Measuring What Matters
The notion of environmental sustainability for Klean means first understanding all the ways we consume or impact environmental resources. With accurate data and information, we can effectively manage our impacts—locally and globally—so we use a fair share of the planet’s resources, and leave plenty for current and future generations. We will be thoughtful, ask questions, seek or create better options, and we will measure the impact of our choices on the world around us...because it matters!
What We Measure
We use a variety of criteria to measure, track, quantify, estimate and calculate many aspects of our business, including the following:
- Impacts of Product and Packaging Materials
- Impacts of Product and Packaging Manufacturing
- Product Distribution (from Suppliers to Distributors)
- Impacts of Product In Use Phase & End of Use (EOU)
- Klean Kanteen Facility and Vehicles
How We Measure Up
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
We assess impacts of product design and manufacturing from raw material to end of use, the total life cycle of our product.
The Higg Index allows us to assess Klean’s operations against best practices for environmental management. The Higg Index is being broadly adopted across the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the Outdoor Industry to implement a single, aligned approach to environmental management and reporting.
B Impact Assessment
As a certified B Corp, we assess company practices and performance using the B Impact assessment, which looks at governance, workers, community, environment, and impact of business model. Klean's B Impact Assessment score has risen each time.
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Limits and Standards
Klean goes beyond regulatory compliance and restricted substances lists (RSLs) to select and use safer materials in Klean products. We employ the chemical hazard assessment protocol known as GreenScreen® during the product development process to screen for hazards in significant product materials.
We publish a set of best practices in the Klean Brand Guidelines around material and vendor selection when creating marketing materials.
Code of Conduct
As a condition of doing business with Klean, suppliers will follow applicable laws for pollution prevention, waste management, and environmental health and safety (EHS).
We actively manage supplier selection and approval using assessment of environmental performance elements from the supplier Code of Conduct.
We rigorously manage material selection and approval according to a material qualifications process that includes regulatory compliance and chemical hazard assessments.
We routinely review past and present environmental performance and set goals to improve environmental management and outcomes.
Klean participates in activities and discussions to advance understanding and practice around measuring and managing toward environmental sustainability, including: Outdoor Industry Association’s sustainability working group, BizNGO Workgroup and Clean Production Action, and the B Corp movement.
Klean is member of the American Sustainable Business Council, with the goal of seeing full implementation of an amendment to the Clean Water Act. Advocacy and support for clean water includes engagement with Klean’s community of nonprofit partners, customers and colleagues.
Check out our brochure for even more detail on all of these key initiatives for our company. With accurate data, we constantly strive to more effectively manage the impact of our choices.