Bugs! They are everywhere, and so, so annoying! While sun protection is an obvious factor of the summer, so is protecting your skin from bug bites–some of which can be harmful, like ticks and certain mosquitos! That’s why I was so psyched to learn more about […]
Some of my favorite memories from childhood come from sleep-away camp. I fondly remember leaving Brooklyn, discovering a new sense of freedom where I made incredible friendships, learned to swim and picked up a few new skills (juggler for hire, anyone?!). Sadly that time came […]
There has a lot been said about alkaline water and how it’s less acidic than tap water. But now we’ve been hearing about artificially and naturally alkaline water and have been confused by the differences and benefits for the body. To help us out, we interviewed Ryan Emmons, founder of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water to learn more about this topic. Read on to learn more about his company and to better understand the differences.
Interview with Ryan Emmons on Artificially and Naturally Alkaline Water
Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water come about?
Ryan Emmons: I grew up in California and Hawaii, spending all of my winters and summers there with my Hawaiian family. During that time, I gained an incredible appreciation for the environment and the active, nature-filled lifestyle that’s unique to these places. That, coupled with a history of involvement with clean water, education, and conservation NGO’s led me to try to begin developing the concept for Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water after I realized there was a dire need for a lifestyle brand that could create positive industry and social change.
I went to the Marshall School of Business at USC because it had the number one undergrad Entrepreneur Program in the country (the LLoyd Greif Program for Entrepreneurial Studies), and started developing the concept, feasibility, and business plan over the next few years before graduating early and launching it full time.
Wellness Patterns: What are the differences between artificially and naturally alkaline waters? When measuring alkalinity, an alkaline pH can be the result of natural or unnatural conditions in the water.
Ryan Emmons: Naturally alkaline water has a chemical makeup that is vastly different from artificially alkaline water. A naturally alkaline water’s pH corresponds with the amount of minerals present in the water — the higher the mineral content, the higher the pH. On the other hand, artificially alkaline water has undergone a process they call ionization, or “electrolysis”, that gives the water a certain pH, but rarely possesses the minerals found in naturally alkaline waters.
At the end of the day, more research needs to be done on high pH waters. The health benefits are uncertain as there is very little research to prove that a high pH can have any effect on our bodies — our stomachs need to be acidic to digest food and our bodies have powerful mechanisms to balance our internal pH, whether it’s in the blood, digestive tract, or internal organs. What we do know is that healthful minerals found in naturally alkaline waters, such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium, are bioavailable in water and have many FDA-approved health benefits.
Remember, I’m not a dietician or doctor, nor am I offering any medical advice. There’s just a lot of conflicting information floating around out there and this topic will only be settled once conclusive studies have been published. But as Dr. Mercola says in one of his publications on alkaline water, the value of alkaline water has much more to do than pH alone. And that’s really the difference between artificial and naturally alkaline water.
Wellness Patterns: How is the water sourced?
Ryan Emmons: 2,400 miles from the nearest industrial landmass and surrounded by 10 million square miles of ocean, Waiākea is completely isolated from the rest of the world, originating in Hawai’i through both snowmelt and rain on the pristine snowcapped peak of the active Mauna Loa volcano, one of the purest environments on Earth. Waiākea is then filtered through thousands of feet of porous lava rock before re-emerging at its source, a deep volcanic well, located at the eastern base of the Mauna Loa volcano in a secluded area surrounded by rich and bio-diverse forest preserves.
Wellness Patterns: What differences will a consumer notice in drinking your water?
Ryan Emmons: Waiakea has a smooth mouthfeel and a very subtle hit of sweet (that’s from the silica!).
Wellness Patterns: What are some of your plans for the future?
Ryan Emmons: As a company, we’re always evolving. Some of the most exciting endeavors on the docket
involve furthering our commitment to sustainability and ethics.
For example, in the next year, Waiakea will be the first premium-bottled water to biodegrade in anaerobic and aerobic environments—yes, that means that all our bottles will be biodegradable, even in landfill or ocean environments.
Additionally, we’re expanding charitable partnerships beyond our long-standing relationship with Pump Aid, to include local nonprofits on the Big Island, and more specifically Hilo.
Furthermore, Waiakea is expanding their partnerships with local nonprofits in conservation and education on the Big Island, and will be making some pretty significant announcements of our new community programs.
There are so many exciting things going on in the wellness community that it can be hard to be on top of everything. One way to meet brands that are doing their part to make a difference is at the upcoming Green Festival Expo in NYC. As […]
Ready for a challenge for 2017? Oh, we’ve sure got one for you with Under Armour Mountain Running Series! In partnership with POWDR Adventure Lifestyle CO, the UA Mountain Running Series kicks off in July at Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor, the largest ski area in the Cascade Mountains […]
Did you know that 10 million plus tons of textiles, like clothes, bedding, towels, etc, end up in landfills each year?! While that is shocking, there are a lot of companies out there that are doing their part to change the way we consume like Enter Coyuchi, a pioneer of organic cotton linens, and their program ‘Coyuchi For Life,’ a service where users can subscribe to organic bed and bath linens in six, 12, or 24-month increments. When the subscription period is up, customers send back used linens to be recycled or renewed, and receive a new set. A refreshing, environmentally-friendly option, the service can benefit customers and the planet with less waste and the use of GOTS-certified sheets, duvets, and towels are made from natural and organic fibers, free of the toxic dyes, bleaches, and finishes used in conventional textiles. to learn more about the service and how it works, we spoke with Eileen Mockus, CEO of Coyuchi. Read on to learn more about how this service is major game changer in the textiles industry.
New Subscription Service for Environmentally Sustainable Linens
Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for Coyuchi for Life come about?
