Water packaging uses a kind of plastic that takes long to become degraded. Well, for Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic water, coming up with a degradable bottle is a momentous achievement. The plastic bottle’s lifespan has been reduced by over 98%. It is 100% recyclable, and it uses the first and the only patented Nano-degradation TimePlast. According to Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water, the degradation percentage has reduced from 1500 years to 15 years. It’s the first company to use TimePlast non-additive with its packaging bottles.
The founder and CEO of Waiakea, Ryan Emmons, argues that the reason why this invention never existed because the last 70 years of research focused on making the plastic better and stronger. Secondly, the sustainable approaches to the issue of plastic pollution have focused on making the plastics degradable to no avail. The idea is to make the plastic degradable from the molecular level. The invention took 1200 tests and five years to get plastic that has qualities matching the regular plastic. Ryan Says this was one of the biggest challenges for the bottle.
Waiakea has used high-quality RPET for their bottles, and it costs twice or three times the cost of a standard RPET. This is negligible depending on how it is added at the onset of the manufacturing process. Ryan says the technology is meant to change the CPG industry around the world. The bottles are recyclable just like other regular PET bottles.
Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is a company based in Hawaii that was founded in 2012. It’s a water production company that uses unique and sustainable processes that focuses on the positive effect on the people. Ryan Emmons is the founder and CEO of Waiakea, whose inspiration came from the Hawaiian culture. Waiakea uses the power of volcanoes to come up with good water.
This company has grown exponentially since its inception in 2012. Waiakea has a growth rate of 170% translating to 122,400 cases of water sales per year. As of now, the company is valued at $10 million. The company has received numerous awards and has been featured in Forbes, among other major US publications.