It took them five long years and over 1,200 experiments, but the end result was worth it to Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water. For the first time ever, the world’s first fully degradable water bottle has come into existence. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water announced that by this time next year they will go to market with a fully degradable bottle.
Waiakea Water has been generating rumblings throughout the bottled water industry since its founding. While more and more bottled water brands fill the shelves of grocery stores (all with various claims of being degradable or eco-friendly), it seems as if the only true eco-conscious choice was no bottled water at all. Waiakea has decided to change all that and not go to market until it had a truly environmentally friendly product.
Waiakea has worked diligently to reduce their packaging’s lifespan by an incredible 98%. The bottle will be 100% recyclable. For founder, Ryan Emmons, the key was to approach the construction of the bottle at a new angle. While many water bottles claim to be degradable, they actually take around 1,500 years to fully degrade. Waiakea’s new bottles will take just 15 years and will be the first to utilize TimePlast, which isn’t a plastic at all.
Waiakea Water is volcanic water that comes from a pure source that is naturally alkaline. It has a pH range that falls between 7.8 and 8.8. Those numbers are incredible for balancing the body’s alkaline levels. Research has found that drinking water with alkaline additives should be avoided, which is what makes Waiakea so special, along with the natural addition of minerals. It is sourced from a single volcanic source in Hawaii and is a fully sustainable and renewable resource. Basically, this is bottled water unlike any we have seen before.
In addition to the purity and the eco-consciousness of Waiakea, the company was founded with a commitment to making a positive footprint globally. While the company donates liters of clean water for each one sold (totaling 500 million to date), they have also built over 3,000 “Elephant Pumps” in areas that don’t have regular access to clean water. Waiakea has given access to clean water to over 1.35 million people that otherwise would not have had what they consider to be a luxury.