Back in 2002, there were no stainless steel water bottles for personal hydration, and the health and environmental issues linked to plastic use were not widely known. Seeing the issues early and clearly, Robert Seals, the inventor and founder of Klean Kanteen®, began cobbling together the first prototype with things he bought at the local hardware store in Chico, California.
In 2007 and 2008 mainstream media began reporting on the dangers of BPA. Word spread and many consumers searching for a healthy, safe, earth-friendly alternative to plastic and lined aluminum bottles turned to Klean Kanteen. Phones rang off the hook as we scrambled to fill orders. About a year later, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch made national news and the environmental devastation caused by plastic pollution worked its way into the collective consciousness. Nationwide, even worldwide, we are seeing a massive shift away from single-use plastic bottles as more people choose a healthier refillable option, often a Klean Kanteen. To see changes of this magnitude in such a short time is inspiring and reinforces our belief that small changes can make a huge difference.
At Klean Kanteen, our commitment to you and the planet drives everything we do. From our stainless steel creations to the company we keep, we are firmly fixed on the task of making healthy, high-quality goods that will faithfully replace a lifetime of single-use items. Our hope is that you will go forth and re-use our products for years and even decades to come. One cup, bottle, and container at a time adds up... to big results.