we created the very first Klean Kanteen our goal was to promote healthy
living and respect for the environment by giving people an affordable
alternative to plastic bottles.
From the get go, we
shared many of the concerns you, our customers, have expressed about
manufacturing the bottles in China. Before a single bottle was ever
produced, we set in place checks and balances to ensure that our
bottles are produced safely, sustainably and that the people making
Klean Kanteens are treated well and paid fairly.
Kanteen is a family-owned business and we care for everyone on our
team, from the person who answers your calls in California, to the
welder in China who meticulously joins the parts of each Kanteen. By
manufacturing our bottles in China, we can provide a handcrafted bottle
of exceptional quality at a reasonable price.
For more information, read about our NSF certification and manufacturing process.
require fair labor standards, including the ethical treatment of
factory workers, child labor rules, wages and benefits, health and
The Klean Kanteen is and will continue to be one of the safest and most sustainable beverage containers on the market.
only do we uphold strict design and manufacturing standards at our
factories, we also regularly test the metal in our bottles at a U.S.
lab. Every three to four months the science division of EMSL
Analytical, Inc. tests the elemental composition of metal in Klean
Kanteens for hazardous substances.
Friends of Klean Kanteen
Every social change, every movement, every step toward a better
tomorrow takes shape when people come together and work toward a common
goal. At Klean Kanteen, we celebrate and promote companies,
organizations, and individuals who share our beliefs and philosophies.
We like to think of them as Friends.
include organizations and individuals worldwide who are working to make
a difference, from tiny hometown environmental education programs to
nationally-acclaimed leaders in advocacy for health and environmental
stewardship, music festivals and private companies known world-wide for
their earth-in-mind ways of doing business; our Friends are truly an
At Klean Kanteen, we spend extra time
and resources with some of our non-profit Friends to help get the word
out about issues close to our heart. Through our membership with 1% For The Planet,
we donate 1% of our gross annual sales to environmental conservation
and education efforts of non-profit organizations such as the Breast Cancer Fund,
Healthy Child Healthy World, and Environmental Working Group. We also
aim to spread the word about the great works (and the great challenges)
of our Friends by featuring them on our site.
organizations currently featured among Our Friends give an incredible
amount of talent and energy toward their respective causes: the
significant personal and ecological benefits of choosing tap water over
bottled water (Take Back the Tap); development of inspiring connections to Nature and leadership in outdoor environmental education (Yosemite Institutes); and relentless efforts to identify and eliminate environmental causes of disease (Breast Cancer Fund).
We hope you’ll get to know these Friends a little better through our
web site. You may find yourself wanting to know more about them or the
issues they address after this little introduction, or even feel
compelled to strike up a new friendship yourself. That’s great, too.
If you are experiencing some of the following problems with your Kanteen, you may have a bottle with a manufacturer defect:
Bisphenol A (BPA) is nearly ubiquitous among common household
products. It is used in baby bottles, water bottles, medical and dental
devices, lenses, food storage containers, household electronics,
compact discs and DVDs. Epoxy resins containing BPA are used to coat
the inside of food and beverage cans, as well as metal water bottles
not made from stainless steel.
The chemical, which is
used primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy
resins, made headlines in December 2006 when a draft report from the
National Toxicology Program’s Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR)was released as part of NTP-CERHR’s initial review and evaluation of
BPA for the “potential for adverse effects on reproduction or
development resulting from human exposures to substances in the
environment”. The draft report cited widespread human exposure to BPA
from use and occurrence in the environment as one of the primary
reasons for researching the chemical.
expert panel meetings in March and August 2007, NTP-CERHR provided
description and conclusions of the BPA evaluation and recommendations
for future studies. Through its evaluation process, the NTP concluded
there is “some concern” about effects of BPA on the brain, behavior,
and prostate gland of fetuses, infants, and children at current human
exposure levels. In the following months, evidence about the adverse
health effects of BPA have continued to mount as scientists outside
NTP-CERHR conducted new studies and reviewed hundreds of previous
studies linking BPA exposure to a wide array of illness and disease,
including breast cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, liver
abnormalities, and prostate cancer.
In April 2008, Canada
announced its intent to ban the import, sale, and advertisement of baby
bottles containing BPA. A number of high profile manufacturers and
retailers, including Wal-Mart, Nalgene, and Toys-R-Us, followed suit.
Now U.S. legislators are trying to ban plastics containing BPA on both
the state and national level. While many companies continue to
manufacture products from types of plastic that have been shown to
leach BPA, others are responding quickly to both consumer and
government pressure by releasing BPA-free products onto the market. We
are thrilled to see more alternatives to BPA on the market among
various product types, and as always, remain BPA-free throughout our
product line…that’s a commitment we made to our customers in 2004 when
Klean Kanteen first hit the streets as the original alternative to
plastic water bottles.
At Klean Kanteen, we believe
accurate information is an important tool when faced with the myriad,
sometimes complex, personal consumer choices of today. Below are some
helpful hints and information resources about BPA.