As a family and employee-owned company, we’ve never been afraid to go all in on big ideas, but this might be our boldest move yet. We are switching to certified 90% post-consumer recycled 18/8 stainless steel!
We're Making A Change.
Impact Reduction Is Our Goal
Many of our products are manufactured using certified 90% post-consumer recycled 18/8 stainless steel. And we’re not stopping there! By 2023, 95% of our products will be made from recycled steel. This change will result in some substantial impact reductions.
Always Strong As Steel
In order to maintain our above industry safety and quality standards and deliver on our Strong-as-Steel™ guarantee, we partnered with Intertek, a third-party quality assurance provider. Keep an eye out for their certification seal along with our “90% Recycled Steel” icon on the packaging of all Klean Kanteen products made with certified recycled steel.
What are “ecosystem impacts” ?
“Ecosystem Impacts” refers to impacts that damage ecosystem health as modeled using life-cycle assessment (LCA) for the following four categories: freshwater eutrophication, terrestrial acidification, marine eutrophication, and land use.
What products will not be made with certified recycled stainless steel
All products except TKPro will be made with 90% certified recycled stainless steel. Klean Kanteen sourced ample materials for TKPro prior to the inception of its recycled steel project. The intent is to use existing sourced materials and transition to making the TKPro with certified recycled steel down the road.
Why isn’t Klean Kanteen making the move to using 100% certified recycled stainless steel?
To reach desired 18/8 stainless steel properties, 10% of pure materials must be present; this 10% of virgin steel maintains hardness, density, and thickness. Note: while Klean Kanteen uses 10% virgin steel, that 10% is virgin scrap from other production projects. Yet another way Klean Kanteen provides zero waste solutions.
Define the breakdown and source of stainless steel materials used in Klean Kanteen products.
Klean Kanteen products are made with 90% post-consumer certified recycled stainless steel which comprises of reclaimed industrial stainless steel equipment, and domestic/ daily life products (i.e., kitchen appliances, tableware, etc.). The remaining 10% is “pure” or pre-consumer stainless steel inclusive of scraps from the production of other products.
Is recycled steel safe to drink out of?
Yes. All Klean Kanteen products are made from high quality, 18/8, food-grade stainless steel and undergo the same rigorous regulatory testing.
Is Klean Kanteen the first in the industry to use certified recycled stainless steel?
To our knowledge, Klean Kanteen is the first reusable water bottle and food solutions brand to use 90% post-consumer certified recycled steel. Many other companies use recycled steel (RE: Swedish 304) that contains lower levels of post-consumer content and are not third party certified. However, Klean Kanteen is the first to guarantee a specific percentage of certified post-consumer recycled content in its products.