Before anybody else was making stainless steel water bottles for personal daily hydration, before the current widespread concern about health and environmental issues in relation to plastics, we were cobbling together the first Klean Kanteen prototype from things we bought at the local hardware store here in Chico, California.
In 2004, we released the first Klean Kanteen onto the market because we wanted to give people something better than plastic:
A lightweight, re-usable, body-friendly bottle free of bisphenol A (BPA);
A bottle durable enough to last a lifetime;
An easy-to-clean, easy-to-carry beverage container for people of all ages;
A bottle that keeps drinks fresh and clean-tasting no matter how many times you refill it;
A simple design engineered for function in every way.
In those early days, we shared Klean Kanteens with folks we met at music festivals, environmental fairs, outdoor recreation events, and other sorts of groovy gatherings. “Where can I get some more of these?” they’d ask.
“I love my Klean Kanteen.”
Klean Kanteen has grown over the past five years from a tiny, upstart company to a leader in the stainless beverage bottle industry.
During this time, we've also taken significant steps toward lowering our environmental footprint through consideration and adjustments in every aspect of our facilities and practices.
Ensuring our office paper is 100% post-consumer content, providing hand and dish soaps that are fair trade and eco-friendly, using Energy Star-certified office equipment – these are just a few of our earth-in-mind internal operations choices.
Our commitment to sustainability also extends to the very beginning of the production process; we've increased oversight and conducted third-party audits of factories making our products in China to ensure they're meeting Klean Kanteen’s high environmental and fair labor standards.
In addition to including environmental and fair labor consciousness in our business practices, we partner with local, national, and international organizations to support efforts toward health, clean drinking water, and protecting the environment.
In 2008, Klean Kanteen became a member of 1% for the Planet, committing to donation of at least 1% of our annual sales to non-profits working to protect and promote the wellness of this one great Earth.
“And who is this “we” anyway?”
“We” are fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, children, and friends – a small, family-owned and -operated company in northern California, with over thirty years of history and an enduring commitment to product and service excellence.
We treat our customers like good neighbors, and our partners like dear friends. No shareholder meetings, no corporate headquarters. Our goals, like our products, are simple: to provide Klean Kanteen customers affordable, high quality, beverage containers and accessories that are good for them, and good for the planet.
Every time you refill your Klean Kanteen, you're making a positive choice for your own health and for the health of our planet. What you put into a Klean Kanteen is exactly what comes out, no leaching toxins, no chemicals, just your tasty, delicious drink. Plus you prevent another plastic bottle from going into a landfill, or worse, into the ocean. Over a week, a month, or a year, that really adds up.