Nestle brands school children through nationwide “Recycle Bowl”

During these times where people everywhere are encouraged to “go green,” what sounds more responsible than supporting a nationwide competition to increase recycling in schools?  That’s what Nestle is hoping you’ll believe when you see their name across the country, sponsoring the “Recycle-Bowl.”  But what message is sent to the nation’s children when they learn about recycling from a corporation that bottles water for profit?  That it’s okay to buy Nestle’s water, and use more resources, because we can just turn around and big deal!  They want people to forget the deep environmental impact caused by profit-driven water mining, trucking, and water bottles that use millions of gallons of oil to produce. Not to mention the critical loss of water rights in local communities.

Here is Nestle’s side of the story.  You can decide for yourself:

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KSVR/Skagit Valley College Radio Interview of Defending Water in Washington

Speak Up, Speak Out radio host Jodie Buller talks with Sandra Spargo, of the citizen’s group Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin.

      1. Interview with Sanda Spargo (click Play icon to listen)

The subject is the contract that the City of Anacortes signed with Tethys Enterprises to build what could become the largest bottled beverage plant in the U.S. The Tethys contract is for five million gallons of municipal Skagit River water per day and would involve 800 rail cars each day to transport materials and product. Sandra explains some of the context of the contract and citizen response and suggests an upcoming water summit to bring Skagit communities together to collectively decide what happens with the future of our water resources.