Klean Kanteen Special Edition Bottles

Klean Kanteen is part of a growing marketing trend that supports earth-friendly causes with a percentage of the profits from their product sales. (Think TOMS shoes – for each pair purchased, they send one to a child in need; or Boxed Water, which sends ten percent of its profits to world water relief foundations and another ten percent to reforestation efforts.) Klean Kanteen currently has two Special Edition bottles. A small percent of the profits from the sale of each goes toward the support of the causes these bottles represent.

Klean Kanteen: The Plastiki Expedition

You may remember The Plastiki from a previous blog post. This boat is made from plastic bottles and is now in the final week of its epic ocean voyage from the San Francisco Bay to Sidney, Australia. The purpose of this three-month expedition is to raise environmental awareness – to alert people about the dangers of environmental waste and global warming. Klean Kanteen’s place in this equation is quite appropriate, as this vessel, like the Plastiki, is a reminder of the dangers of plastic waste – much of which is attributed to bottled water. By purchasing a Klean Kanteen, you can cut down on bottled water and the waste it creates. Even better – by purchasing a Klean Kanteen Plastiki Special Edition bottle, you can simultaneously support the Plastiki’s voyage and mission, since $8 from the sale of each bottle goes toward her cause.

Klean Kanteen: Fill. Drink. Repeat

Fill. Drink. Repeat. This is the basic process whereby owners of the Klean Kanteen (or any other reusable stainless steel water bottle) stay hydrated. These bottles were designed by Shepard Fairey’s Studio No. 1 for the launch of SHFT and feature the original “Fill. Drink. Repeat.” artwork. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of these bottles goes to water.org (a well-known water charity co-founded by Matt Damon.)  Not only do you get a cool product that helps you cut down on plastic waste. You also get the satisfaction of providing safe, clean drinking water to those who don’t have access to it. So take a sip of the filtered tap water in your Klean Kanteen “Fill. Drink. Repeat.” Special Edition bottle, sit back, relax, and watch the world change.

“Eco-Friendly” Bottled Water? Part Two: Paper (Well, almost)

Part one of this series on “eco-friendly” bottled water introduced you to bioplastics.  We now continue with paper.  Drink up.  And don’t forget to plant a tree when you’re done.

Paper Bottle

Design firm, Brand Image has created the 360 bottle – a disposable water bottle made out of recyclable paper.  With a one-of-a-kind design, this bottle is likely to attract consumers, but is less likely to find its way into a recycling bin after use – making it just as wasteful as recyclable plastic.

h20 :: Natural Spring Water

“Save the planet one drink at a time…” One writer calls this greenwashed nonsense,” and I might have to agree.  h20 is packaged in a carton that is “mostly paper,” but that contains aluminum, plastic, and other materials that make it very difficult to recycle.  Although its rectangular shape makes transporting more efficient and saves energy, this product still contributes to environmental degradation in ways that filtered tap water in a reusable stainless steel bottle simply wouldn’t.

Boxed Water

Similar to the h20 brand, 76 percent of the Boxed Water container is made from a renewable resource – trees.  Again, because the packages can be flattened and shipped to fillers, transporting Boxed Water is much more efficient than transporting plastic or glass bottles.  But is Boxed Water Really Better? The company claims that it will give ten percent of its profits to world water relief foundations, and another ten percent to reforestation efforts.  These practices have yet to be officially implemented since the inception of the Boxed Water brand in 2008 – but according to the website, they “can’t wait to start giving!”  And, is ten percent really enough to recover all of the losses from the deforestation required by the manufacturing of this product?  Nice try, Boxed Water, but at this point, my vote still goes to the reusable stainless steel container – it’s just as convenient, less costly, and less wasteful.