Reducing the world’s plastic pollution, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water created a patented plastic formula to make each bottle 100% recyclable. Known as TimePlast, the inventive plastic’s lifespan is about 15 years, compared to the average 1,500 years. The founder and CEO of Waiakea, Ryan Emmons changed the plastic’s polymers to create a plastic that degrades chemically compared to relying on nature. Instead of degradable bottles, the plastic’s polymer was changed to a carbon-based wax. While Waiakea faced many challenges to engineer bottle’s to reduce plastic pollution, the end result is a low cost, degradable bottle that is recyclable with other PET plastics.
Established in 2012, Waiakea water has grown 4,000% overall and at an annual rate of 170%. Traditionally, bottled water is considered to add excess environmental waste. But, Waiakea plastic bottles are both sustainable and eco-friendly. With the Hawaiian culture in mind, Waiakea is harvested from a naturally sustainable water source on the Big Island. Filtered through layers of volcanic rock, Waiakea Volcanic Water contains added mineral composition and increased electrolytes.
While many bottled water brands contain an artificially added alkaline, CEO Ryan Emmons takes pride in the natural Hawaiian water having a pH balance of 7.8 to 8.8. From the Hawaiian aquifer, water is produced at a rate of 1.4 billion gallons, making it a sustainable and reusable source. With the environment being a top priority to Waiakea and Ryan Emmons, the company reduces its carbon emissions by using 33% renewable energy. Further reducing its carbon footprint, Waiakea plastic bottles are CarbonNeutral certified, while using 85% less energy to manufacture the 100% recycled bottles.
Continuing to reduce carbon emissions and plastic waste pollution, Waiakea is dedicated to helping rural communities in need. Partnering with Pump Aid, Waiakea donates to clean water supplies in rural parts of Africa. Waiakea and Pump Aid have given clean water to 1.35 million people. Committed to clean drinking water along with increased sanitation, Pump Aid with the help of Waiakea have created over 3,200 Elephant Pumps. A total of over 500 million liters of water have been donated since Waiakea’s establishment in 2012.