The Hawaii-based water company started a few years ago, in 2012. Since then, the company has seen over 5000 percent of growth. In just one year, the bottled water brand had managed to get its product in over 2000 stores in the U.S.
The founder of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water, Ryan Emmons, founded the company on a triple bottom line platform. His platform focused on providing a healthy, sustainable, and charitable initiative. To meet its ever-growing demand, Waiakea Volcanic Water recently launched a new manufacturing facility in Hawaii.
Ryan often talked about how much he loved the fact that his company is partnered with Pump Aid. For every liter of Waiakea bottled water sold, Pump Aid donates 650 liters of clean water to the underserved communities of Africa. When Waiakea first started, it was only selling a few thousand cases a year.
Since experiencing massive growth, the company is now selling over 120 thousand cases a year. According to PR News Wire, that means that Waiakea water has donated over 500 million liters of clean water to African communities. Ryan hopes that the charitable aspect of Waiakea will persuade consumers to “drink more ethically.”
Waiakea’s water is very different from other so-called “pure water” brands. Other brands use artificially filtered water that has to have nutrients add in afterward. Waiakea’s water comes from a special Waiakea spring.
Forbes reported that Waiakea bottled water comes from Hawaiian rainfall and snowmelt. It’s then filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic earth before spurting out of springs all over the island. The water is bottled at the source to ensure purity. No additives or artificial vitamins are added to the water.
The water is naturally mineral-rich. The volcanic earth that filters the water adds all the nutrients one could hope for. This naturally enriching process is what makes Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water so deliciously beneficial.
On average, the company has seen an estimated 170 percent growth every year. What started out as a small operation is now a company valued at more than $10 million. Currently, the bottled water is only available at premier chains in America, and some other first-world countries. The primary hope is to expand domestically and internationally further.
Waiakea Water is eco-friendly from start to finish. Even its water bottles take the environment into consideration. It was one of the first bottled water companies to be certified CarbonNeutral. Its bottles are made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate.
Unlike the plastic bottles other companies use, Waiakea water bottles use a fraction of the energy to produce its bottles. Waiakea uses 85 percent less energy, which means that its carbon footprint is reduced by more than 90 percent.