Frequently asked questions

Where is Mananalu currently available in retail locations?

Mananalu is not currently available outside of our online shop. Stay tuned for exciting updates! We can’t wait to meet you wavemakers in person soon.

Does Mananalu ship internationally or to remote locations and islands?

Mananalu is currently only shipped to locations in the United States. We are actively working to be available in select international markets.

Do you have resealable can options? If so, how many times are they refillable?

Our resealable Alumitek line of cans will be available in Spring of 2021. Users can refill the can as many times as they like, so long as it remains undamaged and is cleaned thoroughly by hand, not in the dishwasher. We suggest only refilling with water and not other beverages, as they may damage the interior liner of the can. Happy hydrating!

Bottled water is more affordable. Why pay more for aluminum?

How much would you pay to make friends with the sea turtles? When you purchase Mananalu, you’re getting more than just a hydrating beverage in a cool can. Not only is aluminum less polluting with its infinitely recyclable qualities, but every purchase of Mananalu removes one pound of plastic pollution from our oceans. With Mananalu, you’re buying a better future for people and our environment. The wave of change is definitely worth it.

Why is aluminum your alternative to plastic?

75 percent of aluminum ever made is still used today, while only 9 percent of plastic collected gets recycled. Aluminum is an infinitely recyclable material, meaning it never has to go to waste. We offer a product that actually becomes something new when you put it in your recycling bin, unlike plastic which loses quality after each use and ends up in landfills, furnaces and our oceans. Rock on, aluminum.

Why are you creating another single-use product instead of a refillable bottle?

While our society is moving towards a refillable culture, many people still rely on single-use products for travel, emergency food storage and wellness in areas where water quality is low. Our mission is to replace plastic water bottles altogether in these necessary areas, providing an option that is less harmful to the environment and 100 percent recyclable. We’ll always recommend reusable water bottles as your best option. We’re just here to be a better backup –– for now. In May 2021, we’ll be making more waves with a new reusable water bottle line! Take that, plastic.

What are the can liners made of? Are they eco-friendly and does it affect the cans recyclability?

Our cans are coated in a thin layer of paint, and are totally plastic-free. It is not harmful to the environment and does not affect the infinitely recyclable properties of aluminum. Before cans are recycled in furnaces, recycling facilities remove the paint in a variety of ways. When paint is removed from the aluminum can, it is often used to heat the furnace that will then melt the aluminum for recycling. It’s one of our favorite sustainable magic tricks.

Are your cans made of recycled aluminum?

Yes! Mananalu cans are made of 73 percent recycled aluminum, above the industry average of 69 percent. Our producers at Ball Corporation expect to produce with 100 percent recycled aluminum by 2030.

How does aluminum match up against other alternatives in terms of recycling, carbon footprint and cost?

Aluminum is 100 percent recyclable, a quality that no other single-use product demonstrates. With this product, you can honestly assure your customers that the products you sell will become something new again, unlike plastic and paper-based products. CO2 emissions for aluminum have been decreasing faster than its competition as recycling rates increase, according to Ball Corporation. Aluminum is also the most cost- and energy-efficient alternative, as the majority of aluminum produced is now made from recycled aluminum products.

What is the carbon footprint of aluminum cans?

While aluminum production has high CO2 emissions, recycling aluminum saves approximately 90 percent of the energy it takes to make new aluminum. Not only does recycling aluminum minimize energy, but it eliminates the harmful need for mining bauxite ore, the material from which aluminum is extracted. Aluminum is also a lightweight material, which reduces space concerns, transport needs and energy required for cooling. Simon Lowden, executive leader of Pepsi’s plastics drive, said: “That means in some markets aluminum would actually not produce as much greenhouse gas.”
For more information on aluminum production and its benefits over plastic, read our blog.