Waiakea has undeniably become a firm favorite among consumers in the U.S and beyond. Not only is the brand providing pure mineral bottled water but it’s also going out of its way to incorporate degradable bottles next year.
The impressive move has been lauded by environmentalists courtesy of its ability to reduce packaging lifespan by over 98% and changing the CPG industry worldwide. In a nutshell, the bottle consists of a 100% recyclable material made of TimePlast, which is the first patented additive incorporated for use in nano-degradable plastic.
Why the Plastic Material is both Strong and Fragile
According to Ryan Emmons, the CEO and Founder of Waiakea, creating this specific bottle meant adopting a different approach to using polymers. Coming in the wake of scientific advancement over the past 70 years, a radical shift to polymers meant that production mechanisms needed to move from only making stronger and better plastics to incorporating environmental concerns in their make-up.
Alternatively, incorporating a sustainable approach to developing biodegradable plastics proved to be a daunting yet achievable task in the manufacturing sector. The company opted to chemically degrade plastic as opposed to letting nature take its course. In a much deeper understanding, the entire process revolves around turning the polymer material into a biodegradable carbon-based wax. Even though regular wax degrades over thousands of years, introducing TimePlast additives ensures that the chemical bonds are broken down into much easier ones to decompose. Afterward, the process contributes to a small ecological footprint.
Waiakea is a popular water brand specializing in the provision of bottled mineral water from the volcanic mountains in Hawaii. The production process entails harnessing the natural volcanic power needed to generate adequate water, packaging it in its natural state and satisfying customers’ needs.
Additionally, the company distributes its in-demand product beyond Hawaii as more consumers crave for the high-quality water. Sourced from Hilo town, the pristine water is purified through the volcanic Mountain Mauna Loa.
Waiakea’s mineral composition consists of crucial minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium as well as a neutral pH (7). According to medical research, consuming alkaline water is proven to cause severe side effects. This has made the company harness its purification efforts to avoid this scenario.