Here at Klean we take a holistic approach to understanding and managing the environmental footprint of our products —from sourcing raw materials to manufacturing, packaging, shipping, daily use, and end-of-life disposal. We call this Measuring What Matters. To do this, we use a lifecycle assessment process and other tools that uncover hidden impacts and track our progress year over year. This information allows us to identify improvements that can lower a Klean Kanteen’s overall environmental impact without sacrificing performance.


Here are just a few highlights of our processes in action.

First off, did you know one vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle requires twice the amount of resources to produce as a single-wall bottle of the same size? It’s true! In 2019 the switch to a new manufacturing partner for our next generation of insulated product, TKWide, reduced the amount of water needed to manufacture this collection bringing it closer to the water usage of single-wall. Through similar changes greenhouse gas emissions per unit of purchased electricity have also been reduced due to the amount of energy in our manufacturing supply chain that comes from clean(er) sources, such as natural gas and solar. The Klean design and sourcing teams continue to work on manufacturing solutions that conserve resources, while still delivering the award-winning Climate Lock vacuum insulation you love.

When we discovered how much paper went into boxing individual retail products through the LCA process, we moved to “packaging” all of our Kanteens in belly bands or hang tags only. This simple switch saves substantial amounts of water and material every year and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions! Where the paper for our belly bands, packaging material and shipping boxes comes from matters, too. Right now 100% of our paper material is made from post-consumer recycled content and / or forest-friendly materials that are FSCcertified or wood-free. Thanks to our LCA tools, we know we can continue to improve on the amount of sustainable material going into our paper products.

We also assess the impacts of shipping our products from the factory to our headquarters in Chico, California. We learned just how much more greenhouse gas emissions air freight produces than container ship. In fact, although we only used air freight to ship 1-2% of the total weight coming to our headquarters in 2018, it accounted for 25-35% of our transport emissions! Through careful planning, we have since reduced our use of air freight by 62%.

The more we know, the more we can work hard to make sustainable choices at every step of the Klean Kanteen journey.

Klean Kanteen Joins Carbon Neutral to Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Footprint

Klean Kanteen Joins Carbon Neutral

With a proven track record of environmental activism, Klean Kanteen is proud to announce it has joined Climate Neutral Certified to become one of the leaders in reducing carbon emissions on a company-wide scale. Using an independent and rigorous certification program, Climate Neutral verifies a company has achieved net-zero carbon emissions for the entirety of a company’s greenhouse gas footprint through a combination of emissions reductions and offsets.
“Since early 2009 we have worked to measure and reduce our carbon footprint because it’s the right thing to do for current and future generations,” said Jim Osgood, CEO at Klean Kanteen. “Being Climate Neutral Certified will help Klean accelerate emissions reductions throughout our business operations and supply chain and encourage others to follow suit. It also signifies our company’s support for a global price on carbon and one more step of many more to come. We are committed to continually reduce our impact on our environment as we continue to grow.”
Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world by recruiting companies to publicly measure, reduce, and offset their carbon emissions. Climate Neutral facilitates the certification program using standards developed and maintained through a multi-stakeholder process. Companies certified under Climate Neutral are required to purchase high-quality credits authenticated by the most trusted and scientifically rigorous verification bodies.
In 2017, Klean Kanteen installed a series of solar panels at their headquarters in Chico, CA. In only one year, the array generated 136 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 66 percent. In addition, Klean is an original signatory for the We Are Still In campaign. As part of the campaign, Klean is committed to responsible engagement in climate policy and increasing their use of renewable energy.
“Given the urgency of the climate problem, it is critical for businesses to take responsibility for the carbon pollution generated from making and delivering their products and services,” said Climate Neutral Executive Director Austin Whitman. “We’re thrilled to have Klean Kanteen join the growing set
of companies that have committed to this journey. Our brands are going to lead their industry peers into a new era of social responsibility.”
Starting mid-year 2020, Klean Kanteen will begin featuring the Climate Neutral Certified label on its packaging and other materials to signify their zero-carbon footprint. To learn more about Climate Neutral and the process of measuring, reducing and offsetting a business’ entire carbon footprint please visit www.climateneutral.org
For more information about Klean Kanteen and how they are achieving a zero-carbon footprint visit www.kleankanteen.com

About Climate Neutral

Climate Neutral is an independent non-profit organization enlisting businesses and consumers to halt the effects of climate change. We believe in setting a new minimum standard of corporate responsibility for all companies: achieving a net-zero carbon footprint. To learn more about Climate Neutral, including how to become a partner, please visit www.climateneutral.org.

About Klean Kanteen

A leader in BPA-free, stainless steel drinkware and food transport, Klean Kanteen is family owned and operated, with distribution in 50-plus countries worldwide. With environmental stewardship and fair labour central to the company’s philosophy, Klean Kanteen is in business for good. Since 2008, Klean has donated 1% of its sales totaling over $2.7 million to environmental organizations working towards positive change through 1% for the Planet. From non-profit partnerships to grassroots events, Klean works closely with values-aligned companies and organizations to support efforts toward health, the reduction of single-use plastic, and environmental education and awareness. In 2012, Klean Kanteen proudly became a B Corporation, certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit http://www.awesometools.co.za/brands/klean-kanteen/.