We co-founded Klean Kanteen, the original stainless steel water bottle company back in 2002. The reasons for the stainless bottle were clear as day: the chemical BPA lurked in our favorite Nalgene polycarbonate plastic reusable water bottles. Unable to source a manufacturer in the US, we agreed that manufacturing in China was a lesser evil than the health effects of endocrine-active (EA) plastics and the environmental disaster of single-use plastic wrappers and containers. The ends seem to justify the means. Financial contributions to non-profits and carbon offsets were adopted to mitigate our footprints. But can you really offset the harsh realities of mining, shipping containers across the earth, unprecedented pollution and genocide in Tibet? Our product was a solution to some big problems but also complicit in others.
A lot of our customers felt the same way about doing business with China. Some customers simply complained their Klean Kanteen tasted metallic. A decade later these real concerns led us back to Julia Butterfly Hill's question that began it all: why doesn’t someone make this out of this?
This material was right under our nose all along: Clay from the top layer of ground here in California, USA, Earth. Earthen. We bring you the Earth-In Canteen, a return to an ancient and truly natural way to carry water, designed and fired in Northern California from American clay and certified lead-free, non-toxic glazes.
We anticipated skepticism just like we did with the introduction of the first stainless water bottle. Stoneware is durable but it can break and may look heavy. We’ve adjusted to the differences just fine and it feels amazing. Why not mix functional art and hydration? We invite you to feel the peace of drinking pure water from a local, honest, perfectly natural, and totally sustainably-made canteen. We asked our gut what was good and this is it.