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.
Word got out and the source became so popular that Monsieur Cachat 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.
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.
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.
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, Ellen MacArthur, and Virgil Abloh–our new Creative Advisor for Sustainable Innovation Design–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.