For a while, it had seemed like the age of the plastic water bottle was over forever. Studies have been released over the last decade or so informing the public about the negative impact that this industry has had on the environment. With 69 million bottles of water being consumed daily, our landfills are overflowing with plastic material.
In 2012, 22-year-old Ryan Emmons set out to change the bottled water industry with his product, Waiakea Water. Emmons had frequently spent his summers in Hawaii with his family and often visited the Waiakea Springs to drink the delicious water. Filtered through 14,000 feet of the active Mauna Loa volcano, the water picks up its unique taste and its incredible nutritional value from nutrients like silica, magnesium, sodium and calcium.
The water is also highly alkaline. With a pH level of 8.8, Waiakea water can balance the fluids in the body, alleviate symptoms related to digestive ailments and boost the immune system.
Additionally, the water is completely sustainable. Because the Waiakea area receives lots of rainfall, the water is totally replenished after only 30 days.
In order to create an environmentally-friendly company, Emmons decided to use recycled materials to create the bottles. Plus, he implemented a manufacturing process that uses 85 percent less energy than that of other popular bottled water companies. This process has been the first in the bottled beverage industry to become certified carbon neutral.
According to Global News Wire, Emmons also takes a charitable initiative with his company. For every 1 liter of Waiakea Water purchased by a consumer, charitable organization Pump Aid donates 650 liters of fresh drinking water to an African village in need. Through their combined efforts, more than 5 million liters of clean water have been donated.
Today, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is valued at over $10 million. In its first three years, the company grew over 4,000 percent. Currently, the product is sold in thousands of stores across the United States and the demand has become so high that Emmons is opening another manufacturing branch in Hawaii. By creating such a socially responsible company, Emmons has changed the bottled water industry forever.
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