  releasing two reusable water bottles in order to cut down on plastic pollution within the bottled water industry.

For which criteria does Evian perform poorly? 

Evian received low ratings for Public Record Criticisms and Animal Welfare in our research and ratings criteria. According to Danone’s website, as well as PETA’s comments on the brand’s treatment of calves, parent company Danone conducts animal research to ensure the safety of new items. Consumers and investors particularly concerned with Animal Welfare may therefore wish to choose a more ethical option of bottled water. See our Ratings Tables or our Ethical Brands Directory to see which bottled water brands have received Ethical Accreditation.

Past Criticisms of Evian’s ethical record

According to Green Left, one of the parent business of Danone’s brands, Bonafont, has been accused of taking 1.4 million litres of water per day to sell for profit while denying people access. Talking Trash also produced research accusing Danone of deceiving the public about its waste reduction pledge.

In what areas does Evian score well for its ethics?

Evian receives high marks for its responsible and clear reporting on its use of Fossil Fuels, GMOs, and Environmental Reporting. The website for Danone’s 2030 objectives provides a set of goals as well as updates on the company’s progress toward those goals.


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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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