Even though water is generally looked at as a healthy beverage, there are plenty of factors that are looked at when it comes to the health of the water. Among the factors that are looked at is the type of container that is used to hold the water. One of the most common containers for holding water is the plastic bottle. However, there have been a lot of comments made about how plastic is actually bad for water. For one thing, there are a lot of contaminants in plastic that carry into the water. Many people suggest glass as a better container for water.
Even though plastic may have tons of contaminants, there are other factors in the water. One of the factors of the healthiness of the water is the source. Many waters come from acidic sources. Fortunately, Waiakea water is one of the waters that are very healthy. Not only is the water coming from the best source, but a lot of care is taken for the packaging of the water. The packaging is done in a way that makes sure that the quality of the water is maintained so that people will be able to enjoy more of the health benefits that come with the drink.
There are plenty of different containers being considered for the Hawaiian volcanic water. One is a degradable type of bottle. This is to make the water product more environmentally-friendly. Even the other bottle they have been using has something that even glass doesn’t have. While glass is considered a better alternative than plastic, there are factors in place that people have to consider like how it is cleaned. One good thing about the plastic that Waiakea uses is that it is considered carbon neutral. Therefore, people are able to enjoy the water without any worries of health problems.
Although there are many bottled water companies in the U.S, Waiakea Water has carved a niche for itself as an innovative brand. The company is barely 5-years-old, but it is giving well established bottled water companies a run for their money. Waiakea’s innovation can be attributed to its founder, Ryan Emmons. Emmons, 27, is a millennial entrepreneur, and he understands the needs of his generation who have often been famed for being health and socially conscious. Waiakea Water distributes premium water with a slew of health benefits. Nutritionists describe the water as naturally alkaline. Emmons could have stopped there, but he would be unsatisfied if his company did not contribute to sustainable production as well as corporate social responsibility efforts.
One way Waiakea Water is contributing towards sustainable production is through the use of 100 percent RPET bottles which the company will dump next year in favor of degradable bottles. The concept of degradable bottles is relatively new. In fact, Waiakea Water will be the first company to make use of the bottles. Speculations are rife that Waiakea Water could reshape the $2 trillion consumer packaged goods industry (otherwise known as CPG).
Degradable bottles as will be adopted by Waiakea in the coming year are a marked improvement from traditional bottles. According to the company, degradable bottles can survive in the environment up to 15 years while conventional bottles can last up to 100 times as long as degradable bottles. The bottles can be recycled (in fact they improve the degradability of traditional bottles when recycled alongside one another), and as Emmons stresses, any company keen on protecting the environment can afford to use degradable bottles. Emmons equates the cost of achieving degradable bottles to the cost of acquiring aquamarine colorant of plastic bottles.
The concept of degradable bottles sounds promising as it will significantly reduce plastic pollution. However, it took Waiakea Water over five years and over one thousand experiments to achieve the perfect degradable bottle with qualities inherent in traditional commercial plastics. Also, the company had a hard time obtaining a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).