There’s a huge discussion about what’s healthy and what’s not. Health, these days, doesn’t just refer to what’s healthy for people to eat and drink. Health also refers to what’s healthy for the planet. Bottled water is mostly healthy, but there’s one huge problem with bottled water.
Every bottled water company uses plastic bottles to package their product. Plastic is one of the most hazardous materials to the environment. Despite that huge downside to plastic, bottled water companies continue using the hazardous material. The bottled water industry is a $100 billion industry, selling millions of bottles all over the world.
All that plastic is recyclable and degradable. The problem is that no one is recycling plastic; they’re just throwing it away. Although plastic is degradable; it takes 1,000 years for it to fully degrade. That means all that plastic will be around long after the person who throws it away is dead and gone.
There are many ways to solve the plastic crisis, but no one is really looking into them. Everyone is focused on correcting the issue for future generations, but they’re not paying attention to current solutions. If there was a different type of plastic, the problem wouldn’t be so out of control.
Over the last few years, Waiakea Water has been developing a plastic bottle that’s completely degradable in an acceptable time frame. While other plastics take 1,000 years to degrade, their new plastic only takes 15 years. As of this year, they’ve switched all of their bottled water products to this new type of plastic.
They’ve also added some philanthropic efforts onto their sales. For every liter of water they sell, they donate 650 gallons of water to underdeveloped villages in Africa. So far, they’ve provided water to over one million people.
Waiakea Water introduced this program as a way to promote their product and philanthropy. As more people switch to drinking Waiakea Water, they’re hoping to continue donating hundreds of millions more.