Waiakea Hawaiian Bottled Water has received a lot of attention lately due to a recent announcement that is expected to completely revolutionize the bottled water industry. Many bottled water companies make claims that they are in some way moderately good for our environment. From a small green leaf that is supposed to signal biodegradability to three circled arrows that mean you can recycle the bottle, there are many claims to a bottled water company being eco-friendly. However, deep research shows that all of these claims fall short.
Waiakea Hawaiian Bottled Water has just set the bar that bottled water companies will now have to live up to. The company announced that in 2018 it will release a bottle of volcanic water that is the world’s first truly biodegradable bottle. While many companies claim that their bottle is degradable, to them, the word “degradable,” means that in one thousand years the bottle will be degraded. This is unacceptable for anyone who has done any research on the damage that water bottles have done to our environment, especially the ocean’s eco system.
Waiakea’s new water bottle will not only be the first bottle that is truly 100% recyclable (even the lid), but it will fully be degraded in less than 15 short years. This news has brought Waiakea a lot of attention, including in a recent article in Affiliated Dork that explored the truth behind what is truly degradable and what the current water bottle brands are doing to our environment. In the article, Waiakea CEO Ryan Emmonds spoke about how he discovered volcanic water and decided to launch Waiakea, even without a million dollars in funding.
Waiakea has an incredibly interesting bottling process. The water comes from melted ice caps that come from the top of an active volcano in Hawaii. The water trickles down miles of organic volcanic rock that is loaded with minerals. These minerals are absorbed into the water, creating an incredibly rich PH Balance that will provide our bodies with the alkaline balance that many other bottled water companies only claim to be able to provide.