"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." - Benjamin Franklin
As we look down the path of 2015, knowing very little about what it will bring, we can take comfort in knowing that, here at Klean Kanteen HQ, we do our best to live and do business with intention every day.
Since releasing the first Kanteen in 2004, we've taken significant steps to reduce our overall environmental footprint. In 2008, we became a member of 1% For The Planet, and have since donated more than 1% of our annual sales to nonprofits working to protect the earth. In 2012, we proudly joined the ranks of Certified B Corporations by meeting the rigorous and independent B Corp standards of performance, accountability and transparency. These standards continue to guide our practices, and always will. You can view our public company report from 2014 here.
Today, as much as when we first started out, we are a family business to the core. We are fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, children and friends. We are a small, family-owned and-operated company in northern California with more than 30 years of history and an enduring commitment to product and service excellence. We treat our customers like good neighbors and our partners like dear friends. We have stakeholders, not shareholders, and our bottom line is simple: to provide affordable, safe, healthy, high quality products and accessories and to promote and encourage health, sustainability and environmental awareness.
In this New Year, we want to say thank you to you! We couldn't do it without our outstandingly loyal customers.
Cheers to a grand, brand-new year!
This year, a dynamic event broke ground in the world of professional snowboarding. Community Cup became the first snowboarding competition to alter its entire infrastructure to cater more mindfully to its riders -- and to care for the planet every step of the way. The documentary film about the event allows us to listen to 16 Olympians about the art of snowboarding and competing, while giving us a unique perspective on why snowboarding events (both big and small) are due for some serious change.
“The reason why I chose to participate and co-create this event is because I think it’s important for women’s snowboarding to have a competition where the course is specially designed for them, and the intention is all on the women. I believe we will see the most progression and style out of that,” says Co-Founder and four time Norwegian Olympian Kjersti Buaas. “If you want a good contest and you want the riders to do well, the riders are gonna do well if they are riding a course that they like and have input on. The competition format was a true representation of how you were snowboarding that day. That’s laid the foundation for a good competition,” states 2014 Community Cup Winner, Christy Prior. “To see that you can work with weather and have an actual say -- that was the best. I just love snowboarding, I don’t care what I do with snowboarding; I am a freestyle snowboarder, you can put any obstacle in front of me and I will try to make the best out of it,” former World Champion and two time Dutch Olympian, Cheryl Maas. “It was such a rider friendly event. No stress and so much progression,” USA Olympian Ty Walker.
“This is not just about snowboarding. This is about Community. This is about caring about the world and where we are evolving. Not doing one thing while polluting another. We don’t want to just take, we want to give in that process,” says Community Cup Founder and professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics.
Take a look at the Community Cup trailer above. The film is now available for purchase on iTunes for $5.99, and would make the perfect gift for the snowboarder in your life. Check it out!
During the first week of December, Klean Kanteen participated in two events: The International Music Festival Convention (
IMFCON) and the
International Film Festival Summit (IFFS). Our very own Field Marketing Manager, Melissa McClary, was there to represent the brand, and was asked to speak on the Sustainability Panel as a representative of Klean's capacity to be an agent for change in festival activations. Naturally, we couldn't be more proud of her! We asked Melissa to share what it was like to participate in these events, and here's what she had to say:
Over a period of three days earlier this month, I had the great pleasure of representing Klean Kanteen at IFFS and IMFCON in Austin, Texas. You might ask: What exactly is Klean Kanteen doing at a convention for people who plan music and film festivals? Well, we are leading the charge in changing the way these events think about sustainability, as well as aiding them in considering the impacts that they leave on the individuals, communities and landscapes where these events are held.
Anyone who has ever attended a music festival has seen the huge amount of plastic cup and bottle waste that's produced by attendees in just a few days. It's this huge amount of single-use waste that has started the conversation at Klean Kanteen about the need to create a solution for reducing waste at these events. What's more, it's what has brought around the birth of the iconic Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Pint. The pint itself has changed the face of sustainability at festivals, and it's due to this notable impact in the festival community that I was invited to speak.
During the Sustainability Panel, we had lively conversation and great interaction with the audience who came to hear us talk. It was a true pleasure to learn more about how festivals and events are evolving their environmental policies. Of course, it was also amazing to hear some epic success stories and some serious setbacks these festivals and events have faced.
