Waiakea Water is Leading the Pack with the Introduction of Degradable Plastics

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).

The Socially-Conscious Waiakea Water

While most people purchase bottled water to maintain a state of good health, they usually are not aware of any efforts made on the part of the companies producing the water. The team behind the Waiakea brand go to great lengths to help bring clean drinking water to countries that do not have enough resources. A portion of the money collected from every bottle of Waiakea water goes toward the task of bringing clean water to a small village in Africa. Not only does this action reflect the social consciousness of the team behind Waiakea water, but it also shows how much they care about helping people lead healthier lives.

The clean water Waiakea helps bring to the village of Malawi is thanks to an organization known as Pump Aid. This organization uses the funds it receives to build pumps in countries where they have limited access to clean water. In the village of Malawi, the average person only has access to about 15 liters of clean water. This is a very small amount when compared to the 660 liters of water used by an average person in America. The efforts taken on the part of the Waiakea brand provides the people of Malawi with new sources of clean water, which helps reduce the amount of sicknesses these people incur.

The team behind the Waiakea brand of bottled water have also taken an active interest in preserving the planet’s natural environment. They do this by using a bottling process that significantly reduces the amount of carbon waste put back into the atmosphere. They also use bottles made of RPET plastic, which means the plastic has already been recycled to make their bottles. The water captured for this brand also comes from a renewable resource. This water falls on the big island of Hawaii as precipitation, which eventually makes a journey that takes it through several layers of underground rock. These rock formations are actually made from past lava spills from the Mauna Loa volcano. They help enrich the water with minerals that make it a healthy beverage as well as a sustainable resource.