Even though nature has been producing natural mineral water since–forever–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.
From Cachat source to evian® water and thermalism
Seduced by the quality of the water, Monsieur Cachat began selling its water to the local community. Soon after, people wanted more than just to drink the water, they wanted to be fully immersed in it. In 1806, the first thermal spa opened, followed in 1826 by the first bottling facility installed on the site of the Cachat source. Its popularity attracted visitors from all over Europe and beyond. The Company of the Mineral Waters of Evian and the evian® brand were then created in order to develop the activities of thermalism and water bottling. Driven by the increasing demand of people who wanted to enjoy evian® benefits at home, a bigger scale bottling started at the end of the 19th century. Ever since, our evian® water has become synonymous with healthy hydration and wellness.
Keeping with our passion for pioneering, Danone Waters of America became the first to import a premium natural mineral water brand–evian–in the US and Canada in 1978, but we didn’t stop there.
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 behavioral 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.
By becoming B Corp accredited, evian is now part of a pioneering group of less than 4% of companies that have engaged with the B Impact Assessment online and achieved the score required to become B Corp. B Corp status also marks recognition for evian’s full transparency about its water and what it takes to bottle it. To mark this announcement, evian has launched a digital dashboard for consumers to track its progress towards becoming circular by 2025*, reaching a new brand milestone in committing to this level of transparency. Find out more via our sustainability dashboard here.
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 completely 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 230 years old, and we need fresh perspectives to maintain that youthful glow. It’s partnerships with relevant talent in the worlds of fashion, sports, and sustainability, like Maria Sharapova 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.