Eileen Mockus: With over 10M tons of textiles ending up in landfills each year, Coyuchi wanted to create a solution that would help customers reduce their impact on the enviornment that also works with their busy lives.
Wellness Patterns: How does the service work?
Eileen Mockus: Coyuchi for Life is a new, first-of-its-kind subscription program designed to allow shoppers to get new towels, sheets and duvet covers every 6, 12 or 24 months, and send back their old ones to Coyuchi to be renewed, upcycled or recycled instead of ending up in a landfill. A handy return prepaid label makes the return process a breeze.
Wellness Patterns: What are the benefits of using a service like?
Eileen Mockus: The service allows consumers to subscribe to sustainability and change their sheets for good.
Wellness Patterns: What happens to the linens when you are done with them?
Eileen Mockus: The Coyuchi for Life products will not be sent back to the same owner; they will be sold back as renewed by Coyuchi or other partners like The Renewal Workshop.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.coyuchi.com/subscribe
A few weeks ago I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon, a race I never thought that I would ever do. And yet I did and had an incredible experience facing something that I thought was out of my reach. But it didn’t happen overnight. Over the […]
What better way to channel your inner zen than amongst thousands of other New Yorkers at the center of the city? Well you can do just that on June 21st for the annual Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga event where you can enjoy free yoga […]
One of the easiest steps that anyone can take to become a greener consumer is to seek out green companies. And thankfully there are more options out there these days that have even hit mainstream stories, making it even easier to shop ethically. One of our favorites is ECOS, a company that makes all of their products with plant-derived cleaning agents! Started in 1967 with a singular mission: to make affordable environmentally-friendly cleaning products that would not only tackle life’s dirtiest jobs but also protect the planet’s precious resources in the process. Amazing, right!
Today, they continue to adhere to these values and now offer more than 200 environmentally friendly products. We are huge fans and recently had the chance to try out some household staples, like the ECOS Hand Soap, ECOS All Purpose Cleaner and ECOS Dishmate that we use on the daily. Not only do these products effectively clean up all of the grit and grime from life, they do so without any yucky add-ons. You can opt for a mild scent (we are digging the citrus/green combo of the lemongrass), or opt for an equally powerful collection of products from their free and clear range.
Additionally, all of their products are mode in the U.S. at one of four manufacturing facilities that are carbon neutral, water neutral and Zero Waste Platinum certified, saving over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually and diverting over 95% of all waste from landfills. To learn more about this company, we had the chance to speak with Jenna Arkin, Earth Friendly Products’ Product Development Director. Read on to check out even more about ECOS and why they are one of our favorites.
Interview with ECOS
Wellness Patterns: Can you tell us what it means to produce products in a carbon neutral, water neutral facility?
Jenna Arkin: We power our sustainable manufacturing plants with 100% renewable energy, including solar panels at each facility. Since we became carbon neutral in 2013, we’ve saved over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxane annually. That’s the equivalent of removing 5,089 passenger vehicles from the road each year! Water neutrality is a measure of “zero net water usage.” We achieved this by significantly reduced our water use and by supporting programs that restore water to critically depleted ecosystems.
Wellness Patterns: What does it mean to be zero waste platinum certified?
Jenna Arkin: Zero Waste Platinum certification means that we divert over 95% of our waste from landfills and incineration.
Wellness Patterns: How do you save waste from going into landfills?
Jenna Arkin: We provide extensive training to our employees to help them minimize waste in their daily activities through reducing, reusing, recycling, and most importantly, rethinking ways to prevent waste. Our vendors are a critical part of our Zero Waste success, as we work closely with them to minimize the packaging they send to your facilities and ensure that materials are recyclable.
Wellness Patterns: What are some of your innovations for 2017 and best sellers?
Jenna Arkin: Our long time best seller is our ECOS hypoallergenic Laundry detergent. Just this past year, we have added a new enzyme formula that has added stain removal power, available in two new signature scents – Fresh Geranium and Honeydew.
We are also excited to unveil our newly rebranded “ECOS for Pets!” line of products, wth stain and odor removers and grooming solutions for all of our furry & feathered friends. All of our pet products have been formulated using “Human” personal care and cleaning standards, ensuring that only the safest products come into contact with pets. Our new Peppermint Hypoallergenic Grooming Shampoo is also the first ever Safer Choice certified pet product on the market! This means that the formula has been vetted by the us EPA to contain only the safest ingredients in class.
Wellness Patterns: How did the company start?
Jenna Arkin: Our company was founded in 1967 by a man that embodies the ideal of the American Dream. Van Vlahakis came to our country from Greece with $22 in his pocket and put himself through a rigourous college education in Chemistry. He founded our company in his garage with the mission of providing safer, greener cleaners at a time when no one yet understood the dangers of toxic chemicals in cleaning products. Today we continue to be inspired by Van’s pioneering and innovative spirit, and we’re proud to provide environmentally friendly cleaners that work great at a much lower price than other green cleaners. This year we’re celebrating 50 years of green cleaning!
Wellness Patterns: What are some of your goals for the future of the company?
Jenna Arkin: We’re going to continue to innovate and be at the cutting edge of green chemistry! We’ll also continue to work with local and federal legislators to lobby for safer chemical policies and ingredient transparency to protect American consumers. Most importantly, we’ll continue to grow and provide green jobs in the four local communities in the U.S. where we manufacture our products.
To learn more about ECOS, please visit: http://ecos.com
International Yoga Day 2017 is quickly approaching! And to celebrate, the Consulate General of India, in collaboration with New York City Public Advocate’s Office and the Parks Department, are presenting a celebration of mindfulness with 30-minute yoga and meditation sessions. Led by such organizations as Hindu Temple of […]