As part of a company commitment to environmental responsibility and material safety, Klean Kanteen is proud to unveil Klean Coat™, a chip-resistant, durable powder coat finish developed with the support of an advanced chemical hazard assessment tool known as GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals (GreenScreen®). Klean’s 2018 collection features a vibrant new palette of Klean Coat colors inspired by nature and the world we live in.
The family-owned company introduced the first stainless-steel, BPA-free, reusable bottle in 2004 as a safe, durable alternative to single-use, plastic water bottles. Today, with the introduction of Klean Coat, Klean Kanteen continues to innovate using the Klean Design philosophy. With a cradle to grave approach, end of life considerations and rigorous environmental and socially responsible design and manufacturing processes, environmental performance is core to company operations, rather than aspirational.
Danielle Cresswell, Sustainability Manager, commented, “Klean’s interest in connections between business and the environment drives our thinking and our practice. Klean Coat is a great example. The original finish on our Kanteens worked well, but over time we noticed the rough and tumble life our bottles lead could diminish the integrity of the coating and result in premature replacement. This didn’t sit well with us; the environmental demand to make a Kanteen is not excessive but also not insignificant, especially when considering annual production volumes. More frequent replacement means more Kanteens being produced than necessary to displace a lifetime of single-use plastic. To address this we are moving to powder coating, a known durable surface coating. We went a step further by going beyond regulatory compliance as the measure of safety for our new finish. Klean Coat is not only chip-resistant and durable; the formula has been rigorously assessed for hazards to human and environmental health using the GreenScreen chemical hazard assessment tool. The end result is a beautiful, durable finish formulated with a safer chemistry for people and the planet. That’s something to celebrate.”
Developed by the non-profit Clean Production Action, the science-based chemical hazard assessment methodology known as GreenScreen allows manufacturers to identify chemicals of high concern and make decisions to replace them with safer alternatives in an effort to move towards safer chemistry in the final product. Klean Kanteen utilized GreenScreen in its material qualification process for Klean Coat as a way to rigorously examine all of the chemicals proposed for use in their new finish and ultimately objectively inform and drive selection of safer options while avoiding chemicals of high concern in the final product.
“We are more committed than ever to measuring what matters most and reducing our impact on the environment”, said Jim Osgood, Klean Kanteen President and CEO. “In the years ahead, we hope that Klean’s work with GreenScreen will encourage other manufacturers to make the selection of product materials in the interest of human and environmental health a standard operating procedure.”
Klean Coat is available on all 2018 products. To learn more about Klean Coat and the GreenScreen process visit www.kleankanteen.com/kleancoat
About Klean Kanteen
A leader in BPA-free, stainless steel drinkware and food transport, Klean Kanteen is family owned and operated, with distribution in 40-plus countries worldwide. With environmental stewardship and fair labor central to the company’s philosophy, Klean Kanteen is in Business for Good™. A 1% for the Planet member, Klean is committed to donating at least 1% of net revenue to qualified nonprofit organizations focused on environmental work, and has donated $1.5 million to date. In 2012, Klean Kanteen proudly became a B Corporation, certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit www.kleankanteen.com.
About Clean Production Action
Clean Production Action designs and delivers strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally preferable products.
CPA’s unique role is to translate the systems-based vision of clean production into the tools and strategies NGOs, governments and businesses need to advance green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally preferable products. Critical to CPA’s success is working closely with existing networks across the globe, developing new partnerships, learning about emerging technological trends and associated environmental health problems, and developing and communicating essential solutions. It is this combination of collaboration, empowerment and advocacy for a clearly defined vision that is key to achieving the fundamental transformations necessary in our economy. For more information, please visit www.cleanproduction.org