Thursday Getaway: Celebrate Green this Saint Patrick's Day!

March 17, 2016

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world every March 17th, and while it stems originally from The Feast of Saint Patrick, we know it today as the day of green garb and good drinks with friends and family.

This Saint Pat's Day, we encourage you to embrace your libations and festivities by bringing your own Klean Kanteen tumbler or bottle so you can be green all day long. You'll avoid getting pinched, and you'll be doing your part to reduce any waste along the way. So go ahead, enjoy the day with your loved ones, and celebrate the green in all of us!

We'll leave you with a great Irish proverb to get you in the spirit of the day: 

May yer pint be full of gold,
And yer drinks stay hot or cold.
No cups to the trash from thee,
Nor plastic bottles to the sea.
If you choose to live clean,
We can change the scene.
- Irish poem (okay, we may have edited a little)


Thursday Getaway: A National Park Love Letter

March 10, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt said, “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.” 


This year, as we collectively celebrate 100 years of our National Park service, these words remain truer than ever. Together, we have kept some of our country's most outstanding natural places safe and public for the enjoyment of all, young and old – and that's something to celebrate! As a part of the centennial celebration, our friends at O.A.R.S. have launched the #ShareTheWonder campaign, a way for everyone to help pay tribute to their favorite national parks. As O.A.R.S puts it, "we believe the best way to ensure our national parks are preserved for the enjoyment of future generations is to take people into the wilderness and share the wonder of these wild places, because we know we save what we love and we love what we know."

Starting this month, O.A.R.S will be giving away a trip for two to one of four national parks, along with a pair of Chacos and a one-year subscription to AFAR magazine. Just follow this link to complete your entry – it's your chance at winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to one of our outstanding national parks. 


Thursday Getaway: Legacy, an American Rivers Film

March 02, 2016

My job was to enjoy this beautiful country, and give back for what it has given to me. And doing the Wild & Scenic bill and being involved in all the things here, I felt like I accomplished that.” – Jack Dennis

American Rivers agrees, which is why they made this short film. Legacy carries us through a thoughtful conversation with legendary fly fishing guide Jack Dennis as he explains how he, along with late Senator Craig Thomas, American Rivers and its partners, worked to designate the Upper Snake River Headwaters in Wyoming as one of the nation’s most comprehensive Wild & Scenic Rivers.

Listen and enjoy the incredible sights of the Snake near Jackson, which makes this river unique in its own right. And share in the experience of playing amid its waters, and enjoying the simple beauty of a great river.

Thanks to American Rivers for making this beautiful short film. 



Thursday Getaway: Envision Festival, Costa Rica

February 25, 2016

Imagine a festival that takes place on the beach in Costa Rica. Now add daily yoga, massage, lectures and dance music that runs late into the humid, starry night. If you're ready to hop on a plane, we're with you! What we describe here isn't fiction, it's Envision Festival, and it's as magical as it sounds. 

Klean Kanteen is proud to have supported this event for the past two years with our Cup Karma™ program and onsite sales of Klean Kanteen product. What's more, there are three water stations on-site, and festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own bottles to fill up. As the website states:

"Envision is a Leave No Trace event, and we therefore always leave the land in as good if not better condition than we found it. We try to minimize waste sent to the landfills and maximize recycling and composting rates, conserve water as much as possible, mitigate our atmospheric impact from transportation and energy, source only environmentally-sound products and materials, and we always maintain positive relations with our surrounding community."

Find out all of the up-to-date information on this year's Festival here. If you'll be in paradise for the event, be sure to share your experience with us!



Thursday Getaway: Heartless Bastards

February 18, 2016

Together with Pickathon and opbmusic/npr music, we bring you some of the best live performances from Pickathon 2015 with a new Woods Episode each month. Today, we invite you to listen to what npr music accurately describes as a " gritty and powerful set" from Heartless Bastards during their performance at last summer's Wood Stage. 


If you're counting down the days until Pickathon 2016, you'll be excited to know that the festival will debut its full schedule on March 6th! Stay tuned for that, and in the meantime, check out this year's lineup here


Thursday Getaway: SB50 Commercial, Love the Outside

February 11, 2016

This year, we teamed up as the Official Sustainability Partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. SB50 turned out to be a great game, but if you weren't the kind to watch for sport, it's possible you watched for the commercials. If not, that's okay too. 


