Waiakea Water Shows Us How to Use Bottled Water Sustainably

You have to admire a company that takes a fundamental problem with its product and produces a solution that could make a monumental difference in the future of life on our planet. Our problem is that we use too much plastic in too many dispensable ways. One of most wasteful things that we do with plastic is that we use it to bottle water. One purchase leaves behind a plastic bottle that can exist for roughly 1,000 years. This year is hopefully when all of this changes. Waiakea Water has announced that they have developed the first ever fully degradable bottle. Their innovative bottle design will completely break down in 15 years. All of their bottles are 100 percent recyclable.

Waiakea Water is a wholesaler of volcanic water operating out of Hilo, Hawaii. The phrase “wai akea” means “broad waters” in Hawaiian. Their water is filtered through 14,000 feet of volcanic rock. Emerging at the eastern base of the Mauna Loa volcano, the water is rich in electrolytes, minerals, and naturally occurring alkaline. This water source is sustainable at a rate of 1.4 billion gallons of water a day and has been certified as carbon neutral. They use low-emission vehicles to deliver their products, and 3% of their profit goes to non-profit organizations and community programs. Additionally, they donate a substantial amount of water to impoverished areas in the African country of Malawi.

Here in the United States, it is estimated that we will use roughly 50 billion plastic water bottles this year. Last year only about 23 percent of all the plastic bottles used were actually recycled. This is not a sustainable future for any country’s waste management plans. Although a recent study revealed that about 60 percent of the plastic dumped in our oceans is coming from the South China Sea area, the fact that water bottles serve an obvious need and are here to stay is a challenge for the whole world. Waiakea Water is challenging the entire bottled water industry and sincerely hopes that they follow their example.