Waiakea Water is a Hawaii-based bottled water company that was founded in 2012. Company founder Ryan Emmons spent time in the state as a youth and was impressed with Hawaiian culture and value systems. Ryan learned that Hawaiian values focused more on human and environmental capital in contrast to only concerning oneself with the accumulation of wealth. Ryan Emmons was determined to make this philosophy a vital part of his business.
Waiakea Water has branded itself on the concept of sustainability. For the company, sustainability is not just a generic term used to further the cause of gaining more sells but is actually present in all functions of company operations. Ryan Emmons explains that the company produces volcanic water and has a potential output capability of 740 millions gallons per day. To put that in perspective, the entire bottled water consumption of the United States of America is 2 million gallons of water per day. With regards to sustainability however, Waiakea Water is not only concerned with water production. The company has also made great strides in producing bottles for their water that will provide sustainability and do less harm to people and the environment.
Waiakea Water plans to in the next year begin to using water bottles that are fully degradable. These bottles will be made with TimePlast and are 100% recyclable. TimePlast is and additive for the nano degradation of plastic. Waiakea will be the first company to use TimePlast for its bottles.
Much time and expend has been spent to develop this product. Approximately 1200 experiments over a five year period were conducted to produce a plastic with the same qualities as regular plastic.http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/10/06/how-waiakea-water-is-changing-the-plastic-water-bottle-industry/
In addition to being a friend to the economy and a supporter of relevant social issues, Waiakea Water contributes to many deserving charities. Waiakea is committed to doing its part to assure that all enjoy clean water. To date, the company has provided hundreds of millions of gallons of water to those in need. A favorite mantra of Waiakea Water is “Malama I Ka Aina,” a Hawaiian term that translates in English to “Care for the land.” And it is this concept that is evident in all of Waiakea’s activities.