Waiakea water is an up-and-coming water company based out of Hawaii. Their Hawaii volcanic water is filtered through volcanic rock and has a natural Waiakea water pH of between 7.8 and 8.8, making it alkalized. The water comes from the melting of snow and rain on the Mauna Loa mountain in Hawaii. Founded by Ryan Emmons, age 22, in 2012, Waiakea has grown 4,000 percent since its inception. According to Ryan, everyone who is in the bottled water industry is over the age of 50.
Waiakea volcanic water benefits from a 1.4 billion gallon aquifer, so there is plenty of water to go around the world. The interesting thing about Waiakea’s Hawaii volcanic water is that their plant uses 33% renewable energy in the creation of the water. On top of that, their bottles are compostable, which is the first bottled water company to ever do this. They are now one of Inc. 500’s top fastest growing companies in the USA.
In a world where a lot of bottled water distributors have bottles which are strewn about and thrown away improperly, America is surprisingly not the leader in wasted plastic bottles. Yet the label of being “Made in Hawaii” seems to be a beacon in the spread of eco-friendly bottled water across the world for this industry.
The main polluters of dumping plastic in oceans are China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Every year, over 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans. In America, 50 billion bottles of water were used last year. As a whole, water is a 100 billion dollar industry where the leading consumers are Italians. Waiakea water is donating 650 liters of water to Malawians (in Africa) through a charity called “Pump Aid”. To date, Pump Aid has given away 500 million liters of water to people in need.