They are piled in our landfills, tossed along the side of the road and exposing us to harmful chemicals, yet plastic drink bottles are still sold at an overwhelming pace. Currently, U.S. residents buy a half billion plastic water bottles a week! The ease of being able to grab a bottle of water on the go is a bonus for many people who are busy and want what they think is a healthy drink. However, the plastic bottle can contain harmful chemicals, and often the water inside is no better than the tap water that comes out of your kitchen faucet. In fact, some bottled spring water actually is tap water. The good news is that since 2004, Klean Kanteen has been offering people a solution that is just as convenient, healthier for you and your family, and good for the environment, too. The Klean Kanteen line of stainless steel drink containers is the perfect solution for providing healthy portable beverages for your family while also making the best choice for our planet.
Since Klean Kanteen released their first bottle, they have stuck to their promise to provide BPA-free 18/8 stainless steel products that are toxin and chemical free. When their first bottle was produced, the only other options available were polycarbonate plastic bottles or aluminum bottles lined with unhealthy materials such as epoxy or plastic resin. Today, Klean Kanteen offers a wide variety of bottles for every use, from coffee containers to baby bottles and every type of container in between, all of them handmade and still 100% stainless steel. Why is it so important that the bottles be made out of stainless steel? There are many other companies that make reusable bottles, but if the bottles are aluminum or have an interior lining, they may contain chemicals or toxins that leech into your drink and expose your body to unhealthy substances every time you take a drink. These other bottles also may give your drink a funny taste.
Klean Kanteen maintains that stainless steel is safe for use with food and drink products, and is in fact used by many in the food industry. Stainless steel is composed of the earth’s naturally occurring minerals and elements such as chromium, nickel and manganese. The 18/8 ratio for all Klean Kanteen bottles represents the percentage of chromium and nickel in the stainless steel – 18% chromium and 8% nickel, which helps make the steel strong and virtually rustproof and stain proof. This means that any Klean Kanteen bottle will be easy to clean, long-lasting, portable, healthy to use and healthy for the environment due to the resulting reduction of plastic water bottle waste in our landfills.
Production of the Klean Kanteen bottles is a source of pride for the owners of the company, who stand behind their decision to use production facilities based in China. The company works to ensure that the facilities are reducing waste, operating efficiently, using the best materials and providing a fair trade work environment for local workers. In fact, many of the local workers consider their jobs at Klean Kanteen's factories to be some of the best jobs available.
Since the first bottle was produced in 2004, the simple but effective Kanteen Classic, the company has expanded their offerings to include wide mouth bottles, insulated bottles and bottles just for kids, including stainless steel baby bottles. They also introduced a line of colorful bottles painted with a safe acrylic paint that has no toxins or lead. Klean Kanteen also provides customers with a choice of bottle toppers, either stainless steel or safe polypropylene plastic that has no harmful effects on liquids or people.
As tempting as it may be to grab a bottle of water as you head out the door, it's just as easy to carry a Klean Kanteen with your favorite drink to the office, during your workout or as a portable drink for thirsty kids. It's one small, easy change that could make a big difference for both your family's health and for the health of the planet.