Saturday, December 4, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide - Klean Kanteen, includes giveaway


I used to not think much about using disposable cups and bottled water. But then, I started thinking not only about the added cost, but the environmental impact that using them has, and decided that I could make a small difference by making changes in my home. We picked up some plastic bottles that we could use for water - so that we could take them to go, take them for sports, and such. I started to carry a plastic cup with me to work each day to use for my water throughout the day.

A few months ago, I received a Kid Kanteen, a small Klean Kanteen bottle with a sippy lid, as well as a regular lid. It was part of the kit for the Healthy Home Party that I hosted. My daughter loved it when I received the bottle and immediately claimed it as her own. She was so excited to have her own "silver" bottle for water, because her brother had been using one of mine to take water to soccer and football. She was also impressed that her bottle had a soccer ball printed on it (at least that is what she thought their logo was)!
In addition, courtesy of Klean Kanteen, I more recently had the chance to check out the 16oz Café Mug-To-Go Combo Pack, a 16oz Wide Insulated Bottle which comes with 2 caps - the standard LOOP cap and a CAFÉ cap. I have been taking the bottle to work with me each day for enjoying my tea or coffee (I never was a big coffee drinker, but there are some really good flavored coffees and creamers out there, that I now find myself having a cup from time to time - but I still love my tea!). I noticed that it was doing a good job of keeping my drink hot and I was really happy about that. I have a bad habit of not being able to finish my drink right away some mornings, as I get pulled into meetings, phone calls, etc and routinely, found myself dumping out almost half a cup a day of my favorite hot beverage. Since I started using this mug, I haven't had to dump out my drink because it got cold. I had hoped that the cafe cap, when closed would help me in my bouts of clumsiness, but I can tell you, from experience, that if you knock over the bottle, the drink will still come out, just much more slowly than normal - so where it hasn't prevented my spills, it certainly has minimized the size of them.

Last week, I really put the Klean Kanteen Mug-to-Go to the ultimate test. I took it shopping with me on Black Friday. I left my house about 3:15 am that morning, right after brewing up a mug of coffee (used my Keurig, which I learned that the Klean Kanteen bottle does not fit under - so I had to brew into a standard mug and transfer). I left my coffee in my car while I ran into Kohls. Then, I drank a little on my way to JC Penney. After leaving JC Penney, and heading to Staples, I took it with me when I got in line at Staples at 5 am. When I finished drinking it around 5:30 - that last drink was still hot! I was happy for that, considering it had spent the time I was shopping sitting in my car, at what was a very cold outside temperature.

In addition to the fact that it does a great job of keeping my beverage hot, I love that I am no longer using so many Styrofoam (or whatever all the new "hot" cups are made out of) cups. It makes me feel better in terms of the reduced environmental impact of no longer using a disposable cup and of course, there is the savings associated with no longer having to buy that cup too. Sure, I am only one person, so there are still cups being bought and disposed, but each person that makes the change to a reusable mug, creates an impact.

Now, when summer comes, I could also elect to use the insulated bottle to keep my cold beverages cold. I'm not sure if I would use the cafe lid or return to the loop cap, but I know that it would be good for taking beverages to all of the kids sporting events and trips to the park. The insulation seems to be very effective based on my experience. In fact, according to the information on Klean Kanteen, their insulated bottles keep "contents hot or cold for up to six hours, while iced drinks stay frosty for more than 24". I think that is a great feature.

You can purchase Klean Kanteen through their website or find a local retailer using their store locator.

You can find Klean Kanteen on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway
Thanks to Klean Kanteen, I have the opportunity to allow one A Busy Mom of Two reader to win a free 16oz Café Mug-To-Go Combo Pack. I have set the giveaway so that the outfit can ship to the winner in time for Christmas.

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Giveaway will remain open until December 8th at 6 pm and is open to residents of US only. Winners will be selected using Random.org random number generator. The winner will be contacted by e-mail (Please make sure that your email address is either in your comment or clearly visible on your profile or blog) and will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner may be selected. This is to ensure that the outfit can be sent in time for Christmas.

No compensation was received for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Klean Kanteen provided me with a 16oz Mug-to-Go combo pack for my review. In addition, Klean Kanteen is providing a 16oz Mug-to-Go combo pack for the giveaway.

27 comments:

NeedANap2 said...

We try to buy less, especially for our kids, and recycle when possible. I use reusable bags a lot at the store.

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Erin said...

We recycle and have adopted a section of highway where we pick up litter. Erin, happynurse27@yahoo.com

Charlotte said...

We recycle.

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Tracey said...

I use reusable bags at the grocery store, drink Britta-filtered water instead of bottled water, and recycle everything with the recycle logo on it. :)

Jolene said...

Our city switched to a recycling program that uses a 55 gal container- and there is no sorting needed. We ordered a container and now both kids are recycling champions! They think about everything that goes into the trash bin!

Jennae said...

We've done a lot of things, but the biggest one is that we've completely changed the way we shop (and how often we do it). We think twice about where and how products were made and what they're made of. This means that we buy less and save more for the things that really matter and that are made responsibly. And we've led by example for those around us, so we've helped them to change their habits as well.

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Stacey M said...

We already use "To Go" cups that aren't disposable. But I have a cupboard full of them that LEAK! I could really use a high quality mug like this one!

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I posted a comment on Facebook about the Klean Kanteen!

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angelica_rose said...

We recycle big time, our recycle container goes out for pickup twice as often as our garbage. We use canvas shopping bags every where we shop, and carpool to school!

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kmogilevski said...

My husband and I recycle and we started a compost pile this year.
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Amy said...

We recycle and have stopped using paper plates. We used to use paper plates at every meal.

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