With so many water companies selling bottled water these days, it’s hard to distinguish which one is best. Who would have thought that bottling water would turn into a $100 billion industry. Paying for water used to be laughed at ages ago. It seems a bit odd to pay hard earned money for water you can get free inside your home. Times have changed, and unfiltered water can be damaging to ones health. Bottled water can now be enhanced with vitamins and minerals, making it a lot more healthy.

Waiakea Water is a bottled water company based out of Hawaii. The waters of Hawaii have been known to be the freshest and most natural in the world. The word Waiakea is Hawaiian for broad waters. Waiakea Water was created just six years ago in 2012. Their unique filtering process is what makes them stand out above the rest. Their water is volcanic water that is filtered through 14,000 fee of volcanic rock in the Mauna Loa volcano.

We all know by now that plastic bottles are harmful to our environment. More than 8 million tons of plastic every year are dumped into our oceans. Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and China are some of the biggest culprits responsible for 60% of the problem. In the United States, 50 billion water bottles made from plastic were used yearly. Only 23% of those water bottles were recycled.

By using only degradable water bottles, Waiakea Water is doing their part to save the environment. Waiakea Water is certified Carbon Neutral thanks to their low-emission vehicles used to transport their water bottles to businesses and grocery stores. They are also very charitable as 3% of their profits go to local community organizations. Each time a liter of Waiakea Water is sold, they donate a week’s worth of clean water to those suffering in Malawi.

This year they will be the only water company to use fully degradable bottles using 100% recyclable plastic. This is huge for the environment and bottled water industry. Regular plastic water bottles degrade over decades at a time. A Waiakea Water bottle will only take 15 years to break down. This new company is making headway with their technology and hopefully other water companies will follow suit. Waiakea Water was named one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies in the United States.