Co-owners, brother-sister team Michelle Kalberer and Jeff Cresswell, have 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 they 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 they sold the first BPA free stainless steel bottles in 2004, they 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. They don’t mind. When it comes to kicking plastic, we’re all in this together.
Along the way, they've remained a family and employee-owned company. Turning down investor dollars isn’t always easy, but the freedom to stay true to their principles is worth it. If they want to share their profits with organisations they believe in, they can (and do). If they want to spend a few years developing a ground-breaking nontoxic, chip-resistant powder coat finish, they can (and did).
From the very beginning, Klean Kanteens have been built with love— the love of adventure, the love of conserving wild places and the love of replacing single-use plastic.