Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is looking to start using fully degradable bottling for their water this next year. With its new TimePlast plastic, it only takes 15 years for their bottles to degrade versus the normal 1500 years for most other plastic water bottles. The company believes that their focus on making a degradable bottle rather than a compostable bottle was the key to their success. While it took the company five years to perfect the design of the plastic they now use, it has paid off, because the cost of making the bottles is no more than the cost of making regular non-degradable bottles.
Waiakea Water company was founded by Ryan Emmons in 2012 after he reflected upon the quality of the water he had been drinking when he visited Hawaii with his family. The pure, volcanic water that Waiakea uses comes from a natural source that exists on the island of Hawaii, and Emmons believes it is some of the healthiest and cleanest waters on the face of our planet. Part of what makes it so special is the fact that it is filtered through a large part of the Mauna Loa volcano, which fills it with minerals and other nutrients along the way.
Since the water is retrieved from an aquifer that recharges at a rate of 1.4 billion gallons and is bottled at a factory that is fueled by 33 percent renewable energy, this makes it completely sustainable. On top of this, the bottles that the water is contained in are 100 percent recyclable making Waiakea the first premium bottled water company to use this kind of packaging. To boot, the process to make the bottles is 90 percent more efficient at reducing carbon emissions.
Waiakea Water gives back to the world through its Pump Aid program, which is a charity endeavor where the company helps to provide clean water to disadvantaged communities in the rural parts of Africa. To this day, well over 1 million people have safe, sanitary, and drinkable water, and they have helped to build over 3,200 Elephant Pumps, which pump water to locals. Overall, 500 million liters of water have been donated through their program.