Recycled Steel

Recycled Steel: We're All In!

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 18/8 stainless steel. That’s right. Soon our products will be made almost entirely of recycled material. Here is the plan:

Spring 2022

We will begin manufacturing our TKWide and Straw lines from certified recycled steel.

Summer 2022

Next up, the Classic and Vacuum Insulated Classic collections.

Early 2023

In less than two years, 95% of our products will be made from certified recycled stainless steel.

90% Recycled Steel
Keep an eye out for this icon on product coming in 2022!

This is Huge

Switching to recycled stainless steel will result in a:

40% Reduction in Steel Greenhouse Gas Emissions
30% Reduction in Energy Demand
60% Reduction in Ecosystem Impacts

Third-Party Verification

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 certifier whose certification seal will be on all packaging. In addition, a “90% Recycled Steel” icon will be engraved on each Klean Kanteen product made with certified recycled steel.


Intertek Certified

Frequently Asked Questions

Define “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.

Tell me more about Intertek.

Intertek is a third party recycled content verification entity. FAQ’s pertaining to their services can be found here.

Klean Kanteen Recycled Steel