Waiakea Water: A Successful Bottled Water Company

Waiakea is the first Hawaiian volcanic water brand. Founded in 2012, from 2014 to 2016, Waiakea has grown by the impressive 1,059.3%. Ryan Emmons, who is the founder and CEO of Waiakea is thrilled at the fact that they made it at the top of the 500 of Inc. 5000 list and that the company is proof of the fact that a business can be successful and still maintain its moral and social responsibilities towards the people and the planet.

The volcanic water of Waiakea comes from the top of Mauna Loa, the world’s most active volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. It starts on the top as rainwater, snow and condensed moisture from the arctic winds. The filtration process is long yet thorough. The liquid passes the volcanic rock, which acts as a natural filter and mineral enhancer. The result is a 7.8 – 8.8 PH alkaline water, containing natural elements like potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, and silica, all essential to human well being.

The founder of the company, Ryan Emmons, spent part of his youth in Hawaii and was inspired by the Hawaiian culture values of putting the land and people first. His family’s access to Mauna Loa volcano has given him the opportunity to create an ethical and healthy alternative to a massive water bottle industry. Along with the eco-friendly approach, with 33% of production using sustainable resources, Waiakea has also partnered with the Pump Aid, which provides water to 1,35 million people in the sub-Saharan areas of Africa. For every bottle of water sold, Waiakea donates 650 liters of clean water to areas, deprived of fresh drinking water. The company is sustainable and uses and donates less than 1% of the water available in its aquifer sources. The bottles of the company are completely biodegradable. Waiakea has a CarbonNeutral certification granted for its renewable practices and effort to minimize emissions.

Since it has been established, Waiakea has been globally acknowledged for its innovative approach to business. Waiakea is setting and will set in the future a high standard for water bottle businesses.

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