Klean Kanteen was the original company to sell Stainless Steel water bottles. In 2002, Robert Seals began designing the first Klean Kanteen and the created the first prototype in 2004. This company makes sure that they have fair trade, and have responsible manufacturing. This company had a head start on the reusable bottle movement. There was very little news about the harm of plastic. Two years later the first Kanteen made it to the market, free of BPA, and other toxic substances. Klean Kanteen does not go by the planned obsolescence scheme, which forces consumers to throw away and re-purchase products, their Kanteens “can be reused for a lifetime.” Liz Roviera says that “At Klean Kanteen, our commitment to the planet drives everything we do.” Not only does Klean Kanteen produce a product that could save the environment from disposed plastic, but they also make an effort to minimize their production and transportation impacts. Klean Kanteen partnered with Green Mountain Energy to offset carbon and purchase Renewable Energy Certificates. This shows that they are making efforts on both sides of the story, the manufacturing, and the product’s mission.
One of the most influential parts of this company is its dedication to reducing plastics. Klean Kanteen pledged to the 1% for the Planet campaign, where the company must donate at least one percent of annual sales to non-profit organizations working to protect, preserve, and restore the natural environment. Klean Kanteen donates to organizations that are advocates of safe consumer products, environmental education, reducing plastic pollution, and land and water conservation.
Klean Kanteen has always been a favorite because they are designed to avoid bacteria growth inside the bottle, and to keep the inside clean. They are made of 18/8 stainless steel, which contains no toxins or chemicals. They are very durable and will last for a long time. These products use globalization responsibly. They like to keep it simple. The one image on the bottle displays our favorite; the one, and only, earth.
Written by Elise Mazur, June 11th, 2015