Waiakea Water Steps Up Environmental Conservation Efforts with the Launch the First Degradable Plastic Bottle

Waiakea is a Hawaiian firm that produces bottled water and supplies across several regions. Ryan Emmons established this company in 2012. He also doubles up as the CEO. His family lives close to the Mauna Loa Volcano thus the inspiration to produce water that is both healthy and ethical.

The company sells the award-winning Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water. Volcanic water is known to have a refreshing taste with no extra ingredients added in the course of processing. Waiakea water is the best volcanic bottled water. The firm has customers from Hawaii to the US and even to the rest of the world.

The firm is among the fastest growing water companies and has many awards to its name. The company has featured in Forbes, People, Good Morning America, Beverage World and Food Navigator among others. Waiakea is passionate about providing clean water while caring for the environment and the community. Waiakea gives to charity, for instance, they donate 650 liters of water to Pump Aid for every liter they sell. The company enjoys good relationships with its customers because it understands where to draw the line between making good profits and producing goods ethically.

The company follows the Triple Bottom Line Principle whereby financial growth takes consideration of potential social or environmental impact. They make all new bottles from recycled ones. Furthermore, Waiakea has decided to use an entirely degradable container from 2018. The bottle is made using TimePlast, an additive for plastic nano-degradation, which reduces the lifespan of plastics to 15 years from 1,500 years. TimePlast essentially substitutes the traditional strong chemical bonds in plastics with weaker bonds. The final result is a re-engineered bottle that is nano-degradable, weak and has minimal negative impact on the environment.

Mr. Emmons admits that the process took five years and more than a thousand experiments before coming out with a product whose lifespan has reduced by 98%, but the quality is still intact. Even though the cost of the RPET used is relatively high, the value is not so much reflective on pricing because it is the same cost as coloring ordinary bottles aquamarine.