Founded in 2012 by a then 22 year old Ryan Emmons, Waiakea is a unique product as it is a Hawaiian brand of volcanic bottled water. Waiakea has grown to become one of the most influential companies in regards to sustainability and having a positive impact on the world. This company is rapidly growing in influence in the U.S. Having been ranked at 414 on Inc. 5000’s list, Waiakea water is reshaping the way water is gathered and distributed. The water itself is derived from the melting snow and rain atop the Mauna Loa volcano. The lava from the active volcano filters the cascading water and what results is alkaline water infused with minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. Not only does this create a form of water with health benefits, but water that tastes great too. Waiakea springs are certainly a unique and beautiful source form which the water is collected.
One of Waiakea’s main objectives is to provide the world with ethically sourced water. The company has proven to do so thus far, even having been awarded with a carbon neutral certification. To stay true to its mission of sustainability Waiakea plans on having a biodegradable water bottle by the end of 2017. It is apparent by now that this water company intends on having a significant impact on the way products are sourced, packaged, and sold throughout the world. Waiakea has even lent a hand to people in Africa who don’t have access to an abundance of clean water. By working alongside Pump Aid, Waiakea has been able to provide people in rural parts of Africa with clean drinking water as well as access to sanitation. Waiakea is donating 650 liters of water to people in Africa for every 1 liter sold.
Within a span of 5 years Waiakea has grown to become one of the most sustainable and influential companies in the world. Ryan Emmons’s vision has helped establish a new model, proving it’s possible to be a mass producer of water bottles and yet be eco-friendly. There’s no doubt that Waiakea will continue to develop and establish itself as a reputable and ethical company.