Say Aloha to Waiakea Water

Last month, Rachel Arthur of Beverage Daily reported that a groundbreaking bottled-water company out of Hawaii will begin producing “a fully degradable bottle in the next year, reducing the lifespan of the packaging by 98 percent,” while maintaining the integrity and quality of traditional plastic.

As Waiakea Water’s founder and CEO Ryan Emmons told Beverage Daily, their patented TimePlast additive weakens “plastic’s traditional chemical bonds,” which are stronger and take 1,500 years to degrade. The additive works by converting the polymers in plastic to a carbon-based wax, nano-degrading the bottles in just 15 years. The result is 100% recyclable.

Even as they were working on the new bottle behind the scenes, Waiakea was already making waves with their volcanic water. Waiakea’s aquifer collects mineral-enriched, pH-balanced water originating from snowmelt and rain on the peak of the Mauna Loa volcano, which Forbes says is “one of the purest environments on Earth.”

In addition to selling healthy water, Waiākea’s also contributes to clean water access through their partnership with Pump Aid, a nonprofit which installs water pumps where local residents “live without clean, safe water on a daily basis” according to CaliforniaBlog. For each bottle sold, Waiākea donates 650 liters to isolated parts of Africa.

Because of Emmons’ innovative and eco-friendly business model, says Helaina Hovitz, his company has grown 4000% since 2012. Waiākea is the first U.S. bottled water to receive Carbon Neutral certification, and has the first and only patent for plastic degradation from the USPTO, according to Beverage Daily.

Securing that patent and perfecting a commercial-quality bottle that was fully degradable took five years and 1,200 experiments to “fine tune the solvation and oxidation processes,” Emmons told Ms. Arthur in September. In the end, however, the process is now extremely cost-effective, with only one pound of the TimePlast additive needed per 1,000 pounds of plastic.

From the use of renewable energy in manufacturing to its naturally alkaline, silica-rich water, Waiakea combines health benefits with environmental and socially conscious initiatives. Now, their cutting edge TimePlast technology stands poised to change the entire industry of packaged goods.


How Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water Challenged The Bottled Water Industry

When 22-year-old Ryan Emmons launched Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water in 2012, he was dedicated to producing a bottled water product that was as socially responsible as possible.

Around that same time, consumers were beginning to turn away from the bottled water industry thanks to environmentalist studies showing that plastic bottles were clogging up our landfills and wreaking havoc on the environment.

To ease the minds of eco-conscious consumers, Emmons created a water bottle that uses only recycled materials that break down over time.

Additionally, the manufacturing process itself uses 85 percent less energy than that of other bottled water companies. In fact, Emmons’ unique manufacturing process is the first of its kind to become certified carbon neutral.

Additionally, the company has an ethical edge as well. Emmons collaborated with Pump Aid, a charitable organization that gives clean, fresh drinking water to impoverished nations throughout the world.

Pump Aid donates 650 liters of clean water to an underprivileged region for every liter of Waiakea Water purchased. Through their collaborative effort, more than 5 million liters of clean water have gone to regions in need. Learn more about more Waiakea Water:

The water itself is as unique as Emmons’ practices. It comes from the Waiakea Springs in Hawaii where Emmons frequently vacationed with his family as a teenager. The water that collects in these springs flows down thousands of feet of the active Mauna Loa volcano.

As it travels, it collects essential electrolytes like magnesium and calcium. Additionally, the water picks up high levels of silica, a nutrient that improves brain function as well as the immune system.

According to Global News Wire, Waiakea Water is also sustainable. While many other water bottle companies have received criticism for grabbing water from unsustainable sources, Emmons’ brand takes water from a location that is completely replenished after only 30 days.

In its first three years on the market, Waiakea Water grew over 4,000 percent. Today, the company is valued at over $10 million and continues to grow. In fact, the demand for Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water has grown so tremendously that Emmons is currently opening up a second manufacturing facility in Hawaii.