Boycotting Nestlé – It should be easy right?

by LeaningLactivist on October 28, 2009

in Lactivism

nestflownIn my perfect world nothing would get in the way of a year-round boycott of Nestlé. It’d be simple and I wouldn’t have to compromise. At All. Ever! Even in this less-than-simple world I inhabit I figure I can still knock out a week-long boycott with one hand tied behind my back.

On Monday I thought “I’ll avoid the supermarkets this week and buy only the barest of minimums if I’m forced to go.”  Three days down, four to go and Superama, SuperWalMart and Chedraui have not seen hide-nor-hair of me. I’m kicking butt when it comes to not purchasing anything new. I’m hitting my favorite local market to pick up the meats and fruits and vegetables I need for meals. Fresher food, lower prices, what’s not to love there? This is actually one of the things I’ll miss when I move away from my current location.

Things get trickier when it comes to things I’ve already purchased. Prior to PhD in Parenting’s Open Letter and the discussion it generated I had been avoiding Nestlé manufactured products but purchasing products I knew to be manufactured by other companies and only distributed under the Nestlé logo.

My *true* boycott would be one in which not a single Nestlé product found it’s way into our bodies here in this house. That is something I’m pretty sure we’re not going to get accomplished. I have kids, I have a husband (who still, after all these years, couldn’t tell you why I hate Nestlé) and I have General Mills cereals in the pantry purchased prior to the boycott. I’m also slow to start in the morning. I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a bowl of cereal or two around here this week. I checked that *true* boycott right off my list of goals and settled in to being happy about not buying a single Nestlé branded product this week whether it was manufactured by them or simply distributed by them.

Before the dust-up I was rationalizing that General Mills made the foods that I was purchasing and Nestlé was “only” distributing them. I’d buy them even though the Nestlé seal was sitting there in the upper corner blinking like a neon light at me.

I’ve started rethinking that purchasing behavior though. It’s not impossible for me to manage freshly made breakfast food in the same way we are eating fresh foods for our other meals. The only things in my way really is laziness in the morning and lack of recipes. The recipes are easy to find. I just have to make a commitment to not allow those easy bowls of cereal poured by kids and not their mom to lure me into trouble.

How is everyone doing with the boycotts? Are you running into issues you didn’t expect to? Has it been easier than you expected?


Liz November 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

We’re in the same boat, living outside the US for the moment and seeing some favorite brands distributed by Nestle here (including our beloved Cheerios). I have just finally (after 9 mos!) badgered my husband, who does most of the grocery shopping, into not buying them anymore. Major victory, because he loves his Cheeerios! Now I just realized that the candy we bought for Halloween was Nestle, as we’re still learning the brands here. So, aside from that one slipup, we’re doing great on the boycott. Here’s hoping enough people participated for the week that Nestle noticed a difference in their sales…

LeaningLactivist November 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Hi Liz! We managed to get through better than I thought. My youngest copped a cup of instant coffee (Nescaf of course) one morning but we managed to cook breakfast most mornings this week so we did better than I had expected overall.

My plans for the future are to gradually get all the Nestlé products out of the house and to try to stick to Post and Kelloggs cereals. I’m also planning on sending my husband the link to Annie’s post so he’ll get half a clue about the issue.

Congratulations on getting your husband to “just say NO!” to the Cheerios. That is definitely going to be a struggle for us!

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