To build a reusable water bottle that changes the way people drink (and think), Klean Kanteen had to create something vastly superior to aluminum and plastic bottles, especially the single-use kind.
We've always been stainless. Before Klean Kanteen, hydration bottles were made from either polycarbonate plastic or aluminum. We now know that both those materials are associated with a host of diseases and illnesses, info that wasn't common knowledge in 2004 when we released the first food-grade stainless bottle onto the market. But there were studies, even then, that worried us and caused us to doubt the safety of the existing bottles on the market.
The founders of Klean Kanteen wanted to give health conscious people a safe alternative to plastic and aluminum. So the very first Klean Kanteen was made from high quality, 18/8, food-grade stainless steel – a metal superior in both strength and safety that contains no harmful chemicals or toxins.
Now all those other companies that started out making plastic or aluminum bottles are crowing about their new stainless bottles. We got it right the first time because health has always been our top priority.
You don't pay for pretty. We offer a wide array of gorgeous colors and we use a safe, lead-free, acrylic paint. Fancy graphics often require complex processes and extra materials, which make them expensive to produce.
We invest in the highest quality materials and in designing a functional, durable bottle. Occasionally, we do release special edition bottles with graphics that promote projects, events and causes we believe in, which are in-line with our philosophy of health, sustainability and environmental awareness. But even then, our graphics are still printed with the same nontoxic paints at facilities that are committed to strong environmental standards.
We don't cut corners with cheap materials. Klean Kanteen bottles have two types of thread designs, internal threads on the Classic bottles and external threads on the Wide bottles. Both types of threads are made using 100% stainless steel, not plastic or aluminum.