Moms of Klean

Moms of Klean

This Mother’s Day, and every day, we want to celebrate the moms that make up the incredible culture of Klean Kanteen. We know that we simply couldn’t create, work, or have fun the way we do without the dedication and commitment that each mom pours into this company.

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Measuring What Matters

Measuring What Matters

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.

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Female Leadership with Co-Owner Michelle Kalberer

Female Leadership with Co-Owner Michelle Kalberer

Female Leadership with Co-Owner Michelle Kalberer Words: Klean Kanteen / Images: Klean Kanteen As we continue to celebrate Women this month, we wanted to take the time to spotlight a woman that has made Klean Kanteen possible and has been the heart of this company for over 17 years. We sat down with Michelle Kalberer to ask about the challenges women in leadership are facing as well as what her excitement is for the future. For those not familiar with Klean, give us the 10,000 foot view of your roll within the company. We hear you are pretty busy! My role within Klean Kanteen is Co-CEO and VP of People Operations and Culture (and currently on the office rotating daily cleaning crew 😊). I also pride myself in being the Klean Kanteen mama-bear and the biggest cheerleader to our pretty amazing staff. I absolutely love my job! I get to interact with every single employee and help drive the momentum that Klean has for doing great work. What do you see as some of the challenges facing women in leadership? Women are still the minority in leadership and although this may be shifting, I see there is still inherent inequality at that level. Women need to speak louder to be heard, have a greater confidence to be part of the team that is primarily men, and fight harder to keep moving with upward momentum. All of this, while typically being the primary caretakers of their family at home. For myself, I have to be on my A-Game at work, and then transform myself into Super Mom as I walk in the door to help with dinner, do homework, and focus on my family. It’s really difficult to “turn off work” like that. Building off the previous question, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for the next generation of female leaders? I feel the biggest challenge will be to continue the fight against the stereotypes and expectations about how women should look and act, and to keep pushing to have women’s voices be heard in a predominantly male led world. I believe todays generation can help lead that change so that our next generation of women can take this momentum and make lasting impact for years to come. It’s critical that we foster and amplify the voices of girls and young women everywhere. To help them build confidence in their convictions. What has you most excited about the future? I’m super excited that we are on the tipping point of real change! And how that change will affect my daughter's opportunities, and the opportunities of women everywhere. With the recent women’s movements and with our first woman Vice President, the tide is turning. The next generation is watching and soaking it in, and I believe we will continue to experience this shift in equality for all women.

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B Corp Klean Kanteen

What Does B Corp Mean to You?

We asked a couple members of our team what working for a B Corp means to them. March is B Corp month and Klean Kanteen is proud to be a Certified B Corp. From the products we make to the nonprofit partnerships we forge and and the way we show up in our communities, B Corps are on a mission to make a positive impact.

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Made for Life: Products Built to Last

Made for Life: Products Built to Last

Every time you use your Kanteen, you’re taking a stand against disposable design. Using a Klean Kanteen regularly for just three years can prevent a lot of single-use waste. Manufacturing a long-lasting product has an environmental footprint, we encourage you to use the same bottle for as long as possible.

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One Percent for the Planet

One Percent for the Planet

Klean Kanteen forges nonprofit partnerships with organizations that are doing vital work, bringing benefit to people and planet. A key partner in our efforts to give back to our communities by supporting on-the-ground action is 1% for the Planet, an organization that brings together businesses and nonprofits so they can make a bigger impact.

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Climate Neutral Certified

Climate Neutral Certified

A Letter From Our Owners Words: Klean Kanteen / Images: Rudy Alceda Since the beginning, being a force for good has driven everything we do at Klean Kanteen. We’ve worked tirelessly to build awareness surrounding the unnecessary waste and harmful impacts single-use items and plastics have on our environment. We’ve seen the conversation surrounding sustainability change through the years and we’ve witnessed the positive impact individuals and businesses can make through leading by example. Today, we’re pleased to announce the next step in our goal of being the best environmental steward we can be by joining forces with Climate Neutral to achieve a carbon neutral footprint as of February, 2020.Using an independent and rigorous certification program, Climate Neutral verifies a company has achieved carbon neutrality for their entire greenhouse gas footprint through a combination of emissions reductions and offsets. Like many companies that produce consumer goods, raw material production, manufacturing and transportation are Klean’s biggest emission sources. We are reducing these emissions by engaging our factory partners to increase use of renewable energy. In addition, we’ve made reductions in packaging material use, increased packaging recycled content, and our team continues to analyze and plan for future emissions reductions across our business operation.We know emissions reduction is the most important action for tackling climate change. While offsets are not a strategy in and of themselves, purchasing offsets is a meaningful action we can take immediately as we work toward reductions that require more time. As long as offset procurement is part of Klean’s climate strategy, we will ensure our investments meet the criteria for quality offsets: real, permanent, quantifiable, verifiable, enforceable, and additional; and verified by an independent, third-party.As business owners, we recognize the effect producing and shipping goods can have on the climate and have been working to measure and reduce our carbon footprint since early 2009. Together with Climate Neutral, we have publicly measured, reduced and offset our carbon emissions because it’s the right thing to do for current and future generations. We are now 100% carbon neutral in our manufacturing and delivery of products worldwide.Social responsibility is a guiding principle in every decision we make at Klean Kanteen as a family and employee-owned company. We are committed to continually reducing our impact on our environment, especially as we grow. Going forward, you’ll see a Certified Climate Neutral logo on all new Klean Kanteen products to empower socially conscious purchasing. This is our way of paying it forward because we believe a responsible business is one that gives more than it takes. What is Climate Neutral? Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization working to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world by recruiting companies to publicly measure, reduce, and offset their carbon emissions. Klean has completed a rigorous three-step process and are now 100% carbon neutral in the manufacture and delivery of our products worldwide. "We are committed to continually reducing our impact on our environment, especially as we grow."

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In Good Company: Ohio River Cleanup

In Good Company: Ohio River Cleanup

A couple of Klean’s team members took on the challenge to fly to Ohio and join forces with In Good Company to comb through the Ohio River, one of the most polluted rivers in the U.S. 

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Klean headquarters is solar powered

Inside Klean: Powered by Solar

From our lights to our computers to our Sierra Nevada filled kegerator, Klean Kanteen headquarters is powered by the clean California sun! 216 high-efficiency panels generate 141,323 kW of power. That is more than enough to run our entire operation including the in-house print shop.  The extra power generated by the solar array will be fed back into the energy grid resulting in a 107% energy offset.

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B Corp Spotlight: Indosole

B Corp Spotlight: Indosole

We caught up with our inspiring friends and fellow B Corp Indosole to chat about their burgeoning business and find out how they are trying to change consumer behaviour.

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