Waiakea continually strives to be socially and environmentally responsible. They have been given many awards for their accomplishments in this regard, including being the only North American company to ever get an award for being carbon neutral. Founder Ryan Emmons spent a lot of time in Hawaii in his youth and learned form the locals the importance of caring for the land. His company has helped with reforestation efforts, clean water access, and environmental education.
Waiakea has been a leader in providing clean water for many communities in Africa. For every liter of water they sell 650 liters get donated. In addition, Waiakea has joined forces with Pump Aid in establishing over 4,000 pumps. As a result the overall health and well being of those African residents have improved greatly. Waiakea also has sustainability in mind. By the end of this year the company plans to have biodegradable bottles. They implement practices that limit emissions and use recycled materials wherever possible.
Waiakea claims to have truly alkaline water, naturally. This is possible by the path that the water takes flowing down Mauna Loa’s volcanic rocks. The water comes from rain or from snow melting and travels fourteen kilometers to where Waiakea’s plant is placed. The water is extremely clean to begin with, since Mauna Loa is thousands of miles away from any air pollution, and pollution from the ground also isn’t possible. The volcanic rock not only helps filter the water but adds minerals to create a healthy, pure, and wonderfully tasting water for people worldwide to enjoy.