Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is planning to take on a new root next year. The company will be implementing a newly innovated plastic bottle that that is degradable. The packaging that the company wills us has a reduced lifespan by 98%. The brand says that the innovation will change the scientific approach to packaging and has the potential to transform CPG entirely.
The plastic package is also reusable. It is made using a plastic additive called the Timeplast. Timeplast is the only patented type of addition to the plastic material that is nano-degradable. The lifespan of the plastic is now reduced to around fifteen years from a long lifespan of normal plastic that is one thousand five hundred years. Waiakea industries will become the first to apply the nano-degradable bottles.
Research shows that the plastic has the same strength properties that a normal plastic has. Ryan Emmons who is the founder of Waiakea water says that the plastic was never invented because of probably two scientific reasons. The first is that most of the scientific research was directed towards the improvement of the qualities of the material regarding strength. It took them around seventy years. The second main reason is that most of the scientific research on the ways to make plastic degradable were focused on making it biodegradable. For many years, scientists have been working out on bioplastic but with failure.
Recently, Waiakea scientists took a different route in approaching degradation of plastics. Emmons says that they had to decide on the degradation of plastic chemically. The plastic material is first chemically degraded to make it degrade at a fast rate in nature. The plastic is not made biodegradable but rather converted into a carbon wax substance.
Timeplast additive reduces the degradation period by creating less complicated links of molecules in the plastic material. The re-engineered plastic is in the end weakened and thus has a shorter degradation period. To come up with the degradable plastic, it took five years and involved approximately twelve hundred experiments. The most significant challenge on how to create a package that would have the same strength as the original plastic but still be degradable.