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.

The Plastiki Boat: A New Kind of Bottle Plastic Recycling

The Plastiki.  It’s not just any boat.  It’s a boat housing a crew on a mission to raise awareness in order to solve the problem of plastic waste and its harm on our environment.  This may seem like nothing special, but there’s more to the equation.

The boat is made out of recycled plastic – more specifically, recycled PET (a material used in most plastic bottles) and an experimental fabric called self-reinforcing PET (srPET), woven from PET fibers.  The Plastiki’s 60-foot-long hull is made from 12,500 plastic 2-liter bottles which are squeezed and filled with 12 grams of powdered dry ice, then capped and heat sealed with recycled plastic.  The dry ice turns into a gas and pressurizes the bottles with carbon dioxide.  As the boat moves, water runs between the bottles. The boat’s 60-foot-high mast is an irrigation pipe, with a camera attached.

This two-ton boat travels an average speed of five knots (which is the same as an average jogger) and can travel up to 200 miles a day.  Powered by wind turbines, solar panels and two stationary bicycle generators used by the crew for exercise, the Plastiki is currently on a 10,000-mile Pacific voyage from San Francisco, CA to Australia.  The crew is using this time to explore environmental hotspots filled with marine debris, plastic pollution and damaged coral reef, drawing attention to the harm that plastic waste causes to the environment.

The crew is living quite the “green” lifestyle during this voyage, which will take several months.  Fresh food is grown in a hydroponic vertical garden attached to the back mast and watered with urine, along with a sprout garden for growing herbs.  No refrigeration on board means that food is dehydrated or canned, and there is a gas stove to cook hot meals.   A freshwater catchment system in the cabin top collects rainwater for drinking and washing.  A vacuum water evaporator also desalinates sea water, turning it in to drinking water.  The cabin, which is removable for land use, houses a composting toilet that uses earthworms and coconut husks to break down waste.

Before you attempt to ponder the ironic symbolism of a plastic boat keeping a crew of anti-plastic environmentalists afloat on the vast Pacific Ocean, visit the official Plastiki website to track the voyage, view photos and videos, and read the crew’s blog.  If you decide that saving the planet is important, you can go to My Plastiki to make a pledge to reduce plastic waste by eliminating plastic bottles, plastic bags and Styrofoam from your lifestyle.  The crew is seeking to get 12,500 pledges – one for every plastic bottle used to build the boat.