Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is the pioneer water company to adopt healthy, ethical and sustainable water distribution. Founded in June 2012, the Waiakea Company has been promoting clean, delicious, Hawaiian volcanic water. Regarded as one of the fastest growing companies in America, Waiakea has multiple distribution stores in most states.
From next year, the award-winning company is planning to begin packaging water in fully degradable bottles. The 100% recyclable bottle will be made of TimePlast material and will reduce the plastic lifespan to around 15 years. TimePlast is the only additive that is patented and utilized for nano-degradation.
According to Waiakea founder and CEO, Ryan Emmons, unlike before the scientists are now focused on making the bottle weaker instead of stronger. Also, from the manufacturing process, they have concentrated on chemically degrading the container. By turning the polymer into carbon-based wax, the degradation process will now be done by nature. The TimePlast additive added to the plastic during the manufacturing process substitutes the conventional chemical bonds with links that are less complicated. The final result is a weakened nano-degraded plastic with a shorter life.
According to Ryan Emmons, the success didn’t come easy. Over a thousand experiments were done within five years to replicate a regular bottle. Also, there was the challenge of obtaining the approval by the United State Patent and Trademark Office for the patent. Emmons stated that the quality of RPET used in making the bottle more costly. However, the cost TimePlast additive is negligible and will be absorbed with other expenses.
The breakthrough by the Waiakea Company rubber stamps it as one of the most eco-friendly and socially conscious companies in the U.S. With water naturally enriched with minerals and electrolytes, Waiakea Company is also privileged to have water that has pH of 8.8. The CarbonNeutral certified company through the Pump Aid has a mission to donate clean water to disadvantaged communities in Africa.
Due to their innovation and contribution to the community, Waiakea has been featured by renowned publications like Forbes, Fortune, and Environmental leader among others. Furthermore, they have been recognized and won various awards. Some of these awards include Food and Beverage Innovation Award and Beverage World BevSta Awards among others.