Ever since Ryan Emmons founded Waiakea Springs in 2012, he has directed his company toward sustainability. Waiakea’s water is harvested from pristine springs that are filtered through lava rocks from Mauna Loa volcano. As the water flows, it is fortified with minerals and gets an enriched pH. The pH is 7.8-8.9 in this naturally occurring pure alkaline water. From the beginning, Waiakea water has been bottled in plastic bottles that are 100% PRET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate). In the very near future Waiakea is planning to use the first degradable water bottle.
Technically, it will not be plastic, but a more durable form of wax. This bottle is made of a nano-additive created by TimePlast. Essentially, the structure of the bottle has fewer chemical bonds linking the molecules together, so instead of taking 1,500 years to break down or biodegrade, it takes 15. By reducing the lifespan of the bottle by 98%, Waiakea will have helped develop a fully biodegradable form of plastic.
Waiakea is revolutionizing the consumer packaging industry. Now other water, fruit juice and soda manufacturers will imitate Waiakea when they see the successful reception ecologically minded consumers give their new Waiakea’s biodegradable bottle.
Waiakea is consistently opening new doors as a company. This could be because its founder is one of the youngest individuals in the bottled water business. He began Waiakea at 22 and now he is steadily forging new paths for the company and leading the way for his industry competitors. Waiakea is one of the few companies that show concern for the consumer. It makes a healthy product and packages it in a biodegradable package, it gives generously to charity and it sponsors environmental preservation projects. Next year, when it releases the first biodegradable ‘plastic’ bottle, it will be orchestrating the first revolutionary move for the consumer packaging industry in a very long time.