How Waiakea Water is Leading the Bottled Water Revolution

Bottled water gets a bad rap. It’s been linked to pollution and creates a lot of waste. Consumers have been slowly turning towards tap water and reusable bottles instead of their plastic cousins as bans on bottled water spread.

But Waiakea Water may be changing that reputation. The company’s founder was profiled in a recent article in Forbes. Ryan Emmons was just 22 when he co-founded Wiakea Water, after noticing a gap in the bottled water market for a young, dynamic brand that’s also eco-conscious. The Perfect Reporter notes that Emmons was clearly onto something: consumers have responded and the company has grown by 400%. Big-name distributors like Whole Foods have also latched onto the brand. On the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the US, Waiakea Water comes in at number 414.

Waiakea Water is sourced from pure Hawaiian volcanic water that originates high on the peak of the Mauna Loa volcano. It passes through 14,000 feet of volcanic rock and collects nutrients like magnesium. The water is also rich in electrolytes and alkaline.

The company is the first “Charitable Water” of its kind. For every bottle sold, Waiakea Water donates 650ML of clean water is donated to communities in need. PumpAid, Waiakea’s local partner in Africa, has distributed over 500 million liters of water through this effort.

Waiakea is the first premium bottled water brand to use 100% RPET bottles and biodegradable bottles. RPET stands for Recycled Polyethylene Terephtalate, and reduces carbon emissions by over 90% during manufacturing when compared with regular bottles.

The brand has been featured on Good Morning America, in People Magazine, and has won several awards for taste, packaging, and sustainable business practices. Emmons tells The Perfect Reporter that he’s proud of what his brand has accomplished so far and keeps his eye on how Waiakea can continue to expand.

Learn more about Waiakea water here!