Waiakea Water Gains Ground on Inc. 5000 List

Waiakea Hawaiian Bottled Water is now ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in the US. The company is ranked 414th in the 2017 Inc 5000 list, a status that puts it in the even more prestigious Inc. 500 list. The latter list includes big names such as Microsoft, Zappos, and GoPro, among others. Inc. 5000 will hold its annual conference on Oct. 10 in California in honor of these companies.

Every year, Inc. Magazine put together a list of the best performers, based on the last three years of operations. Between 2014 and 2016, Waiakea Water grew by 1,059.3 percent, a feat that has seen it beat thousands to be on this year’s list.

The founder, Ryan Emmons, was thrilled that his company made the list, saying that the recognition meant businesses could run successful ventures while still caring for the planet. The brand is the first of its kind in America to receive the Carbon Neutral certification, and whose bottles are 100 percent Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (RPET). To ensure sustainability of the business, the company has been partnering with local authorities in their reforestation and conservation efforts, a feat that has been lauded by environmentalists all over the country.

Waiakea Hawaiian Bottled Water is the brain-child of Emmons who founded the company in 2012. He was only 22 years old. He noted when his family was vacationing in Hawaii that the water there tasted better than most and it was in its purest form. He later went ahead to start this brand which has been growing by about 170 percent per year over the last three and a half years. The Waiakea springs water is sourced from the pristine snow peaks of Mauna Loa. As the rain water makes its way down the 14,000-feet volcanic rocks, it collects minerals that give it its unique alkaline taste. The calcium, magnesium, and potassium that it gathers along the way are a recipe for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

Waiakea partners with Pump Aid, a charity working towards the provision of clean drinking water to disadvantaged villages in Africa. To date, the partnership has lead to a donation of over 500 million liters of water.

3 Destinations for the Eco Conscious Traveler

One of the greatest pleasures in life is the magnetism of discovery in travel. While there are still locales teeming with biodiversity and heterogeneous ecosystems, many of them are under threat of introduced species, human population impact, and climate change.

Here are a few eco-tourism destinations to add to any conscious traveler’s list: Learn more: http://wildark.com/travel/

 

Costa Rica is country that boasts an enormous ecosystem and abundant biodiversity, and has been one of the front runners in eco tourism since the 1990’s. Costa Rica comprises 5% of the earth’s biodiversity, and has plenty of activities to explore the 29 national parks, 19 wildlife refuges, and 8 biological reserves. Beautiful, unique tours encompass a wide range of activities including bird watching, hiking pristine landscapes, rafting, and learning about the endemic flora and fauna of the region.

 

90% of Madagascar’s animal species are not found anywhere else on the planet. Impressive Baobabs, abundant coastlines, and diverse forests make this a distinctive travel destination that is becoming an increasingly more eco-conscious country. Many travel programs directly fund conservation programs that support 11 national parks and nature reserves that serve as home to hosts of endemic animal and endangered lemur species.

 

South Africa is becoming a global leader in eco tourism by investing in the green economy and creating opportunities for independent eco tourism strategies to flourish with incentives and volunteer programs. South Africa houses a number of biodiversity hotspots such as the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo. There are several distinct ecosystems which are abundant with reserves and natural wilderness territories to see the “Big Five”, varied species of smaller endemic animals, explore wetland habitats, and expansive marine ecosystems. Learn more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/03/25/the-last-21-km-of-fenceline-between-david-pocock-and-his-wildest_a_21884731/

 

WildArk is a organization that connects concerned and passionate travelers, conservationists, scientists, and naturalists. WildArk’s goal is to enable travelers to discover and experience the beauty of wild places with minimal environmental impact. Their mission is to preserve and protect biodiversity with informative guides and tours, conservation initiatives, and research, while educate the traveler about environmental issues and the destination’s sustainability.

Traveling with WildArk is way for adventurer-goers to explore treasured natural regions of the globe, reconnect with nature, help empower local cultures and communities, and help safeguard the environment for the future.