The questions and answers below will hopefuly answer some of the questions that you may have about the water bottling industry and VaiWai® more particularly. And please, do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information about VaiWai®.
VaiWai® is a key element of Pleass Global Limited (PGL) development on the international market. VaiWai® is PGL's response to some of the challenges faced by the bottling industry. We believe VaiWai's® packaging is among the best in the world of bottled water packaging - but recycling is still best.
VaiWai® is a combination of two words from the Pacific… "Vai" is a Polynesian word meaning water while "Wai" is the Fijian word for water too. To be pronounced "Vye Wye", where the 'ye' in each sounds like the 'hy' in "why". Check the pronunciation below. More information here: http://www.vaiwai.com/au/vaiwai-bottle/vaiwai.
There are brands that claim in various ways to be environmentally friendly. The understanding of sustainable and environmentally friendly varies from one person to another. We can confirm that VaiWai's® bottle and cap have been tested and have been found to biodegrade in particular conditions.*
VaiWai® bottle is made of polyethylene terephthalate, commonly known as PET.PET is recyclable but will not biodegrade. To allow biodegradability an additive has been added to the VaiWai® bottle material. This additive breaks down the molecular chain which makes it easier for bacteria to « eat and digest » the material. More information on our biodegradability page.
Yes, VaiWai® bottles are BPA free.
They are usually synthetic, most commonly derived from petrochemicals, but many are partially natural. Early plastics were bio-derived materials such as egg and blood proteins, which are organic polymers. The development of plastics has come from the use of natural plastic materials (e.g., chewing gum, shellac) to the use of chemically modified natural materials (e.g., rubber, nitrocellulose, collagen, galalite) and finally to completely synthetic molecules (e.g., bakelite, epoxy, polyvinyl chloride).
To biodegrade, plastics need to be « eaten » by microbes. The molecular chain of traditional plastics do not let microbes « eat » them. The additive used in VaiWai® bottles allows moisture to penetrate the plastic and to expand it in a way that allows then microbes to « eat » them. As a result of this, plastic breaks down in primary organic matter which shows up as methane, carbon dioxyde and humus. For a fact sheet on the science of this bidegradtion using this ingredient request it HERE
Cartons for goods are often discarded once they reach the sales points therefore we made sure that their overall ecological footprint is limited. VaiWai® bottles are packed in cartons made of 100% recycled cardboard which can also be recycled again.
VaiWai® is available in Australia in stores sharing our principles re organic, health, environment, etc. Once we have developed our presence in this country, we will move to other countries. We welcome feedback no matter where you are from.
Kila World refers to a 120 acres piece of land owned by Pleass Global Limited. On this land an eco-adventure park, an organic farm are already built. A state-of-the-art bottling factory, sustinable homes, and many other projects are yet to be developed there. In Fijian, Kila means « knowledge » and « wild », Kila World is a place combining economic activity and nature.
The land above VaiWai's® source has been certified organic by Australian Certified Organic (ACO). As per the Australian regulation, there is no such thing as certified organic water.
Is VaiWai® bottle recyclable ?
Yes. The beauty of VaiWai® bottle is that it is « recyclable » and with «enhanced biodegradability » which is extremely rare in the water bottling industry.
With 4 meters of rain water falling in average every year in Fiji, our aquifer receives more than enough water to replenish from one year to the other.
How is VaiWai® exported from Fiji ?
The most environmentally friendly way to export things from Fiji is sea shipping and that is how VaiWai® leaves the country. We did some calculations based on average carbon dioxide(CO2) emissions per mode of transport and found out that, for example, from a CO2 emissions perspective, it is better to ship from Fiji to Brisbane, Australia than to freight by road from anywhere located more than 660 km away from Brisbane.
How is VaiWai® processed from extraction to bottle ?
Have a look at the VaiWai® video to know everything about VaiWai's® production.
Yes, see it here. PGL is one of the leading companies in Fiji when it comes to environmental sustainability. We have developed a GreenPleass campaign aiming at reducing our overall ecological footprint and we are happy to share our experience with other companies who may want to learn from it.
PGL is listed company on the South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPSE). The two largest shareholders of Pleass Global Limited are Mr Warwick Pleass, the founder and Managing Director of the company, and Fiji National Provident Fund. Our shareholders include company staff, local and international investors, and corporate organisations.
Pleass Global Limited has diverse business activities including bottling water, import and distribution of food and beverage packing, eco tourism, organic horticulture and property development.
* VaiWai's®bottles and caps have been tested for biodegradability under ASTM D5511-11 which is an acceptable testing method for the biodegradability of plastics in accelerated digestion conditions under AS/NZS 14021:2000. ASTM D5511-11 is the standard test method for determining anaerobic biodegradation of plastic materials under high solids anaerobic digestion conditions. Or more simply put, a rare, optimum disposal environment that mimics much faster biodegradation than most landfills around the world. In optimum disposal conditions, VaiWai'® bottles and caps will biodegrade over time. 17% in just 9 months per independent tests. (TEST RESULTS) AS/NZS 14021:2000 is the Australian and New Zealand Standard for self-declared environment claims.
* The ASTM D5511-11 test mimics rare disposal environments and represents faster biodegradation than most landfills. In the right disposal conditions, VaiWai'® bottles and cap will biodegrade. (refer to test results) In landfills and other more common environments the rate of biodegradation is slower. Regardless of the rate of biodegradation, we strongly recommend recycling VaiWai'® bottles.