Bottled Life - The Truth about Nestlé's Business with Water

Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there's a company which has developed the art to perfection - Nestlé. This company dominates the global business in bottled water.

Swiss journalist Res Gehringer has investigated this money-making phenomena. Nestlé refused to cooperate, on the pretext that it was "the wrong film at the wrong time". So Gehringer went on a journey of exploration, researching the story in the USA, Nigeria and Pakistan. His journey into the world of bottled water reveals the schemes and strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company on our planet.

Excerpt of the film, 40s


Comment by Hassan Bukhari | 2012-02-16


I am a student at LUMS Lahore Pakistan (featured in your trailer for a second :D). As our graduating batch looks for jobs I was happy to have something to share with them so that they make more informed decisions about what to do with their lives. Cant wait for the release! I would like to screen it on campus!

Comment by Alex Smith | 2012-02-16

Get a life Bukhari

Comment by Saifullah Waqar | 2012-02-16

Truth can never be suppressed. Conspiracy theories, on the other hand, is a different matter altogether. Waiting to see the movie to decide in which category it falls.

Comment by Sheheryar | 2012-02-16

Haha, Alex nice one!

Comment by Oneeb Ahmed | 2012-02-16

Would be interesting to see the whole documentary. It is the responsibility of the government to provide clean drinking water to the masses. But in many countries including Pakistan where availability of clean drinking water is becoming a vague picture, companies like these are profiting over such basic needs of the people.

Comment by Jim | 2012-02-18

I hate bottled water, especially not spring water. I'd be interested in watching the flic.

Comment by Mary Parish | 2012-03-13

I am delighted to see about this: I worked in the Pakistan city "bustees" for nearly 10 years, and recently revisited and know that the claims about making clean water available to the poor are rubbish: only the (very) rich can afford it. So they continue to mix their formula milk (!!!) with dirty water... and babies die.

Comment by Nelson | 2012-04-01

It's about time! Another mega corporation that is raping the public, this time by stealing the commons....don't miss this when it's available!

Comment by Emmie | 2012-04-23

It's our responsibility to educate ourselves, so I am looking forward to seeing this film. What a pity that people with absolutely nothing to contribute to this discussion resort to personal attacks and other cheap ploys. Open your minds and learn something, or end up on the wrong side of history.

Comment by Patty | 2012-10-13

Just saw this at the New Hampshire Film Festival in the US. A balanced view. Should make the viewer (you!) take a stand about whether water is a commodity that can be "mined" by business or whether its delivery, in clean form, is a non-negotiable public/governmental responsibility. If you believe the former, then Nestles is doing one heck of a job. The former? Clean water goes away if someone can't pay for the infrastructure to make it happen. Welcome to the future and stay tuned.

Comment by Gregory | 2012-11-05

You can go through the pictures of the parties they have planned. %))

Comment by Ramin | 2013-05-05

Hallo, ik heb juist 05/05/2013 rond half 12 s avonds, deze documentaire op canvas gezien. Ik vind dit echt een leerrijke documentatie en wil van harte bedanken de mensen die dit prachtige werk hebben verricht. DAnk u !!

Comment by Joanne Hall | 2013-09-13

Such a terrible situation with the water but I felt compelled to praise Emmie for her comments, and showing some decent humanity. Its such a pity we still have such ignorant, heartless brothers and sisters amongst our community, who fail to see the gratitude that Hassan Bukhari has in being able to help make a difference to this world, and be part of it. Alex and Sheheryar obviously have had a very fortunate life, with little real suffering. I think its absolutely diabolic that while the western world gets fat, riddled with diabetes and desensitized to the world with all the sugar and crap thats pumped into your food to keep your intellect down like that of Alex, whilst children in India are dying due to the water quality, or Lagos in Africa, where the unfortunate have to buy their poor quality drinking water out of plastic bags thanks to Coca Cola and Nestle making sure their pockets are lined. Once we start understanding the basic common fact, that we are all ONE. What happens to your fellow brothers and sisters in India, will have an effect on you too and the beautiful world we are destroying. Time to stop being so selfish and start thinking about what we can do for others. Peace!

