Waiakea Water Curbing Plastic Pollution

By next year, Waiakea Volcanic Water will be using a fully-degradable bottle.The bottle is 100% recyclable and uses Timeplast, the only additive for no-degradation of plastic which is cost negligible. Timeplast breaks plastic’s chemical bonds substituting them with less complicated links which drops the plastic’s lifespan from 1,500 to 15 years. Waiakea is the first water company which willuse Timeplast.

Ryan Emmons, founder, and CEO of Waiakea stated that coming up with the bottle meant approaching polymers differently. The reason why this bottle was never invented before is that for over 70 years most scientific research is done to make plastic strong and better, whereas this bottle was to be made weaker. Secondly, plastic pollution issue is always directed to making them biodegradable, no companies have tried to make their plastic compostable.The plastic is degraded chemically from the manufacturing process to accelerate nature’s process. The plastic is not made biodegradable but rather the polymer is turned into a carbon-based wax.It took the company five years and 1,200 experiments to come up with this bottle. The main challenges they faced was trying to disintegrate 98% of the material without losing its integrity as plastic. Moreover, obtaining the first and only patent on plastic degradation approved by The United States Patent and Trademark Office was a challenge.

Waiakea Water is a Hawaiian company which was founded in 2002. It was established to produce bottled water through unique ways. Ryan Emmons, the founder, got inspired when his family moved around Mauna Loa Volcano where volcanic water is derived. He got an idea of processing and packing the water with creative ways that are harmless to the people.

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Moreover, Waiakea takes part in charitable events. Through its partnership with Pump Aid, Waiakea donates 650 liters of clean water for every single liter they sell to place with water scarcity problem. Waiakea has contributed over a million gallons of water and has subscribed to “Malam I KaAina” Hawaiian tenant which means “Care for the land.”

Waiakea brand is respected and built on sustainability principle. Ryan is positive that in future Waiakea will be producing the cleanest water. The water will be processed and packaged in a way that is not detrimental to the environment and people.