Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water will be the first company in the world to package the water it sells in a fully degradable bottle. It will begin offering these bottles in 2018 which will reduce the time it takes for a bottle to break down from about 1,500 years down to just 15 years, the company says. In order to achieve this breakthrough, scientists came up with TimePlast, a nano-additive with the power to break down plastic material far faster than nature can.
Waiakea bottles have always been made of 100% recycled plastic. This new technology will further reduce the company’s effect on the environment. The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Waiakea, Ryan Emmons, said that his company approached bottles and polymers in a different way. To date all of the research, he says, has been about making plastic stronger rather than weaker, and thus more able to break down. He said his company instead wants to accelerate the natural process of breaking bottles down so that landfills aren’t littered with them for over a thousand years to come.
Waiakea branded bottled water, which comes from the Big Island of Hawaii, has long been known for being sustainably sourced, as well as environmentally and socially responsible. It is also one of the best tasting and nutritious bottles of water on the market. In its 2017 roundup, 10 Best Water named Waiakea as the number one brand of volcanic water in the world.
Waiakea was founded by Emmons in 2012. Being socially responsible is one of the underpinnings of the company. For each bottle of water sold 650ML of clean water is donated through a partnership between Waiakea and PumpAid. This water is provided through wells dug in poor rural communities that lie in Africa.
The bottles of water that Waiakea sells can be found at many retailers across the United States. This includes Walmart, which is the largest grocery chain in the United States, and Amazon among others. People are attracted to what Waiakea is all about, which is being a triple bottom line company that puts the planet and people first.