Presently, global environmental issues are of great concern. Although there are many pollutants, plastics have been a menace for an extended period due to their slow degradation process. However, modern entrepreneurs like Ryan Emmons of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water are promising to tackle plastics innovatively. In fact, Waiakea Water will begin packaging its water using degradable plastics next year.
According to Emmons, the concept of degradable plastics is relatively new as many companies have only tried manufacturing biodegradable plastics. However, the production of biodegradable plastics is still a challenge, and many companies have been left with the option of using degradable plastics. As Waiakea adopts degradable packaging materials, the company is proud to announce that the new materials are 100 recyclable, and they fully degrade in 15 years, unlike traditional plastics which take over 15000 years to degrade fully.
Waiakea’s new packaging materials came to life after over five years and 1,200 experiments. The degradable plastics are achieved through using a TimePlast’s additive in the manufacturing process of plastics. The additive is one of a kind as it is the only patented additive that enables nano-degradation of plastics. Furthermore, the use of the additive is not costly for companies wishing to contribute to environmental conservation efforts. Emmons explains that during manufacturing, only one pound of the additive is required to manipulate over 1000 pounds of traditional plastics. He suggests that many companies in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry can afford to acquire the additive.
Did the company have any challenges in developing degradable plastics? Emmons explains that the primary problem arose in the optimization of the chemical processes; it requires a lot of skill to develop plastic materials that are degradable, yet they have all the qualities of a good water packaging material. Another challenge related to obtaining a first and only patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In the end, Waiakea Water emerged victoriously.