Comment by William | 2013-09-28

Thank you Joanne and Emmie, for your defense of Hassan. TRUTH is our greatest weapon against Ignorance. Namaste.

Comment by Gloria | 2013-11-09

Big corporations only understand the "money language"...So, don't buy from them . And either use a home made filter ( charcoal, and sand, and then bring water to boil, get a filter if you can afford it, or buy from someone else small business ( there is always one).AND THE MOST IMPORTANT, BE PART OF THE SOLUTION ! PARTICIPATE! IN MEETINGS, IN POLITICS, GET INVOLVED PEOPLE!!!

Comment by Cecilia | 2013-11-11

It is quite sad that great documentaries like this remain inaccessible on the net. It should be released freely in order to reach a great amount of minds and raise awareness.

Comment by Hilary | 2014-06-18

I worked for the fourth largest water company in the world. As part of my talk, we gave out the information (true at the time and probably a fairly accurate estimation now) that 17 children a minute die worldwide because of poor water quality. And that was in the regions where they had access to water. The Nestlé corporation is no less than committing genocide when it takes away water and leaves sludge in its place. Water is a basic human right. Lock the CEO up in a tin hut and turn up the heat; then see how long it takes before he agrees. Shallow, heartless, despicable man.

Comment by ingrid | 2014-06-19

Wow I am speechless. Didn't have a clue about all this.Even by just reading most of your comments here you guys have brought some light to my path. I wish I could see this film but I don't have Itunes. How could I acquirer it?

Comment by krisanne | 2014-07-08

I would like to screen this at the University of Maine as many students are still unaware of this local and global problem. Please get in touch. Thank you.

Comment by Eliabeth Vebenstad | 2014-08-14

I just watched the film on Netflix. And at the end, in the credits, I can see a red logo/text popping up, like under a second! What does it say???

Comment by CHRIS | 2014-09-02


Comment by Briac | 2015-04-06

I would like to screen the film in Benin,Africa at vanduyse entrepreneurial leadership Institute(veli). I'm a young entrepreneur in pouch water business but my aim is to overcome Nestle Waters at least in Africa, because of their poor vision(that is PET+H2O=($$$)²). We are working for sustainable usage of water,because poverty, urban growth and climate changes is leading developing countries around the world to water scarcity, while they hunt water for money sake only. Glad to see such a work. I'm interested in talking with you.

Comment by zafer omay | 2016-01-18

ı hate all the biggest companies like nestle ...bp-shell ...etc... tey are the scumbags robbing us...we must fight and at least start NOT to BUY their products anymore

Comment by MJL | 2016-02-06

Briac, has anyone contacted you about your interest in screening the film?

Comment by Magik | 2016-05-14

Most people in developing countries boil their drinkin water... And they don't have garbage collection, let alone recycling, so plastic trash is everywhere.

Comment by Sarah | 2016-05-17

This film really gets you thinking about the different companies and their effect on the environment and the world. I respect this film for informing us about the dangers of these companies. Good film.

Comment by Tim | 2016-08-17

This film is an excellent work, which reveals the true face of a monster that walks openly and dare lie without batting an eyelid.
Congratulations to the team that made this sacred work.
You must program its projection in schools, it is a humanitarian duty .
to show the masacre openly exercised against us all by these predatory companies ...
To boycott their products, this is the only way to fight against them.

Comment by Rebecca Wolfe | 2017-03-28

I am a public school teacher and teacher educator. Do you have a way for me to preview this film before purchasing? I recently added a "Master's in Environmental Law & Policy" to my two degrees in English and a PhD in Leadership Studies. If you can make it affordable, then I will probably purchase it, but would appreciate a chance to preview first. Thank you for creating and presenting about the bottled water and corporate issues involved.

Comment by Saksham Mishra | 2018-08-18

This thing opened my mind to the dirty business done by one of the most renowned companies in the world. Not only Nestle but also Coca-Cola is involved in perishing the water resources and making the area's drought hit. Cast your vote to do something or we will lie in the bad side of the history