Waiakea Water is a volcanic water company from Hawaii. The initiated efforts in 2012 and became the first volcanic Hawaiian water company. There are a number of differences with Waiakea Water versus regular bottled water. Waiakea bottled water has a pH of 8.8, which is an alkaline pH. Waiakea Water has been sourcing their water sustainable from a Kea’au aquifer located in Hawaii. Waiakea Water stated that once they sell a liter of water, they also donate a weeks worth of Pump Aid to those who are in need of assistance. They believe in maintaining and creating clean water for the world’s population, as well as preserving the natural resources available to us.
Waiakea Water has states their water comes from melted snow and rain that forms on the snowcapped peak at the Mauna Loa Mountains. The water is then purified and filtered by porous lava rock. The volcano and mountains are secluded from pollutions and contaminants. The environment is said to create a bio-diverse preserve of natural forest land in order to maintain the eco system in the area of water collection.
Waiakea has made many efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and create sustainably sourced water for the future of our ecosystem. Waiakea announced fully degradable bottles in 2017. They have stated efforts to instate this change will take place within a year. The quality of sustainability is important to Waiakea Water, and fuels more positive ripple efforts in the community. It is important to be conscious of the amount of plastic used on an everyday basis.
Waiakea Water is a partner of TimePlast, which is the only patented additive that makes plastic water bottles nano-degradable. This partnership is strategic and benefits both parties in order to provide sustainably sourced water in degradable bottles. The efforts of both companies need to be aligned in order to create a joint operation of providing quality water in safe and effective degradable packaging. Waiakea’s water bottles are said to degrade 97 times faster compared to regular single-use plastic water bottles.
CEO and founder of makeup company LimeCrime and fashion brand Poppy Angeloff, Doe Deere was actually born Xenia Vorotova in Izhevsk, Russia. After emigrating to the US with her mother and sister at the age of 17, she found herself in New York City, where life was more challenging than she imagined.
Throughout her life she idealized the US, considering it to be a place of great opportunity. But after arriving, the realities of living in a new country harshly set in. Her mother, who had been an accomplished accountant in Russia, was unable to get such work in the US since it took so long for her credentials to be sent. In the meantime, she did domestic work while Deere and her sister worked hard to sustain the family financially. But unfortunately, they had to ultimately move into a homeless shelter. Yet here they had access to important resources which helped them get their lives back on track. They learned about a non-profit called Sanctuary for Immigrants, led by Dorchen Leidholdt. Described by Deere as “a lawyer, feminist, and all-around inspiring woman,” she helped the family move into an apartment. Although it was in a rough neighborhood, they had their own space with a kitchen and separate rooms for Deere and her sister. Leidholdt also helped the family in other ways. Deere’s mother was able to get a job as an accountant, her sister got into Columbia University, and Deere got into the Fashion Institute of Technology through her efforts.
Afterwards, Deere became a serial entrepreneur creating brands like LimeCrime and Poppy Angeloff. LimeCrime is currently in its 10th year. It has various lines of makeup, lipstick, and other beauty products, often featured in bright colors. They have the distinction of selling products that aren’t tested on animals and are also vegan, meaning that they don’t include animal ingredients or by-products like beeswax, carmine, or other compounds. Poppy Angeloff is Deere’s new jewelry brand, that includes Victorian-inspired jewelry and carries the Victoria theme into its Pansy logo. With Poppy Angeloff, Deere plans to sell heirloom jewelry at affordable prices.
Robert Deignan is a co-founder and the current CEO of ATS Digital Services, a technology solution providing company that has been in operation for more than ten years with experience in the security software market. Robert Deignan was born in Fort Lauderdale and is an alumnus of St. Thomas Aquinas from which he earned a full sponsorship to join the Purdue University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership in 1995. He started his first business, Fanlink, inc. in 1998 after the 1997 and 1998 stint between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. Mr. Deignan loves sports, and he is an active participant in offshore fishing events besides his role in ATS Digital.
After gaining experience working in a software company, Robert Deignan and his partners had faced challenges in the installation of the anti-malware software to the client’s machines. He later decided to create a trial software with his partners that gave the users a fifteen-day trial period after which they can purchase it. In 2009, Robert Deignan discovered that some malware products blocked the installation of their products and that is when they started a technical support team that will help the users in the installation of the product.
Robert Deignan believes that a maintain healthy relationship with your technology is critical in the success of a business. He offered the three key points that help in improving the link, the first thing that he pointed out is that from a recent research UC Irvine, it was found that multiple screens can distract a person and reduce concentration and productivity. He states that a person should dedicate the relationship to technology and not having the technology committed. The second main point that Robert Deignan said is that the use of technology changes our line of thinking and the most important thing is to know how to diversify tasks daily instead of using the devices all day. He encourages reading books to be able to improve your imagination. Robert Deignan stated that the design of technology is to addict the user so that the developer can earn.