Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is looking forward to using a fully degradable and 100% recyclable bottle next year. As claimed by the brand, the company will be the first and only firm to use TimePlast: the only patented additive for plastic’s nano-degradation. TimePlast is believed to reduce plastics’ degradation lifespan from 1,500 to about 15 years.
Waiakea’s CEO and founder Ryan Emmons explained that the reason why the unique bottle wasn’t invented before is because over 70 years, researches focused on how to make plastics stronger and better. Additionally, companies focused on making bio-plastics using products such as corn and sugar cane which are not degradable.
As stated by Ryan Emmons, Waiakea’s process of creating the bottle involved approaching the polymers differently. The normal plastic chemical bond is replaced with simple links weakening it. The polymers are converted into a carbon-based wax which is degradable. The process does not rely fully on nature to degrade the plastic as the TimePlast chemical is added to the plastic during the manufacturing process. This therefore speeds up the process.
TimePlast additive is a cost effective process to obtain the degradable bottle as the amount needed to make a thousands of bottles is negligible. Additionally, the bottles can be recycled together with regular PET bottles. The TimePlast is therefore a cost-effective technology having the potential to transform the CPG industry globally.
Waiakea is an environmental mindful bottled water company established in 2012. This is after Emmons discovered that his family had access to the most natural, pure, healthy and sustainable source of water. The water has a unique mineral composition as it’s filtered through thousands of feet of porous lava rocks of the Mauna Loa Volcano.
As a way of giving back to the community, Waiakea has partnered with a charity program called Pump Aid to help supply water to those in need. Through this program, Waiakea has managed to donate 650 liters of clean water to people in Africa. More than 1.35 million people have also accessed safe and clean water through this program.
As a result of producing high quality water, great packaging, and observing sustainability, Waiakea water has received several awards including Best in Biz Awards, World Beverage Innovation Awards, Beverage World BevStar Awards among several others. Waiakea has also been featured by prominent editorials such as Forbes, Environmental Leader and Good Morning America.