We focus on issues that align with our mission, values, and passions.
We support organizations that are doing vital work in the following areas:
We work with groups that are actively addressing land and water-based pollution through research, education, and policy change.
We partner with organizations that advocate for safe consumer products. Their research, education, and advocacy inspires us and informs our product development.
Land & Water Conservation
We support organizations that are working to protect and preserve the wild places we love.
We engage with organizations that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to love and protect wild places.
In 2016 we're focusing our efforts on three issues that are core to who we are and what we do: access to clean water, reducing single-use waste, and celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks.
If tap water isn’t clean and safe, people can’t rely on reusable vessels to stay hydrated. Because clean drinking water starts at the source, Klean partners with organizations like American Rivers to address the issues around polluted waterways.
Single Use Waste
At Klean, we’re working to create solutions to the problem of single-use waste. Our solutions start with products designed to replace things like single served packaged water and to-go cups and extend to partnerships with organizations that work to educate, raise awareness, inspire new behavior and reduce the waste that’s already out there, like 5Gyres and Clean Water Fund.
National Parks Centennial
National Parks serve as gateways to outdoor experiences for millions of people every year, fostering love and appreciation for wild places. Klean is thrilled to “bring benefit to places we play” by supporting NatureBridge, OutdoorAfro, and the Conservation Alliance, in their efforts to connect people with the outdoors and promote stewardship and preservation.
Through 1% For the Planet, we’ve contributed more than $1.5 million to environmental organizations that are dedicated to preserving and restoring wild places.
Klean has been a longtime partner with 5 Gyres, a global leader in the effort to research aquatic plastic pollution—and advocate for and restore healthy, plastic-free oceans. This past year, we joined a crew of like-minded activists, scientists, and ocean lovers in the 5 Gyres SEA Change expedition, to collect plastic, bolster legislation, inspire young minds, and spread the word about the severe damage caused by plastic in our oceans and waterways.
It was an incredible opportunity to witness the problem first hand—and a powerful reminder that we don’t just make bottles, we’re equipping the world with solutions.
The original Klean Kanteen was inspired by a desire to create a water bottle that was completely free of the toxins found in plastic bottles and lined aluminum vessels.
So, we’re proud to support the Breast Cancer Fund in its mission to eliminate environmental toxins that have been linked to breast cancer—including chemicals found in plastics and synthetic liners.
Our own Michelle Kalberer (Klean’s co-owner) participated in Climb Against the Odds, a fundraising climb to the top of Mount Shasta that inspires and celebrates survivors, commemorates those who have lost their fight with cancer, and supports Breast Cancer Funds important research and advocacy work.
We support American Rivers in their work protecting and restoring river ecosystems (more than 150,000 river miles to date) and conserving clean water for people and nature.
From ensuring clean water sources, to revitalizing fish and wildlife habitat, to improving opportunities for river recreation, their work aligns with our mission, values, and passions at Klean.
Remember the moment when you fell in love with the outdoors? We do too. That’s why support NatureBridge in providing environmental education to youth in national parks since 1971.
Their biggest endeavor yet, the National Environmental Science Center in Yosemite National Park, will help connect youth to our treasured parks and inspire a commitment to stewardship and conservation for generations to come.