Klean Kanteen Co-Owners Awarded 2022 Trailblazer Award

September 29, 2022

CHICO, Calif. (September 29, 2022) /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Jeff Cresswell and Michelle Kalberer, co-owners of Klean Kanteen, a family- and employee-owned B-Corporation, Climate Neutral Certified company, and 1% for the Planet member, have won the prestigious 2022 Trailblazer Award for their dedicated work in the sustainability space. The awards were presented on behalf of the sustainability consulting firm Verdical Group at the Trailblazer Awards Gala in Downtown Los Angeles earlier this month, and recognized leaders across various industries who are making an impact in the areas of carbon, climate, equity, ESG, net zero, resilience, and more.

“This award is a testament to Klean Kanteen’s commitment to responsible innovation; from the very beginning, people and the planet have been woven through every aspect of our work,” said Jeff Cresswell. “It’s an honor to receive these accolades from likeminded peers.”

Klean Kanteen has pioneered multiple initiatives to minimize its environmental impact and encourage others to use business as a force for good. A true leader in the industry, Klean was the first to sell a BPA-free stainless-steel water bottle in 2004, and has since grown to become an international brand in a rapidly growing industry. In 2018, Klean introduced its own powder coat finish, Klean Coat, ultimately creating a new standard in durability and safety for people and the planet. Earlier this year, Klean made its biggest move yet and began manufacturing products with certified 90% post-consumer recycled 18/8 steel, a first in the reusable drinkware industry. By 2023, 95% of Klean Kanteen products will be made with the new material, resulting in a 50% reduction in steel greenhouse gas emissions, 30% reduction in energy demand, and a 60-80% reduction in ecosystem impacts.

Klean Kanteen’s unwavering dedication to its sustainable mission has been recognized in the past, most notably as the recipient of the Transparency Award from Outdoor Industry Association, which recognizes organizations that engage in creative and authentic storytelling that inspires meaningful action by consumers, employees, peers, and other key stakeholders.


About Klean Kanteen

Founded in 2004, Klean Kanteen is a family and employee-owned leader in reusable stainless-steel drinkware and food containers with distribution worldwide. With a focus on environmental stewardship, Klean Kanteen is a B Corporation, proud 1% For The Planet member and Climate Neutral Certified. Working closely with values-aligned companies and organizations, Klean Kanteen supports efforts towards health, the reduction of single-use plastic, and environmental education and awareness. For more information visit

Photograph by Kyle Espeleta Photography


Contact: Meg Papanastassiou, Backbone Media

Phone: 970-963-4873 ext. 1212