For me, festivals are amazing micro-communities where people are drawn together by a mutual love of culture, film, art, music or sport. In a time when we all spend so much time isolated from community in our day-today lives (sitting behind computers, driving alone in cars to and from work, watching tv and communicating most through online platforms), when we gather together around an event, an amazing thing happens: we CONNECT, we CELEBRATE! It’s this connection the creates conversation, creates new ideas and creates the momentum for change. It’s so exciting to be a part of the change toward sustainable celebration in these festival communities. Check our Events Calendar to see where we’ll be in 2015, and where you can join us. We hope to see you at any one of them! Until then, happy sustainable celebrations to you all this holiday season.
Earlier this month, we posted a call to action in the hopes of raising awareness about adding more protected public lands to our nation before the year's end. Today, we're proud to announce that just days ago, the United States Senate voted in favor of passing the National Defense Authorization Act, which included many public lands protection bills. All in all, the passed bill brought with it 524,300 acres of federally protected land, including 246,300 acres of new Wilderness in Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico. That is officially the largest public lands protections that Congress has passed since 2009.
Our friends at The Conservation Alliance have outlined the specific lands that were protected in this week's vote. From their latest post:
The newly protected areas are:
- Alpine Lakes Additions, WA: Just 45 minutes east of downtown Seattle, the Pratt, Middle Fork and South Fork Snoqualmie Valleys are the closest mountain valleys to Puget Sound population centers. The legislation permanently protects 22,000 acres of additions to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and 40 miles of the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers as Wild and Scenic.
- Hermosa Creek, CO: The bill protects the 108,000-acre Hermosa Creek Watershed in the San Juan National Forest of southwestern Colorado, including nearly 38,000 acres of new Wilderness within the watershed.
- Rocky Mountain Front, MT: Montanans rallied around the new protections for 275,000 acres of public land in western Montana. The bill adds 50,500 acres to the Bob Marshall Wilderness and 16,700 acres to the Scapegoat Wilderness. The legislation also designates 208,000 acres as Conservation Management Areas.
- Columbine-Hondo, NM: The protects 45,000 acres north of Taos, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, including Gold Hill, its highest peak. The new Wilderness also contains the headwaters for two rivers.
- Wovoka, NV: In Nevada, the bill designates 48,000 acres of wilderness in Lyon County, protecting historic, cultural, and natural resources. The Wovoka Wilderness will be named in honor of the Native American spiritual leader and father of the Ghost Dance, who lived near the area.
- Pine Forest Range, NV: The bill protects the 26,000 acre Pine Forest Range Wilderness in northwest Nevada. The Pine Forest Range is a popular destination for sportsmen and recreationists and is prime habitat for mule deer, sage grouse, and mountain lion.
This guest post is written by Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro, a social community that Klean Kanteen is proud to partner with. We wanted to spread the word about this upcoming Saturday's Healing Hike, and we couldn't think of a better person to do so than Rue herself. In her words:
Right now, we're living in times that are hard to understand. Recent events in Ferguson and in New York have re-opened wounds of fear and doubt that have divided our country, revealing riveting currents of pain and distrust.
These events touch me personally and professionally. As a mother of boys, and the aunt of several young adults in Oakland, California, I find myself holding them all a little tighter these days. And every day in my work, my team and partners, such as Klean Kanteen, strive to lower perceived barriers between people and nature, especially for people who look like me.
Through it all, I feel hopeful knowing we have at our disposal a variety of platforms to respond and press for change.
For instance: at Outdoor Afro, we typically call out the ways nature teaches and heals us.
Throughout our history in the U.S., there are many examples of how our people have expressed their greatest societal needs in both the streets and in natural settings. We recall how Harriet Tubman led people with and through nature to help us find freedom. The March on Washington brought together thousands of all hues in a national park to claim civil rights. And today, people are protesting in nearly every major city in response to the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City calling for justice, all the while digitally chanting: #BlackLivesMatter.
Indeed our country is ailing, yet I strongly believe that we can turn to nature to provide an important pathway toward our healing as we always have. So in keeping with our history of turning to nature, Outdoor Afro leaders around the country call on friends, allies and partners to join us December 13, 2014 for a day of healing in nature.
Locate your local Outdoor Afro network through Meetup.com or simply get out with your friends, family, congregation or local outdoor organization. Share how you are healing in nature to inspire others: Hashtag #HealingHike
We hope you will join us, but more importantly, we hope to find healing and hope during these challenging times for all.
