The problem with plastics has been long known regarding their inability to be broken down or be degradable, and until now there has never been a solution. There is a new company that has changed all that. Waiakea Water introduces the world’s first degradable plastic bottle and plans on rolling out this new technology in the next year.
The bottle will not only be degradable but will also be recyclable as well. The company has solved the problem of plastics that have been notoriously known for lasting for thousands of years after their production, making a huge impact on the environment and our landfills. A traditional plastic bottle has an average lifespan of 1,500 years without breaking down. Waiakea Water has created a plastic bottle with a reduction in this lifespan of plastics by 98%, which means the bottle has an average lifespan of around 15 years before it breaks down.
This is a huge success, and while Waiakea has been the first to develop this new technology, it also means that the entire CPG industry can benefit from it as well.
The company uses an additive called TimePlast which makes the bottles degradable. It took five years and 1,200 experiments to create this new material to have the same qualities as traditional plastics, meaning its durability and ability to be recycled, but with the added benefit of being degradable as well.
Another challenge that the company has overcome is obtaining the world’s first and sole patent on the degradation of plastic. This is something they say that not even the largest petrochemical companies have been able to do.
Waiakea Water is a bottled water company that produces the Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water. Its co-founder and CEO Ryan Emmons founded the company in 2012 when he was just 22 years old. He wanted to create a product and company that was sustainable, healthy, and environmentally friendly and he has accomplished all three objectives.
The company has made massive gains, growing by about 4,000% in only 3 years. Emmons saw a gap in the industry that he wanted to fill and that was to create a company that was socially conscious. With gains of 170% annual the company’s value stands at about $10 million dollars.
The water is taken from the source and is rich in many minerals including, magnesium, potassium, and calcium and it is also alkaline, which is a huge benefit for those who are health conscious. The water passes through 14,000 feet of volcanic rock and it comes from one of the purest sources on Earth.