On average, the people of the world spend $100 billion on bottled water. It is a bit of a strange industry where just a couple decades ago, the idea of selling bottled water would have sounded preposterous—as if someone today suggested selling air. Oh wait, they have. Water is a natural resource that is in abundance in most places across the world, but many areas are experiencing water crises, be it a lack of water entirely or a lack of drinkable water. Thankfully, companies like Waiakea Water are attempting to remedy that.
Still, the major consumers of bottled water are not the ones suffering the most. Most of the countries that buy the greatest amount of bottled water actually have clean tap water, so they could really be drinking it straight from the tap. But bottled water is more about convenience in these places. Unfortunately, after the water is drank from the bottle, you still have the bottle left. This is where most bottled water companies are doing more damage than good. Their water is being enjoyed by the consumers, but the plastic bottles are left behind to hurt the environment.
Most people would not come close in estimating how long it takes for a plastic bottle to degrade in the environment. Want to take your best guess? The answer is that it takes approximately one thousand years for a plastic water bottle to decompose if not recycled. In addition, research shows that 90 percent of plastic water bottles are not recycled.
The oceans often act as the discarding zone for plastic materials. Every single year, eight million metric tons of plastic enters into our oceans. Thoughtless people are destroying the environment without any thought for our future or the future of the living creatures that call the ocean their home. And plastic water bottles that stick around for a thousand years are a big culprit in hurting our world around us.
How Do We Fix the Problem?
With a million bottles of water being bought every minute around the world, our plastic epidemic is not going to end anytime soon. In fact, the bottled water industry is expected to keep growing and will increase their sales by 20 percent in another few years. People aren’t going to stop purchasing bottled water in the near future, and the million tons of plastic is not going to just up and disappear. But there is a solution to this problem.
Waiakea Water (who we’ve written about before) might have solved the immense problem of plastic pollution. The Hawaii-based company has their own bottled water that they sell across the globe. Many people love the taste of the water and the health benefits it can bring with the high alkaline level that can help out with acid reflux and heartburn. But perhaps the best part about Waiakea Water is their commitment to the environment.
Waiakea Water was founded in 2012 and became the only Hawaiian volcanic bottled water company. In addition, their plastic bottles that they use take 85 percent less energy to manufacture. Plus, it uses 90 percent less water to create the bottle as well. People do not realize that it takes sometimes six times as much water to create the bottle as the bottle actually holds. It seems a bit counterproductive. In any case, creating normal plastic bottles takes quite a bit of energy and hurts the environment just during the manufacturing.
How Do They Do It?
The plastic bottle that Waiakea water has created is where the biggest difference is noticeable. Their plastic water bottle degrades 97 percent quicker than other plastic bottles. That means it breaks down in about 15 years now instead of littering the environment for a thousand. Plus, their stylish bottle does not appear any different than other water bottles. Those millions of tons of plastic could be a thing of the past if other companies start to use their technology.
The secret is the TimePlast nano-additive that they combine in with their plastic bottle manufacturing. Ryan Emmons, founder and CEO of Waiakea Water, knows the effects plastic has on the environment. “Ordinarily, plastic will take more than a millennium to naturally biodegrade, hence its poor reputation as having a large ecological footprint. However, with TimePlast, we are able to accelerate the degradation process significantly, turning the plastic’s lifespan from 1,500-years to a reasonable 15-years,” Emmons said.
Waiakea set about making their product different from the rest, and this included its care for the environment. This is just one of the reasons they have partnered up with TimePlast. The creator of the nano-additive, Manuel Rendon, was out to solve the world’s plastic problem. It was not an easy task. “It took us five years and over 1,200 experiments in order for the end polymer chain to maintain every single variable quality that regular plastic has,” said Rendon.
Hopefully, we will all be able to look back five years from now and see how the evolution of plastic all started with Waiakea Water. If companies that use plastic in products that aren’t meant to be around forever start to switch over to using the revolutionary technology of TimePlast, this could be a whole different world. Just one pound of the nano-additive can safely alter one thousand pounds of plastic.
The sky is the limit for Waiakea Water. A bottled water company that puts the environment first is a rare thing. This is just one of the reasons why their company is growing by leaps and bounds. If you drink bottled water and are a socially conscious person, Waiakea should be your only choice. Any other bottled water can greatly damage the environment and the living creatures in it through the damaging plastic it leaves behind.