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San Pellegrino

How ethical and sustainable is the bottled water brand, San Pellegrino?

San Pellegrino is a brand that appears in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Bottled Water Ratings Table. Although San Pellegrino has a way to go yet before reaching our ethical standards, we hope to watch the brand progress in the future. There are several factors that a brand should satisfy in order to receive Ethical Accreditation from us, and San Pellegrino excels in some of them. Nevertheless, there is still much room for improvement. See our research methodology page to find out more information about how we rank and rate brands in our Ethical Ratings Table.

We would have more faith in this brand if it applied for Ethical Accreditation, which would enable The Good Shopping Guide to conduct a more comprehensive examination and propose changes for ethical improvement. We recognise that this brand has much scope for development, but we are confident that it could become Ethically Accredited in the future.

What does San Pellegrino do and what is its history?

San Pellegrino was founded in 1889. In its first year, it produced 35,343 bottles of San Pellegrino mineral water, of which 5,562 were shipped overseas.

For which criteria does San Pellegrino perform poorly? 

Even though San Pellegrino ranks highly in some of our research categories, there are still many ethical issues yet to be dealt with by the company, including releasing a statement on Animal Welfare and Genetic Modification.

In what areas does San Pellegrino score well for its ethics?

San Pellegrino does score above our benchmark in vital categories such as supplying and publishing an Environmental Report. We have also found no reports of any investments in the Nuclear industries or in Armaments.

Brands of Bottled Water and Ethical and Sustainable Certification

If you work for or own an Ethical Bottled Water brand, why not look into Ethical Accreditation from The Good Shopping Guide? Receive customised advice and suggestions on corporate ethics and sustainability, then submit your application to use our distinguished Ethical Mark. Begin by completing our quick Sustainability and Ethics Application form.

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