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

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 and her excitement for the future.

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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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Minimalist Meal Planning: Vegan and Easy Meal Prep Ideas

Minimalist Meal Planning: Vegan and Easy Meal Prep Ideas

We are proud to feature a fun, simple recipe video from Klean Ambassador Jhánneu, an advocate for intentional and low impact living, in a minimalist and low waste lifestyle. She shares some of her favorite tips for kitchen prep with 3 simple, vegan meals, packing them on-the-go in our Klean Food Solutions.

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Partner Spotlight: OARS

Partner Spotlight: OARS

Have you heard of OARS? Since 2014 Klean Kanteen has been a proud partner with OARS to help eliminate single use products while exploring our beautiful rivers and beyond. Learn more below on who they are and their history of supporting both conservation and river stewardship.

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Build Your Own Mezcal Marinated Fajitas Recipe

Build Your Own Mezcal Marinated Fajitas for On-the-Go

We teamed up with Klean Ambassador Brett Edwards and friends for a fun on-the-go recipe of Mezcal Marinated Fajitas. Perfect for lunch or dinner on the beach or any adventure, transported in our steel lunch boxes and insulated food canisters. Watch the video recipe for step-by-step instructions, along with some awesome scenery from the Oregon coast!

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Valentines Day - Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Easy Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Strawberry Recipe

Klean’s passionate about a lot of things, but this time of year we find ourselves loving all things sweet, and we’re hoping everyone else is on the same page as us. For Valentine’s Day we decided to share one of favorite recipes for sugary treats, chocolate covered strawberries!

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Reimaging To-Go in Thailand

Reimagining To-Go in Thailand

Food is a global language that brings people together and inspires connection. At Klean we are fortunate enough to have partners all over the world who join us in our mission to help eliminate single-use waste. Catch up with our friends in Thailand for a fun look at how families are reimagining to-go.

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Everyday Food Solutions: Family, Community and Sustainable Agriculture

Everyday Food Solutions: Family, Community and Sustainable Agriculture

Klean Food Solutions are inspired by stories of people who reimagine the role clean, healthy food plays in their lives. Farmer, Amanda Scott and her family run 63rd Street Farm in Boulder County, Colorado. With a focus on sustainability and education, they take pride in offering everyday food solutions for their community.

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Flyfishing in Oregon

There is No Dream Destination

What's behind the relentlessness of those who are drawn to the outdoors? Join Klean Ambassador Brett Edwards as he captures the story of friend Boomer Olivas on a journey across the globe, stringing one passion for the outdoors in to another.

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New Leakproof Twist Cap with Reusable Straw

New Leakproof Twist Cap with Reusable Straw

The Twist Cap reinvents the Klean Kanteen drinking experience and features a built-in stainless steel straw and leakproof lid when twisted shut. Great for sports, fitness, and active lifestyles, the best water bottles for your everyday routine just got even better!

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Rising Routes by Klean Ambassador Jason Swann

Rising Routes: Shrinking Divides Through Adventure

Klean Ambassador and Outdoor Afro leader Jason Swann explains his formation of Rising Routes, an organization embarking on a journey to shrink humanity’s ever-deepening divides through adventure, common ground, and celebrated individuality.

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In Search of the Fifth Gear

In Search of the Fifth Gear

Join Klean Ambassador Sean Jansen as he shares a vulnerable embark on a road to recovery, in search of his "fifth gear" to life. What started as an exercise, would soon become a vital escape.

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Holiday Hot Toddy in Thermos and Cup

Holiday Hot Toddy Recipe

Looking for a holiday favorite Hot Toddy cocktail? We have a great recipe for a perfect night. Bring out the cozy blankets, fuzzy slippers, and our favorite nightcap. We may be biased, but we think it's best paired with our TKPro thermos and 8oz Tumbler cup.

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Hard Pressed: A Family Adventure in Apple Picking

Hard Pressed: A Family Adventure in Apple Picking

Klean Ambassador Jessica Medeiros takes us on a fun family adventure to her local orchard, Hard Pressed Cider Company, for a favorite autumn tradition: apples, cider and a picnic in the country, with our bottles and cups by her side.

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A Culture of Collaboration

A Culture of Collaboration

Our people are what make us tick and we like to think of Klean as being closer to a family than anything else. At Klean, we have built a company culture that fosters trust, instills respect, and creates inspiration. Caring for our people is as easy as breathing. It comes naturally because it’s derived from love.

