Hawaiians are beginning to say no to bottled water in an effort to combat excess waste and pollution. However, there may be an exception when it comes to Waiakea water, as many have taken a liking to a bottle water that comes from a natural alkaline source and uses eco-friendly packaging. To top it all off, the company prides itself on its global philosophy.
Waiakea Hawaiian Water was launched in 2012 by founder Ryan Emmons, after discovering how crisp and refreshing the water he was drinking in Hawaii could be. The water comes from an untapped source, southwest of Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The water is filtered through the Mauna Loa Volcano. The Waiakea water is made up of a mineral composition which is rich in electrolytes including sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. The water even has the perfect amount of silica. The water has a pH range between 7.8 and 8.8. Waiakea water is eco-friendly and a renewable resource that is outsourced from an aquifer and is bottled at a facility that only uses 33 percent renewable energy.
This incredibly healthy and pure water is one of the first bottled waters in the world to be certified by CarbonNeutral. The packaging is made with high-grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate. The manufacturing reduces carbon emissions by nearly 90 percent. Waiakea water joined up with Pump Aid, which is a non-profit which focuses on direct-to-community implementation of clean water supply, donating 650 liters of clean water to communities in rural Africa. The organization has given clean and pure water to more than 1.35 million people. Pump Aid has also setup more than 3,200 pumps.
Waiakea Hawaiian Water witnessed a 5,000% growth in only three years. The company recently launched a new manufacturing facility in Hawaii to keep up with international demand. Waiakea has gone from selling a few thousand cases to 120,000 cases a year. The bottled water has been made available to various store chains across the country, including Whole Foods and Wawa. Waiakea Water company is currently working on expanding globally.