Bottled water is ubiquitous and, frankly, a menace to the environment. That’s how Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is different. Not only has the company has been certified Carbon neutral because it utilizes low emission vehicles to deliver its product, but also the company has started using fully degradable bottles that are manufactured using 100% recyclable plastic and utilizes 85% less energy to manufacture the bottles.
Plastic bottles do eventually degrade, but it takes approximately 1,000 years. Waiakea’s bottles will degrade much more quickly; in about 15 years. Certainly the denizens of the world’s oceans would appreciate that. Waiakea is a founding partner with TimePlast and has the only patented nano-additive for plastic in the world. This allows the bottles to not only biodegrade in a much more reasonable time frame than traditional plastic bottles, but is also recyclable.
Another aspect that makes Waiakea different from other bottled water is that it is filtered through 14,000 feet of the volcanic rock of the Mauna Loa volcano. Volcanic water provides water with a higher pH level and imparts minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium which are essential for a healthy body.
Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water company was founded by Ryan Emmons in 2012 and since then has gone from selling about 2,300 cases to over 122,000 a year. The Specialty Food Association has awarded Emmons their Citizenship 2018 Leadership Award.
Waiakea has teamed up with PumpAid and donates 650ML for every bottle sold to disadvantaged areas of Africa and to date has donated 500 million liters.
A Santa Barbara native, Emmons also vacationed with his family in Hawaii, where he first tasted the local waters. He is an avid surfer and generally revels in the great outdoors which has spurred him to his environmentally conscious endeavors such as Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water and his social consciousness has led him to his donations to PumpAid.