Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water will start to use degradable water bottles for their packaging within the next year. This will decrease the bottles waste by 98%, and it is 100% recyclable. The former water bottle has a life span of 1,500 years, and the new one will only have 15 years. Which is a huge improvement. Ryan Emmons, who is the founder and CEO of Waiakea, realized that plastic can be both strong, yet weak. Making it able to be sturdy, yet have the ability to be broken down. They have figured out how to take the usual chemical bonds that are needed to create a water bottle and substitute them with less complicated links. It took over five years to create this new water bottle that has a shorter degradable life. The cost for these bottles are negotiable. this is due to the cost of the additive that makes the water bottle degrade, and when it is added.
Waiakea started back 2012. This was when Ryan Emmons was only 22 years old. Now the company has grown 4000% since then. The company is estimated to be worth 10 million dollars. Waiakea offers one of the purest waters available today, and has many minerals in it. It is also very beneficial for your hair, nails and skin. It helps balance out the fluids that are in your body. Emmons also donates 650mls of clean water for every bottle that he sells, to the charity PumpAid. So far, over 500 million liters of water has been donated to rural parts of Africa. This makes it so about 1.35 million people have been given access to fresh water now. They have also installed over 3,500 elephant pumps that they have installed thanks to the PumpAid. The cost for this water is relatively reasonable. 1.79 for a half liter and 2.79 for a full liter. Waiakea in 2017 has earned the title as the number 1 Top Volcanic Bottled Water.