One Big Family
We’ve always been more comfortable sitting around a campfire than a boardroom table, more at home on the
trail than the corporate treadmill. So how did we end up launching a global company and starting a revolution?
It’s hard to imagine that back in the early 2000s you couldn’t buy a reusable, stainless steel water bottle in the United States. Plastic was pretty much your only option. When we sold the first BPA- free stainless steel bottles in 2004, we figured a few folks might be into them. Today, reusable water bottles and coffee mugs are everywhere. Klean Kanteen has become an international brand and has inspired dozens of other companies to make reusable stainless steel products. We don’t mind. When it comes to kicking plastic, we’re all in this together.
Along the way, we’ve remained a family- and employee-owned company. Turning down investor dollars isn’t always easy, but the freedom to stay true to our principles is worth it. If we want to share our profits with organizations we believe in, we can (and do). If we want to spend a few years developing a ground-breaking nontoxic, chip-resistant powder coat finish, we can (and did). From the very beginning, Klean Kanteens have been built with love- to love of adventure, the love of conserving wild places and the love of replacing single-use plastic.
Jeff Cresswell and Michelle Kalberer