Wai `Ao Water: A new generation of recyclable packaging

Innovative bag-in-box packaging is 100 percent recyclable

Sponsored by Wai `Ao Water

You’ve probably heard of box wine, but have you ever heard of box water? Pacific Aqua Beverages is a local business that recently launched a line of sustainably packaged local water: Wai `Ao Water. As a new generation of recyclable packaging, Wai `Ao Water Water is responsibly drawn to maintain the viability of our island aquifers and is sustainably packaged in 100 percent recyclable materials to protect our environment.

‘Wai’ means water, ‘`Ao’ means cloud. There is a life cycle to water,” explains Amy Bender, the company’s vice president. “It gathers in the clouds, returns to the earth as rain, is filtered through the volcanic rock, and sustains us. We hope to pioneer a new way of consuming premium water.”

It’s shocking to think that a plastic bottle can take 450 years to decompose. Think of that bottle in the earth, or as microplastics in the ocean, for a full 14 generations in your family tree.

Wai `Ao Water is the first Hawaiian water offered in 5 Liter, 10 Liter and 15 Liter “bag-in-box” packaging. It uses over 90 percent less plastic than bottled water. The thin, minimalist liner inside is BPA-free and it’s recyclable. The cardboard box is even recyclable.

“There’s a term called ‘upcycling,’ Bender beings. “We are all stuck inside looking for projects right now. Try upcycling a Wai `Ao Water box.  Use the liner inside the box filled with soil to create a planter for food!”

We’ve all grabbed a 24-pack of bottled water to take to a soccer game, an office gathering, or the beach, and Bender says those are all missed opportunities to do the right thing.

“My child is required to bring a reusable water bottle to class. We all have a hydroflask, a mason jar, something we refill,” she explains. “Wai `Ao Water is a solution – transportable natural water with awesome pH that does not add to the plastic crisis.”

Buying Wai `Ao Water over bottled water is also an opportunity to support a local business and its employees. Now, more than ever, it’s important to support the local economy and stay healthy at the same time.

For more information: waiaowater.com, or on Facebook and Instagram: @waiaowater