evian water history

Even though the evian source has been producing natural mineral water for a very long time, it took us a while to discover and enjoy the evian natural mineral water we all know today.



Where we came from

Let’s take a look back to where it all began: 1789 to be exact. This wasn’t just any year, it was the most important year in evian water history: the year our natural mineral water source was found by a local French nobleman, the Marquis de Lessert, in the town of Évian-les-Bains. While out on a walk, he got thirsty and drank from what turned out to be far more than any ordinary source. The Marquis found this particular water to be so ‘light and easily drinkable’ that he started drinking it regularly.


Spa beginnings

Word got out and the source became so popular that Monsieur Cachat who owned the land  began selling its water to the local community. Soon after, people wanted more than to just drink the water, they wanted to be fully immersed in it. Can you blame them? In 1806, the first thermal spa opened, followed in 1826 by the first bottling facility. The town became a popular, fashionable destination for visitors from all over Europe and beyond. Ever since, our water has become synonymous with health, hydration, and a humble town in the French Alps.


The Ellen MacArthur Foundation partnership

In January 2017, Danone and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced a partnership aimed at accelerating the global transition to a circular economy. Through this partnership, Danone’s teams are working with the Foundation to generate widespread understanding of the circular economy and to drive behavioural change in an effort to transition its brands toward a circular economy. evian has benefited greatly from the knowledge and guidance of the Foundation to embed the circular economy principles in its brand.


evian showcases 100% recycled bottles at Wimbledon

In 2019 evian was proud to showcase its first bottles made totally from 100% recycled plastic at The Championships, Wimbledon 2019. This was our first step towards using circularity as a solution to plastic waste.


Global carbon neutrality

We strove to make our natural mineral water more sustainable and achieved the global Carbon Neutral certification from Carbon Trust in April 2020. We strive to be recertified as carbon neutral every year moving forward.

Where we're going

As a company, we take a lot of pride in our history and how widely enjoyed our products have become, and we believe in living with a sense of purpose. We’re passionate about what’s happening in the world beyond the French Alps and how we can play a part in it. From our pledge to become a circular brand to exciting designer collaborations, we’re always thirsty for fresh challenges and creating progressive new solutions to benefit future generations.

Though we may be young at heart, we’re still 231 years old, and we need fresh and diverse perspectives to maintain that youthful glow. It’s partnerships with relevant talent in the worlds of fashion, sports, and sustainability, like Maria Sharapova and Virgil Abloh that help us do just that. They help us look at everything through fresh eyes and stay tuned in to the ever-changing needs of the world and its people.