CHICO, Calif. (May 5, 2010) — Jeff Cresswell and Michelle Kalberer, the brother/sister team behind Klean Kanteen®, were honored on April 27th in San Francisco at the Breast Cancer Fund's 2010 Heroes Celebration. Cresswell and Kalberer were given the Suzy Cain Leadership Award, recognizing their commitment to social and corporate responsibility.
“The major shift we're seeing today (with regards to Bisphenol-A) is because of the work of many of you in this room,” said Cresswell in his acceptance speech. “It reminds me of the reason that we actively partner with and support organizations like 1% For The Planet, NatureBridge, Healthy Child Healthy World and the Breast Cancer Fund. The Breast Cancer Fund has reached millions of people with information about BPA and ways to reduce exposure to environmental toxins. At Klean Kanteen, we've always believed that one person, one organization, or one family-owned company can make a difference. We're deeply honored to be here tonight, surrounded by so many people who believe in the same thing.”
Cresswell and Kalberer shared the stage with Sarah Janssen, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., a staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Annie Leonard, the writer and host of The Story of Stuff, an eye-opening online film that tells the story of the real-world costs of over-consumption on our environment, health and future. Janssen received the Science Hero Award and Leonard received the Andrea Ravinett Martin Strong Voices Award.
At Klean Kanteen, choosing new bottle colors is more than just picking out a paint hue. We choose our colors, and their names, to align with our projects, partnerships and community. Prevention Purple was created to honor and benefit the Breast Cancer Fund in its efforts to refocus the cancer discussion back to prevention and to empower people through education and awareness.
Small changes today can protect your health tomorrow and for years to come. We are proud to partner with the Breast Cancer Fund to do our part to stop cancer before it starts.