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Ernesto Sernas Inspiring Everyone to Get Outside Through Photography

Inspiring Everyone to Get Outside Through Photography

Klean Ambassador and photographer Ernesto Sernas gives us a look at the outdoor space through the eyes of a first generation freelance photographer. Advocating for participation from the BIPOC community, his passion for the outdoors began unexpectedly and has transformed into an art form he hopes will inspire others.

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Vote for the Environment

Vote for the Environment

At Klean we’re committed to protecting the wild places we love. The great outdoors provide so much for us in the way of adventure and inspiration, so it's only fair that we do our part to preserve mother nature. We support two nonpartisan voter initiatives #TimetoVote and #VotetheOutdoors.

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How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

If you're looking to get a little creative with your pumpkin journey this year, we have a yummy recipe for a pumpkin spice smoothie that you can whip up on those days where it’s just a tad too hot for a latte. A cold smoothie goes great with our 16oz or 20oz TKWide Bottles and Straw Lid.

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Best Travel Mug for Tea

How to Make Your Own Indoor Tea Garden

As we head to cooler months, you wake up and grab your favorite mug and start easing yourself into the new day. So why not make things fun and make your own tea from scratch? Learn to grown your own indoor tea garden, with a recipe for herbal tea! Don't forget your insulated mug or tumbler cup from Klean.

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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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Klean Kanteens in Central Park

Finding Nature in New York City

Klean Ambassador and photographer Atticus Radley shares his thoughts on escaping to nature, even while living in New York City. Finding space where you can connect with your environment, even in one of the biggest cities in the world, is actually not as hard as it seems. If you're willing to look for it.

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The Unknown Nearby

The Unknown Nearby

Klean Ambassador Cayte Bosler shares her experiences and explorations during the COVID pandemic. Even if travel plans may change dramatically, we can still find solace in nature and the outdoors, and positives in our own unknown backyard. 

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Rio Rica: American Rivers Film

Rio Rica: A Journey on the Little Snake River

As summer comes to a close, let Klean Kanteen and our partner American Rivers introduce you to a lesser known river you’ll surely love. Rio Rica combines stunning scenery with insightful commentary. Join Rica Fulton on a journey down the Little Snake River. 

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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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Partner Spotlight: 5 Gyres

