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.https://www.10bestwater.com/brands/volcanic/ 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.