July 2020 #ZeroWaste Contest
July 6th, 2020
This month’s #ZeroWaste feature product is the Kids Classic 12oz Bottle by Klean Kanteen. These hard-wearing, stainless steel vessels are endlessly reusable and therefore one of the most essential pieces of zero waste gear!
(If your kiddo already has a reusable stainless steel bottle, keep using it! Read this blog about the “Blue W” program to find locations in downtown Peterborough where you can refill your reusable water bottle!)
But, if you are in the market for a reusable water bottle for your little one, the Kids Classic 12oz is an excellent option!
You have likely heard about the environmental plague of plastics. One of the main culprits is single-use, plastic water bottles, the majority of which do not get recycled, but rather end up in landfills, or worse, in parks, rivers, and forests. The Polaris Institute, an Ottawa-based non-profit, estimates that only 14% of water bottles in Ontario end up in recycling facilities, leaving the rest to wreak havoc on our health and the environment. The manufacturing, distribution, and disposal of bottled water has a huge carbon footprint. Many resources are required to make the physical bottles, draw up countless litres of water, and transport it to bottling facilities and retailers. Once drained of its contents, a single plastic water bottle can take up to 800 years to fully decompose, releasing toxins and micro-plastics along the way.
Choosing to replace single use plastic water bottles or juice boxes, with one durable, stainless steel vessel, is an excellent way to reduce your family’s consumption of plastic. The Kids Classic 12oz Bottle features really high quality materials that are durable enough to withstand daily use. Klean Kanteen uses 18/8 stainless steel (which is recyclable) and a chip-resistant finish (which will go on looking great for years). Their gaskets and O-rings are made from food-grade silicone; and the plastic components are made with BPA-free polypropylene #5. It’s also worth noting that Klean Kanteen is a reputable company. They stand behind their products and they have a strong environmental mandate. They are a certified B Corporation, which means they are committed to high standards of social and environmental transparency, accountability, and performance. Based in California, Klean Kanteen manufactures its products overseas in China. Their factories are small-scale and socially and environmentally responsible. Their manufacturing operations meet high standards of quality, safe and fair labor, ethical business, and environmental responsibility. In addition, the company offsets their carbon footprint through investment in renewable energy and in projects that capture and absorb carbon. As a member of 1% For The Planet, Klean Kanteen has contributed over $2 million to environmental organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring wild places.
For a prize, we are offering a $25 credit at the GreenUP Store that can be used towards the purchase of any Klean Kanteen product! Contest closes July 31, 2020.
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