Waiakea Water Introduces Degradable Plastic Bottles

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.

Wild Ark – article recap

Modern Day Tarzans & Janes

We live in a world where nature is in constant threat of destruction and eventual extinction. Some choose to watch it and report on it and some actually choose to roll up their sleeves and try to do something about it. One such group of people are the folks who run Wild Ark. Wild Ark is an organization founded to help preserve endangered habitats. They do this by finding greenbelts, especially those that still have a significant amount of wildlife, and take necessary action to protect it. The group also provides opportunities for researchers to get a close look at it and do the necessary research. Learn more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/03/25/the-last-21-km-of-fenceline-between-david-pocock-and-his-wildest_a_21884731/

Starting with the founders of Wild Ark, Mark, and Sophie Hutchinson, everyone who is part of the team has one thing in common despite their diverse backgrounds. They all have a passion for nature, outdoor life and have dedicated their life towards this field. In fact, Mark Hutchinson puts it best when he explains why he started the organization when he says he wants to leave behind a better natural habitat, compared to what he found, for his children. A native of Sydney, Australia, he holds multiple degrees and he spends most of the time doing outdoor activities such as trekking and surfing. Learn more: https://au.linkedin.com/in/mark-hutchinson-596329121

Wild Ark is unique compared to many other similar organizations in that they offer field trips and excursions into the wild. They are conducted in a responsible way so as to not disturb or harm wildlife habitat. It could be called “Responsible Ecotourism” where participants get a close look at nature, learn and contribute towards the cause. Wild Ark has carefully picked some of the most popular destinations for participants who want to get close to nature, without damaging anything. Most of the popular destinations are in Africa, in countries such as Botswana and South Africa. Learn more: https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/a-closer-look-at-a-south-african-conservancy-experience/