Starting next year Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water will start packaging their product in a bottle that will be 100% recyclable. These bottles will use a nano-additive called TimePlast. The founder and CEO of Waiakea, Ryan Emmons, states that the production of this new bottle involves a different way of using the polymers in the manufacturing process. Up to now, companies have put the emphasis on manufacturing plastic that aimed to be degradable. Despite this, the lifespan of plastic is around 1500 years. The TimePlast additive weakens the chemical bonds in the plastic which allows for it to degrade much faster, to a time period of about 15 years.
In 2012 Waiakea was founded on the basis of being the first Hawaiian Volcanic Water, with the Kea’au aquifer as the source. They are committed to helping provide access to clean water to people all over the world, especially to rural Africa, and they provide the water through their association with Pump Aid. Waiakea has received awards from several organizations that include Good Morning America, Best in Biz Awards, National Restaurant Association, and Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting.
Waiakea Water has been certified as CarbonNeutral, the first drink company to have this distinction. The source water, which is on the big Island of Hawaii filters through the most active volcano in the world, Mauna Loa. Due to the distance of the water from the volcano, there are no sources of pollution that can contaminate it. The filtering and purification that the water undergoes gives it a pure alkaline quality.
Waiakea Water contains the electrolytes calcium, sodium, magnesium, and potassium and has a silica content of 30mg. CEO Emmons has sited studies that suggest that drinking water each day with a content of 10mg of silica could provide a reduction in Alzheimer’s disease of as much as 11 percent. The company maintains an eco-conscious mindset and they subscribe to the Hawaiian tenant “Malama i ka Aina” (care for the land).