Water is unlike any water we have seen on the market yet. Bottled from a single, fully sustainable source in Hawaii, the water runs over volcanic rock where it collects natural minerals before being bottled. The water is incredibly alkaline, falling between 7.8 and 8.8 without any additives.
Founded by Ryan Emmons in 2012, Waiakea recently shared that when it rolls out to markets within the year it will be the first ever water bottle to be fully degradable and recyclable – yes, even the cap!
The bottled water market has been jammed for years to offer an eco-friendly option. Yet, with facts arising such as that companies can slap the term “degradable” on water bottles that won’t fully degrade for 15,000 years, there has been a movement to shy away from bottled water altogether and opt for a personal carrier.
Waiakea is poised to enter as the first true bottled water that checks every box that we, as fans of sustainability, demand from our water. Emmons himself is leading the charge by demanding that the packing be truly degradable. The new Waiakea water bottles are fully degradable because they are not even made of plastic. The company has worked for five years and conducted over 1,200 experiments to turn the actual polymer of the packaging into a carbon-based wax that is finally 100% degradable.
Waiakea Water is also one of the first premium bottled water brands to earn the prestigious certification of being Carbon Neutral. Their packaging can be fully recycled and eliminates virtually any outlet for environmental harm.
While Waiakea may be a new face in the crowded bottle water scene, they are by no means at the back of the pack. Consumers are looking for a truly sustainable product and Waiakea is offering just that.
In addition to their commitments to the environment through their product, they also have included social consciousness at the core of their business. Through their partnership with Pump Aid, the company has implemented clean running water for over 1.35 million people in Africa as well as installed 3,200 “Elephant Pumps,” that provide clean water access to those who need it most.