Monday, October 26, 2009

Klean Kanteen

Location: Chico, California/ Global
Year: 2004-2009
Founders: Jeff Cresswell & Michelle Kalberer

Klean Kanteen is the first company to market stainless steel water bottles as a lightweight, re-usable, durable, and bisphenol A (BPA) free alternative to disposable and reusable plastic bottles. The company
also possesses a strong social conscience, joining the 1% For The Planet initiative, through which it donates 1% of its gross annual sales for environmental and educational efforts of non-profit organizations such as the Breast Cancer Fund, Healthy Child Healthy World and NatureBridge. In five years it has become a leader in the stainless steel beverage bottle industry, receiving a significant amount of positive press from publications across the United States, notably appearing in feature stories by Time and Reader’s Digest magazines.

Each year nearly 200 billion disposable water bottles are consumed around the world, 25% of which in the United States alone, out of which only 20% are then recycled. Considering that the great majority of these bottles end up in landfills or in waterways and oceans, and that the concept in itself of a water bottle is to some extent an aberration as it costs about 100 times more than tap water and has to meet less stringent regulations than the latter, participating in the shift to move towards reusable bottles is
in itself laudable. However, with recent concerns arising over the potential health hazards posed by Bisphenol A (BPA), Klean Kanteen’s stainless steel bottles stand out from its competitors whose plastic and aluminum bottles contain BPA and other chemicals that may leak into the liquids they carry

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