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Sustainable, Ethical, Award-Winning: Waiakea Water

Sustainable, Ethical, Award-Winning: Waiakea Water

Founded in 2012, Waiakea Water’s mission is to produce healthy, Hawaiian volcanic water with as little impact as possible, while acting in a conservationist way. Waiakea also aims to provide and access to clean water and education for people across the world. While meeting these mission objectives, Waiakea has also been nominated as the best volcanic water brand in the entire world, by the website 10 Best Water. Waiakea’s water is young water, less than thirty day from capture to bottling, derived from the ice caps of Mauna Loa volcano and is passed through volcanic rock during the filtration process. This extra step infuses the water with minerals and alkaline creating a distinct, light, crisp flavor and taste.

Waiakea Hawaiian Bottled Water is roaring up the list of the fastest growing companies in America, breaking into the top 500 of Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies list. Founder and CEO of Waiakea, Ryan Emmons, is especially proud of this growth and recognition, because the company has also been able to meet its mission statement maintaining its moral and social responsibilities to their clients and the world at large. Waiakea is also driving sustainability within their product line, by using 100% recycled plastics for their bottles. They are also developing a fully biodegradable bottle for release in the near future; this bottle will reduce the end of life impact of their product.

Waiakea has partnered with Pump Aid to provide clean drinking water and educational services in Africa. By providing clean drinking water, Waiakea is helping Africans fight off malnutrition and water borne diseases that plague their natural supplies. Another benefit of this partnership is that African women are able to pursue other activities, such as education, because their entire day is not consumed with locating and carrying water back to the village. Waiakea is also active in the Hawaiian community, sponsoring music festivals, art shows, surfing competitions, and local grassroots fundraisers.

Hutchinson and His Company – WildArk

Hutchinson and His Company – WildArk

Mark Hutchinson founded WildArk, which is a business dedicated to saving the wild and all of the animals that need it to survive. His early childhood was rich with experiences of the wild. He grew up in, Australia, where he was lucky enough to ride horses, fly-fish, round up sheep, and even crawl into wombat holes. His adventurous nature led him to drive the length of Africa when he was just 19 years old. Then, at the age of 22 he developed a successful adventure company, by the name of UNTAMED. The name was changed to Avana and it was turned into a training and ecotourism business that he would later sell, only to eventually fail. In 2015 Hutch decided to quit the corporate world and return to what he loved, places that were wild. He wanted to inspire people to connect with nature and help preserve the ecosystems that have become so fragile. Learn more: https://ideamensch.com/mark-hutchinson/

 

Hutchinson believes people have lost their connection to the wild, but that it is still there to be rediscovered and enjoyed. He believes it could be as simple as planting a tree, bird watching, or being in the ocean that can inspire people to be outdoors more often. WildArks mission is to buy land and allow it to become wild again through rehabilitation. They would also like to provide a wildlife corridor with National Parks. Conservation of the oceans and land across the globe is their over-all concern. In 2016 Hutch earned his Master’s Degree in Conservation, and he hopes he can use it to help him communicate within the world of conservationism. In order to stay connected to nature while raising twin girls, Hutch surfs and swims in the ocean. His girls enjoy adventures in the bush of Sydney, Australia, where they can identify bird calls and observe the wild places. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/wildarkglobal/posts/538048479728461