Company Profile: Klean Kanteen

I’ve found that there’s really only one area of the Co-op that can rival the riot of color found in the produce department and that has to be the Klean Kanteen display.   

Klean Kanteen is the original stainless steel water bottle producer.  Prior to Klean Kanteen, only plastic and aluminum water bottles were available.  The company was created in 2004 by Robert Seals and then passed on to the Cresswell family the following year.  Run by brother and sister, Jeff and Michelle, with the guidance of their father, Darrel, the company is still based in the Northern California town of Chico. 

Around 2007 the dangers of BPA in aluminum water bottles and in reusable plastic water bottles made the news.  Combine that with the discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch filled with many one-time use plastic water bottles in 2009 and customers fled to Klean Kanteen for a safe and environmentally-friendly alternative.  The company had to quickly grow to meet the surge in demand. 

Company Snapshot Founded in 2004 Based in Chico, California Privately/Family owned $25-$50 million in revenue 100-250 employees

Company Snapshot
Founded in 2004
Based in Chico, California
Privately/Family owned
$25-$50 million in revenue
100-250 employees

In addition to designing and manufacturing their original single-walled stainless steel water bottles, the company now offers vacuum insulated bottles and food canisters, baby bottles, various caps/lids, carabiners, bike cages, and water bottle slings.

Klean Kanteen is a Certified B Corporation, which means it is meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. 

It is also a member of 1% for the Planet, which means they are committed to donating at least 1% of annual sales to non-profit organizations working to protect, preserve and restore the natural environment.

Klean Kanteen’s goal is “to provide affordable, safe, healthy, high quality products and accessories and to promote and encourage health, sustainability and environmental awareness.”

Amy Newsome can almost always be seen carrying a stainless steel water bottle carried in a cross body sling.  She can attest to the habit forming nature of carrying a stainless steel water bottle when she experienced extreme angst recently after she left hers in a downtown Seattle hotel’s workout room, never to be seen again.