Drink Healthy, Drink Sustainably, and Drink Ethically with Waiakea Water

Waiakea is the first volcanic bottled water company from Hawaii. Their mission is captured in their slogan: “Drink Healthy, Drink Sustainably, Drink Ethically.” They have become known for their high quality, sustainably produced water and their efforts to distribute clean water to places in need. Waiakea water originates as rain and snow-melt at the top of the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. During its 14,000 foot descent to the bottom, the water is filtered through porous lava and naturally instilled with minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, giving it a slightly alkaline pH. Waiakea’s water is bottled in BPA free, recycled plastic which requires 85% less energy and 90% less water to produce compared to traditional water bottles, and reduces carbon emissions over 90.4%. Waiakea worked with The CarbonNeutral company and Ecometrica, companies which specialize in emission reduction, to reduce their environmental impact to net-zero.

Waiakea is known for their humanitarian efforts. They donate 650 liters of water to places in need for every liter sold, which is estimated to be 5% of the company’s revenue. Waiakea partnered with the company Pump Aid to help distribute clean water in rural parts of Africa. Through the partnership, Waiakea has helped to install 4,230 water pumps in the country of Malawi and provided 1.35 million people with clean drinking water and sanitation. Their efforts in Malawi have helped lower cases of malnutrition and disease. Waiakea hopes to expand their efforts to the arid sub-Saharan region.

Since their creation in 2012 by Ryan Emmons, Waiakea has seen rapid growth and gained worldwide acclaim. Bottle distribution increased from 2,304 cases to 122,400 cases in three and a half years and is available in national food chains such as Whole Foods. Between 2014 and 2016, the company saw growth of 1,059.3%. The recipient of numerous awards, Waiakea was the most awarded beverage in North America in 2015. Currently they are ranked 414 in the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America and will be honored at the 2017 Inc. 5000 conference for their sustainability and humanitarian achievements.