Need another reason to bring your own reusable container wherever you go? Here's a good one that pertains to your health, from an article published this December in The New York Times:
"A new study shows that a common chemical in the containers can seep into beverages and raise blood pressure within a few hours." And, "The study found that when people drank soy milk from a can, the levels of BPA in their urine rose dramatically within two hours – and so did their blood pressure. But on days when they drank the same beverage from glass bottles, which don’t use BPA linings, there was no significant change in their BPA levels or blood pressure.
A single instance of increased blood pressure may not be particularly harmful. But the findings suggest that for people who drink from multiple cans or plastic bottles every day, the repeated exposure over time could contribute to hypertension, said Dr. Karin B. Michels, an expert on BPA who was not involved in the new research."
What's more, the article states that even so-called "BPA-free" plastics could pose a similar risk, as "these products often contain chemically similar alternatives – like bisphenol S." The New York Times goes on: "One study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that plastic products advertised as BPA-free still leached chemicals with estrogenic activity – and some of these chemicals were even more potent than BPA."
For us here at Klean, a study like this is just one more reason to avoid single-use plastics altogether. If you agree, spread the word and raise awareness of the health risks associated with these ubiquitous chemicals.
Want to learn more? Read the full article from The New York Times here.
The holidays are here! There's no denying it: 'tis the season of giving, receiving and sharing the love. That's why we're offering a few holiday specials here at Klean HQ. Here's what we have going on:
From now through December 17th, Klean Kanteen is offering:
FREE shipping on all orders (for purchases over $20, U.S. domestic only)
FREE Café Cap with the purchase of a 16 or 20-ounce Insulated Kanteen in Wild Raspberry, Night Sky, River Rock and Lavender Tea
FREE Pint Lid with Tumbler or Pint 4-Pack purchase
Buy One, Get One free when you purchase a 27-ounce Klean Kanteen from our Graphics Collection
Take a look on the Holiday Promos
section of our website for details, and to purchase the gift of #BringYourOwn!
This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, which defined, once and for all, wilderness as “an area where the Earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor and does not remain.”
This monumental recognition and powerful legislation is just as useful today as it was in 1964 because it allows Congress to protect some of our nation’s most precious wild lands, again and again. We love our public lands, the recreation opportunities they offer and the solitude and soul-feeding beauty they offer all of us. So it’s important that we protect as much land as possible. Adding to that, 2014 is a unique and potentially opportune year because lawmakers of the 113th Congress currently have the momentum necessary to some of these wilderness bills across the finish line. As a nation, we also have the momentum of the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act to build upon by protecting more wildernesses for decades to come.
So, what can you do? Historically, wilderness protection comes from those who experience the natural beauty of their own backyards and then feel moved to fight for their protection. You can help protect the wilderness in your own neck of the woods by exercising your civic rights and speaking up! Email your Senator to tell them that you love these wild places and that you – and your community – want them to stay wild. Join us in a movement along with many local communities in urging Congress to pass wilderness protection.
We'll close this out with words from filmmaker Pete McBride, who created the film above. In a recent National Geographic post, he writes:
"That said, there one fundamental distinction we cannot forget: unlike farms and gardens, wilderness areas cannot change, nor are they allowed to be changed. No permanent buildings, no roads, no wheeled traffic. Their management plans might have adjusted over the last 50 years, but their undeveloped landscapes have not. A few trails may have appeared; a few trees may have sprouted skyward, crashed to earth, or even burned. Yet, what someone saw in 1964 is roughly the same today."
No To-Go from Klean Kanteen on Vimeo.
What if coffee shops stopped serving drinks in to-go cups?
Klean Kanteen created the #BringYourOwn project to inspire a new conversation around eliminating single use and waste in the environment. Typically, the dialogue goes something like this; “YOU need to change the way you live to make the world better. Here’s a simple step that you can take to live ‘smarter.’ It’s not that hard.”
But research shows that ingrained habits, convenience, and public policies can make it really hard for people to make these personal changes. So we want to change that and meet them where they are.
#BringYourOwn starts a conversation around the policies and cultural ideas that promote a disposable lifestyle. Why is it easier to find a disposable bottle of water than finding a place to fill your reusable bottle? Why are there some places that will fill your reusable container and other places that have health codes against it? Why is bringing reusable options seen as so easy by some, but sort of hard for many?
There are reasons for all of these questions. And we want to talk about them. So join the conversation at #BringYourOwn.
Note: While waste stream reporting in the US is understandably complex, the numbers used in these films are based on widely used and accepted estimates throughout advocacy and academic work.