Ryan Emmons founded Waiakea Water in 2012, and the young entrepreneur is showing no signs of slowing down. While he was still in high school Emmons saw the opportunity to create a worthwhile business in the bottled water industry. Just one year after graduating, he started the company and he has taken Waiakea, which means ‘broad waters,’ to world abroad.
Being the next big bottled water tycoon isn’t something that most young people dream about, but Emmons isn’t like most young people. You see, he grew up spending his summers and winters in Hawaii on family vacations. He soon realized that the water that he was drinking during this time was the purest, most sustainable, and organically healthy sources of water on earth.
Mauna Loa volcano is that source and it’s just outside the small town of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. Noob Prenuer said that Waiakea Springs is water that is naturally rich in the following electrolytes: silica, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium.
The water also has a natural pH between 7.8 and 8.8, which makes it naturally alkaline water. It is also great for business that the water source has a daily recharge rate of 1.4 billion gallons of water a day. Just to give you an idea of how much water that is, this source could provide enough water in a month to meet the demands of the amount of water that is consumed in a year, globally.
Having a great product is just one component of running a profitable business. Although, it’s evident that Emmons has one of the best products around. He also incorporates sustainable business practices to boost profitability and global impact. Although, the fact that Waiakea ships from Hawaii to the U.S. seems like it would be a costly ordeal, Emmons found a way to make it work.
According to Gust, Waiakea water uses empty cargo vessels to ship products to the U.S. These are low emissions carriers that would be flying into the U.S. without any cargo. Emmons found a way to make great use of them. The efforts that Waiakea water has taken to reduce it’s carbon footprint on the planet has led to it becoming the first premium bottled water company to be certified carbon neutral. Their global initiative doesn’t end here.
Waiakea water has also joined forces with Pump Aid to deliver water to areas that don’t have access to clean, contaminant free water sources. So far they have shipped 500 million liters of water to those areas. Emmons and Waiakea are definitely shaping the future of the world in a powerful, yet gentle way.