The CEO and founder of Waiakea, Ryan Emmons, has an exciting announcement for the future of the company in the way it bottles it’s pH neutral water. Waiakea has been working with scientists to invent a degradable bottle with a faster breakdown time. Normally plastic bottles can take up to 1500 years to degrade into something that won’t effect the earth’s ecosystem. But with the new plastic formula, bottles will degrade in about 15 years. TimePlast is the additive that will be added to the plastic at the beginning of the moulding process. TimePlast is a polymer that makes the chemical bonding pairs simpler, thereby making a strong bottle that weakens faster.
This line of eco-friendly thinking is nothing new to the founder Mr. Emmons. When Waiakea was founded, Ryan wanted the company to be a completely sustainable business from the start. Waiakea water itself is a sustainable, renewed resource from a singular water source, filtered through many layers of volcanic rock from the Mauna Loa volcano. It is naturally alkaline with the many minerals the body needs and a perfect amount of silica, giving the water a smoothness when tasted.
Waiakea already possesses a “carbon neutral” certification as one of the first bottled water companies to achieve such a status. Waiakea uses a very high grade of polyethylene terephthalate, which is 100% recycled. This manufacturing process uses 85% less energy than traditional methods of manufacturing and 90% less carbon emissions. The plastic is also BPA free. Even though Waiakea has already made more strides to be eco friendly than most companies, founder Ryan Emmons wanted to do more.
Waiakea partnered with Pump Aid to bring clean water to the rural areas of Africa. Traditionally it is a matter of extreme conservation in these rural areas to gather enough water to keep a family hydrated daily. Partnering with Pump Aid, Waiakea has helped bring 500 million gallons of water and over 3,000 pumps to Africa. For every bottle of water that Waiakea sells, they donate water to African villages. To read more about Waiakea, please click here.