One of the most popular drinks in the world is bottled water, however many hate that the waste that the bottles generate and overall negatives surrounding the industry. Ryan Emmons, a California resident who had his family take him to Hawaii on vacation once a year, saw an opportunity in this and so founded Waiakea Water.
The company offers three socially conscious values to its customers; a water that is sustainably sourced, packaged responsibly with carbon dioxide neutral manufacturing, and a permanent initiative to give back by providing clean, fresh water to underprivileged communities in Africa.
Ryan Emmons founded his company just out of college, at the young age of 22 years old. His leadership has led the company to an annual growth rate of 170% and since being founded in 2012 has grown by 4000%. This huge increase has led the company’s products from being sold by local distributors and now by national chains such as Whole Foods.
According to Organic Authority, Waiakea water is sourced from the active volcano on The Big Island, Mauna Loa Volcano, out of which they source the water from Waiakea springs that the company has control over. As water seeps down through the volcano it increases in alkalinity and picks up a wealth of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, and electrolytes.
Emmons has partnered with a packaging facility in Long Beach California; carbon dioxide released while being shipped is more than made up for by the method of how they package the water. 100% of the bottles used are recycled materials and the cardboard holding the bottles is biodegradable. Learn more about Waiakea Water: http://www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/a32285/alkaline-water-health-benefits-claims/
Fulfilling the third leg of the company’s social conscious values, for every bottle that the company sells they donate 650 ml of clean, fresh water to a rural community in Africa. Specialty Food has it that Waiakea water has partnered with PumpAid which, since 1998, has been committed to changing people’s lives by increasing the quality and availability of water in Malawi, Africa and beyond.
Looking to the future Waiakea water has recently added a another manufacturing facility. They are also close to deals with other national chains in the US and looking to further expansion internationally.