Partner Spotlight: 5 Gyres

Partner Spotlight: 5 Gyres Words: Klean Kanteen / Images: 5 Gyres It's Plastic Free July! For Klean Kanteen, this month of action is a great way to recommit to one of our four core pillars: preventing plastic pollution. Each year, humans produce about 400 million tonnes of plastic, and less than 10% of that gets recycled. We’re proud to partner with 5 Gyres Institute, a nonprofit that is dedicated to empowering action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution. What does 5 Gyres do? Founded in 2009, 5 Gyres uses science, education, and adventure to fight against plastic pollution and inspire positive change. Co-founders Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins met on a sailing expedition to research pollution in the North Pacific Gyre (click here to learn about gyres if you don’t already know!), where they decided to dedicate their lives to solving the global problems with plastic.Over the years, Marcus and the 5 Gyres team have researched, written, and published over 25 peer-reviewed scientific studies. They were among the first to identify microfibers and coin the term, “plastic smog.” Their research has led to numerous policy changes, including the Microbeads-Free Water Act of 2015. More recently, 5 Gyres teamed up with the San Francisco Estuary Institute to conduct a three year project aimed at measuring microplastic levels in the San Francisco Bay.The work that 5 Gyres does has always been rooted in science and data. They invented their own trawlers and tools for measuring plastic pollution and are among the leading researchers who collect and track global data on both macro and micro plastics. They’ve led 19 research expeditions in all 5 subtropical gyres as well as several of the world’s lakes and rivers. In 2017, the United Nations Economic and Social Council named 5 Gyres as special consultants to help with Sustainable Development Goal #14. Klean Co-owner Jeff Cresswell picks up plastic pieces on the beach as part of a 5 Gyres Expedition.   How Klean Kanteen Makes An Impact With 5 Gyres For both Klean Kanteen and 5 Gyres, the movement against plastic pollution is about more than keeping our planet clean. It’s about community, and the wellbeing of all people who live on this planet, too. We love that 5 Gyres includes compassion, equity, and fun in their core values, because that’s what we value, too!As our Nonprofit Outreach Manager Caroleigh Pierce puts it, “5 Gyres was really one of the first organizations to bring people together to collaborate on campaigns and use a collective voice for change.” We get to work together with 5 Gyres on collaborative campaigns, like #BreakFreeFromPlastic, an international movement fighting plastic pollution while sharing the common values of environmental protection and social justice. 5 Gyres’ community collaboration was also instrumental in the #BeadFree movement that resulted in legislation banning microbeads in personal care products across the US. 5 Gyres sailed from Bali to Komodo in Indonesia, studying plastic pollution and picking up garbage in the oceans. Volunteers send a message with plastic found on the 5 Gyres' Coral Triangle Expedition.   We have worked with 5 Gyres since 2012, advocating together for restoring healthy, plastic-free oceans. A number of our staff have joined crews of like-minded activists, scientists, and ocean lovers on multiple 5 Gyres expeditions to collect plastic, bolster legislation, inspire young minds, and spread the word about the severe damage caused by plastic in our oceans and waterways. A core piece of their work, the 5 Gyres expeditions offer an amazing opportunity to experience the science firsthand. Klean owner Jeff Cresswell says that his 2013 expedition to Bermuda was profoundly eye-opening, while Caroleigh Pierce says that her 2015 journey with 5 Gyres and Jack Johnson (during which he filmed the documentary Smog Of The Sea) was one of the most monumental experiences of her life. In order to bring this kind of education to the next generation in the movement against plastic pollution, we contributed to a scholarship that allowed a youth leader to go on an expedition with 5 Gyres. We also work with 5 Gyres to provide education and inspiration on land. Two of our Klean staff are 5 Gyres ambassadors who speak at lectures, present at fun and educational events, participate in online campaigns, and create inspirational content to fight plastic pollution. Together with 5 Gyres, we work together to build relationships across brands and nonprofits in the industry to help find better solutions to plastic pollution. One of our favorite projects with 5 Gyres is the Project Green Challenge Finals, hosted by our partner Turning Green. The project brings youth leaders from around the world who are working on environmental conservation projects in their own community to learn, connect, and grow their ideas. Klean partners Surfrider and Lonely Whale have participated in this project as well. Our partnership with 5 Gyres is a perfect example of how we try to go beyond the check when it comes to giving back." Caroleigh Pierce, Klean Nonprofit Outreach Manager and 5 Gyres Ambassador. 5 Gyres works towards solutions to the problem of plastic pollution. Klean Nonprofit Outreach Manager, and 5 Gyres Ambassador, Caroleigh Pierce collects samples on an expedition. What Working With 5 Gyres Means to Us Working with 5 Gyres is an incredible partnership for Klean. Not only do we get to collaborate closely with like-minded folks and build relationships across industries, it’s also an important way that we get to support real change. Unlike us, 5 Gyres has the scientific research and leverage needed to put pressure on corporations and governments to make lasting policy changes.  As Marcus Eriksen points out in an interview with Business Green, “what’s needed is extended producer responsibility: if you make something with plastic, you’ve got to have a lifecycle plan for it.” Remediating plastic pollution through individual consumer action is a part of the solution, but alone, it cannot solve the bigger problem. We need policy to stem the flow of plastic and make sustainable personal choices more accessible for everyone.

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Sean Janse on Yellowstone Lake

The Caldron of the Sleeping Giant

Klean Ambassador Sean Jansen embarks on an ambitious 3 day adventure to circumnavigate around Yellowstone Lake, over 100 miles, on a standup paddleboard. Sean shares photos and stories from his experience, with Klean bottles (and his fishing gear) faithfully by his side. 

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Mr. Kookbox Nole Cossart

Mr. Kookbox: Nole Cossart Builds 1930's Surfboards

We lent a hand to filmmaker Ben Weiland in bringing his new film, Mr. Kookbox to life. Weiland follows California surfer Nole Cossart as he builds, and then paddles his unlikely surfcraft, dubbed Kookboxes, into thumping Baja surf. Watch the film for some free stoke!   

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Checking In With Our Inspiring Global Partners

Checking In With Our Inspiring Global Partners

The Klean family extends from our Chico, CA headquarters to our operations overseas and our friends around the world. We're lucky to have inspiring partners from across the globe. We checked in with them during these crazy times, to see how are they taking care of themselves and their families.

