Water is life. Water serves numerous purposes; for animal, plant & human life, our health, energy, food production, socio-economic development, aquatic life, and more. Our planet is running out of drinking water. According to National Geographic, over 70% of the earth is covered in water but less than 0.4% is accessible for drinking. Water scarcity and contamination are at a crisis point in many parts of the world. In a world-first, Australia’s Aqua Botanical have created a pure plant-based drinking water. This new water source is made 100% from pure and clean water that is naturally found in fruit and vegetables. The award-winning process involves capturing the evaporative condensate that occurs during the juice concentrate or sugar-making process and cleverly purifying it to make clean and sustainable drinking or ingredient water.
The globally patented technology and equipment used by parent company Botanical Water Technologies Ltd, Co-founded by Terry Paule, can now offer the world up to 3 trillion liters of a new sustainable water source. Terry Paule is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Findex, Founder of My Co, makers of Australias’ market-leading plant-based Biocheese, and previously Co-Founder of Mediterranean Lifestyle pioneer brand Lemnos. He is an impact investor with a mission to leave the world a better place than he found it. Aqua Botanical water was first invented by Dr. Bruce Kambouris, with whom he came to partner in order to create what some consider to be one of the best inventions of the 21st century.
The UN predicts that over 40% of the world’s population will live in severely water-stressed river basins by 2050. This is the result of increasing demand, reduction of water resources, and increasing pollution of water, driven by dramatic population and economic growth. Paule has pointed out how the sugar cane and juice concentrate industries have the potential to produce billions of liters of water yearly of a new water source in places where water scarcity and contamination is a critical problem.
Aqua Botanical water contains 74 plant-derived minerals that include Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, and Potassium. Any vegetable or fruit that is either organic or non-organic that is juiced and concentrated can now additionally extract the botanical water. The natural water harvested is free from toxins, additives, sugars, and microorganisms and has no aroma and neutral taste. It is also believed to be suitable for vegans, for at no particular time does it come into contact with animals or animal by-products.
It is worth noting that Botanical Water has graced stages and some of the world’s finest restaurants, winning numerous awards since its inception. It has won the “Best Technology Innovation” and “Best CSR Initiative” at the Zenith Global Bottled Water Awards in Evian, France, in 2018 out of 100 entries across the globe. Aqua Botanical also took the award of “Best Sustainability Initiative” and “Best New Drink Concept” at InnoBev Awards in 2017 and Australia’s “Beverage Of the Year” in 2019.
Aqua Botanical also aims to help those less fortunate with sustainable and renewable fresh drinking water through the establishment of its Botanical Water Foundation. According to Paule, it is estimated that a child under five years old dies every 90 seconds because of a lack of access to clean water and sanitation. If the initiative of Aqua Botanical is embraced across the world, it could potentially save millions of lives.