Today, we bring up a commercial from SB50 with a sentiment we can get behind: "Love the outside!" Of course, this commercial for Marmot, definitely has seen mixed reviews. As Adventure Journal quoted, "Marmot President Mark Mark Martin told KTVU, “Whether people will remember our ad in the long run, I think so. I think it will stand out and be distinctive,” he said." 


Thursday Getaway: Rodrigo Amarante

February 04, 2016

Together with Pickathon and opbmusic/npr music, we bring you some of the best live performances from Pickathon 2015 with a new Woods Episode each month. Today, we invite you to enjoy  Rodrigo Amarante's live and heartfelt performance of "Maná" in Portuguese under the summer sun and a tangle of beautiful branches. 


After you take in the beautiful sounds of Amarante, you'll want to know that Pickathon has added Wolf Parade and Kevin Morby to this year's lineup. The complete daily stage schedule for Pickathon 2016 will be released on March 7, so be sure to check it out! You can also listen to the lineup via this Spotify Playlist: Pickathon 2016 Lineup Preview. Pickathon happens August 5-7, so be sure to mark your calendars and get weekend tickets or day passes before they're gone. 


Thursday Getaway: Collabofest

January 28, 2016

This weekend, you'll find us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Rain or shine, we'll be imbibing alongside Portlanders at the second annual Collabofest, sponsored by Base Camp Brewing. The spirit of the event is in its name; collaboration among some of the best craft breweries is what it's all about, which is why the event will feature 16 breweries, as well as two cideries, as they collaborate to create new innovative brews and ciders. The event organizers wanted to provide a high-quality, sustainable solution for their VIP participants while they sample all of these collaboration brews, so we were happy to add some Klean Kanteen class to the occasion! All VIP attendees will receive a stainless steel pint to sip (or chug) their tasty samples from while they take in this one-of-a-kind event. 

This year, Collabofest is also supporting two local Oregon non-profits, including the Oregon Natural Desert Association and Oregon Brewshed Alliance. The focus will be on sending funds and support to help protect the Oywhee Canyonlands and Oregon watersheds in an effort to keep local lands protected and Oregon beer clean! 

We'll be there this weekend, not only to support the sustainability of the event, but to celebrate the brewing community of Portland and the creativity that can come from collaborations like this. Join us, and get your tickets here! See you in Portland. 

#BringYourOwn #CONSERVATION #ThursdayGetaway

Thursday Getaway: 62 Years

January 21, 2016

Wild and free, the Yampa River in Northwest Colorado is the last major free-flowing river in the Colorado River Basin. The Yampa and its canyons are also home to many endangered species, and offer opportunities for recreation unlike anywhere else. As the Colorado River basin continues to dry, and water resources dwindle, the Yampa becomes ever more of a target for water diversion. For this reason, O.A.R.S. and American Rivers have teamed up on a film, 62 Yearsin an effort to encourage activists and key decision-makers to fight for the preservation of the Yampa. Here's where the film takes us: 
The last time Ken Brower traveled down the Yampa River in Northwest Colorado was with his father, David Brower, in 1952. This was the year his father became the first executive director of the Sierra Club and joined the fight against a pair of proposed dams on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. The dams—a big one at Echo Park and a smaller one at Split Mountain—would have flooded the canyons of the Green and its tributary, the Yampa, inundating the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. David Brower and the Sierra Club ultimately won the fight—ushering in a period many consider the dawn of modern environmentalism. Sixty-two years later, Ken revisited the Yampa and Green Rivers to reflect on his father's work, their 1952 river trip and how we will confront the looming water crisis in the American West.

“Words cannot adequately describe the Yampa Canyon through Dinosaur National Monument, nor can pictures capture its grandeur,” said Amy Kober, Senior Communications Director for American Rivers. “We need rivers like the Yampa — to remind us how rivers are supposed to function, to demonstrate that it is possible to sustain agriculture while protecting endangered fish and recreation, and to help us improve the management of other rivers in the Colorado Basin.”

We encourage you to watch the film, share the message and do your part to raise awareness about an issue that affects us all.