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Meet the Artist Behind Our Illustrations

Meet the Artist Behind Our Illustrations

We recently connected with Megan Hillman Donovan, the talented illustrator behind our recent series of current event focused illustrations. Megan was kind enough to share some interesting behind the scenes details on her process and background as a creative. 

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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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Navigating the Great Indoors

Navigating the Great Indoors

We never thought we’d have to get so good at spending time indoors! Like any family, the team at Klean has a wide range of interests, tastes and hobbies. From NPR to Joe Rogan, The Roots to Khruangbin, check out the podcasts, songs, shows and apps that are keeping us sane, for the most part! We hope they bring you inspiration, and new ways to pass the time.

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Garbage on the Gallatin

Garbage on the Gallatin

Klean Ambassador Sean Jansen sets out to bike and fly fish all 142 miles of the Gallatin River in the Northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. Sean shares his thoughts on enjoying the great outdoors while dealing with all the single-use waste along the way. 

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Celebrating The B Corp Model

Celebrating The B Corp Model

March is B Corp month and Klean Kanteen is proud to be a Certified B Corp. The “benefit” part of our mission is a big deal to us. From the products we make to the nonprofit partnerships we forge and the way we show up in our communities, B Corps are on a mission to make a positive impact in the world.

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Elisabetta Piantoni with Klean in Iceland

Planning for the Unknown

Klean Ambassador and adventure photographer Elisabetta Piantoni sets out on an amazing trip to Iceland, and learns that the best laid plans rarely turn out as expected. But you can chose to accept the unknown and appreciate the beauty of experiences, with every moment, misadventure, and unforgettable memory along the way. 

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3 Ways to Upgrade Instant Soup

3 Ways to Upgrade Instant Soup

Instant soups are a staple for many backpacking meals. They're easy to prepare with just boiling water, and help warm cold bodies on chilly evenings. Klean Ambassador Jen Sotolongo makes three of her favorites into heartier soup meals for the trail, served in a Klean Kanteen of course.

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Easy Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipes

Easy Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipes

On late season hikes, Klean Ambassador Jen Sotolongo likes to bring along warm hot chocolate to keep the shivers at bay when she stops to enjoy the view. Enjoy some of her favorite homemade recipes, stored and poured with an Insulated TKPro.

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From Sand to Snow: A West Coast Road Trip

From Sand to Snow: A West Coast Road Trip

Klean Ambassador and photographer Matt Foley set out on a pretty epic West Coast road trip, with no real plan other than surfing, skating and snowboarding with friends in a hand crafted school bus. He shared stories and photos from the trip, fully-equipped with Klean Kanteens at his side of course.

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Tips on Making the Best Holiday Cocktail

Tips on Making the Best Holiday Cocktail

What better way to get into the spirit of the season than with throwing together the perfect holiday cocktail? We had a lot of fun trying out this new recipe for a midweek nightcap—because who doesn’t need one of those every once in a while? 

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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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15 Ways to Help Protect the Oceans and Coasts

15 Ways to Help Protect the Oceans and Coasts

In celebration of Klean Kanteen’s fifteenth anniversary as a family-owned company, we’ve collaborated with our longtime friends at the Surfrider Foundation to bring you fifteen ways to take action to protect the natural places you love.

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Orange Julep Recipe with Insulated TKPro

Grilled Orange Julep Cocktail

We teamed up with Klean Ambassador Brett Edwards and to make a fun fall cocktail that captures the flavors of the season. A Grilled Orange Julep Cocktail is a tasty treat any time of year, especially served ice cold with the TKPro.

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Klean Pub Crawl

Oktoberfest Beer Flight

To celebrate Oktoberfest, we took a little Klean pub crawl of our own, visiting a few of our favorite breweries around the country who are serving up more than just tasty brews, but also supporting our mission of reusable solutions.

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Plastic Free Road Trip

Plastic Free Road Trip

Klean Ambassador and photographer Atticus Radley recently did a road trip from NYC to Maine, with an attempt to go #plasticfree all weekend. He gave us an honest account of his experiences and challenges out on the road.

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Shooting the Chug

Shooting the Chug

Photoshoot day is always an exciting one for the creative team at Klean. It’s an excuse for us to get outside and share some fun experiences with like-minded folks. Learn more about how we shot the TKWide Chug Cap.

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