Waiakea water will be using a degradable bottle for packing their Waiakea Volcanic Water from next year. The 100% recyclable bottle uses TimePlast additive. TimePlast is a nano-additive for plastic degradation that reduces the lifespan of plastics from 1500 years to 15 years. Moreover, Waiakea will be the first company to use the nano-additive substance in making plastic bottles.
Making degradable bottles in the past was not possible because most of the research conducted on polymers embarked on making plastics stronger and not weaker. Companies focused on making the plastics degradable to reduce plastic pollution. Waiakea on the other hand chemically degrades the plastics during manufacture to hasten nature’s degradation process. The company converts the polymers into wax that is degradable.
Waiakea Incorporation invested heavily in creating plastics that shared similar qualities with the regular bottles. The company carried out approximately 1200 experiments over a span of five years to come up with the plastic. The company had a problem of obtaining a patent approval from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This was the first patent approval on plastic degradation. The cost of using TimePlast additive is negligible because it is added in the initial stages of the manufacturing process.Therefore, there are no expensive costs incurred in engaging in the environment friendly process.
Ryan Emmons founded Waiakea Incorporation in 2012. Ryan Emmons decided to start the company after drinking and realizing the Hawaii water was special. The company is the sole wholesaler of the Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water. The water source is mainly rainwater and snowmelt coupled with moisture from Mauna Loa Volcano in Hawaii. The water acquires minerals like Calcium, Potassium, and Magnesium after getting filtered through 14,000 feet of Mauna Loa volcanic rock. Waiakea distributes water to other countries and suppliers in need of pure, high-quality water. Waiakea water is the top volcanic bottled water company globally.
Waiakea plays a vital role in the community by giving back. In partnership with Pump Aid, the company is set to donate 650 liters of clean consumable water in Africa. Pump Aid is a charity that embarks on proving clean water to disadvantaged communities, especially in Africa.