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Klean Kanteen Sports Cap 2.0 Ninja Style

One of my favorite stainless steel water bottles just got better!  Most families have one person that drinks nothing but water and large quantities of it.  My oldest son is that person and has very high standards with water bottles. He’s been testing the new Klean Kanteen sports top version 2.0 all summer and here is his expert summary, and only the way a 7 year boy could describe it.  “Mom! This water bottle is like a Ninja…in a good way!”  The ‘sneak attack’ of how much quicker the water comes from this new version of the sports cap got him so excited and I just loved his reaction. 

For those that truly appreciate the quality and safety that comes with drinking water from a Klean Kanteen bottle, you’ll love the new experience of this sports cap.  The first version would allow water to trickle out and adults or children had to work at getting the water out.  With version 2.0 the water flows easily – hence my son’s reference to ‘ninja’. He can finish his entire 18 oz Klean Kanteen bottle in one sitting and I love how much water he’s getting simply from changing the sports cap on his bottle. This is an easy and inexpensive way to jazz up an old favorite. For those looking for these new sports caps or a full spectrum of Klean Kanteen bottles, check-out the online store H20x2, dedicated to providing wonderful alternatives to disposable water bottles.  They have a large variety of accessories, Klean Kanteen bottle colors, sizes and I love their option to personalize for back-to-school! 

The trend of stainless steel for transporting water continues to be a ‘must have’ product for 2009 back-to-school children.  In my mind, stainless steel is easiest to maintain, keeps water extra cool, kids love using stainless steel bottles, and most importantly, parents have peace of mind.  Recently, articles have surfaced that Heath Canada scientists found BPA leaching from plastic baby bottles that were packaged and marketed as “BPA-free”. I would think the same could be argued that plastic sport or drinking bottles marked BPA-free could be doing the same thing.  Based on everything I have learned in 2 years about plastic touching my food and water – I keep sourcing plastic alternatives and love my stainless steel products more and more.

One tip about the Klean Kanteen sports caps; if you are sending kids to school and the bottle will be rolling about loose in a back-pack, stick with sports cap version 1.0.  If your child’s back-pack has a side pocket and the bottle remains upright in transport, then on your child’s desk at school, try out version 2.0.  It is something new for your child and they’ll enjoy the ‘silent sneak attack’ of their fun ninja bottle.

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Back-To-School Personalized Klean Kanteen Bottles

After a school or your group of friends have eliminated their plastic water bottles and made the switch to stainless steel, it’s just a sea of the same water bottles during a play date or in the cubby room at school. When my friends and I all have our kids together, we are always asking each other “is that your Klean Kanteen or mine?” It’s amazing to me I still have all my bottles from purchasing them months ago.  Well check out this solution from the smart folks over at H20x2!  A picture is worth a thousand words…

They have Klean Kanteen bottles in stock, ready for back-to-school lunches, with an option for personalization. The 12 oz is a perfect fit in any lunch box. Klean Kanteen bottles are made from food grade stainless steel and have a wide mouth that allows for ice and easy cleaning. BPA-free and dishwasher safe! Continue Reading →

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A ‘Green’ Way to Raise Money For Schools

Fundraising campaigns for schools, athletic teams, and clubs is changing.  The desire to do the right thing for the environment has crept into all aspects of parenting and education with our kids…why not fundraising?!  Tracy Green of Green Hands Fundraising has found a great way to generate money for schools, while supplying parents and children an avenue to eliminate waste from school box lunches.  Her vision is to create litterless lunches by supplying stainless steel bottles and laptop lunches.  

Tracy Green started this green fundraising company when she recognized the lack of environmentally conscious and socially responsible products available to schools and organizations wanting to fundraise. In the midst of the BPA controversy, she decided to run a fundraiser with Klean Kanteen bottles to try and eliminate all of the plastic water bottles children were drinking from. In the hope of raising a few hundred dollars, the success of this fundraiser went off the charts!  Selling a product that parents need, while helping our environment seemed to be the perfect fit.  Also, have you attempted to source stainless steel bottles lately?  The prices are very expensive and they are hard to find.  With Green Hands, the sourcing of bottles has already been done, the prices are fair or even below retail cost, and money goes back into your school for finding a product you need!  How awesome is that?

Not only does Tracy run the fundraiser hand-in-hand with the PAC or teachers, she will educate regarding BPA and healthy alternatives. She is branching out to Eco Bags and has lots of cutting edge, cool ideas for fundraising products.  She is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve spoken to locally about environmental issues, and has been successful since starting up just before the school year wrapped up last year. So if you are looking for fundraising alternatives to selling Entertainment books or wrapping paper, you can contact Tracy in the Fall when school starts back. This awesome company, based from the common sense approach of giving parents products they actually need, is very successful with generating dollars to help schools and athletic teams.  Klean Kanteen, Bilt Bottles, Laptop Lunch Kits, Eco bags, and Eco cleaning supplies are all on her list of fundraising possibilities.  Visit the site Green Hands Fundraising for more information or to contact Tracy with questions.

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Father’s Day Green Gift Ideas

Wow – time to start planning that perfect gift that will show daddies all over the world they are loved and appreciated. hmmmm it’s not so easy is it? I have become quite practical when it comes to gifts for Ray, but based on the fact that most dads are tough to buy for, here are some green :mrgreen: (and one not-so-green) ideas that will appeal to the dad on your gift list.

5. Cell Phone Hands Free Ear Piece:
After watching the Larry King show this week featuring a story on serious health problems caused by excessive cell phone use, I decided this item would be on the dad’s gift idea list. It actually bumped my original pick for a Kodak EasyShare SV811 8-inch Digital Picture Frame out of the running for 5th spot.  It’s not a picture or handmade present, but it’s still sentimental because it shows you care about dad’s health. This hands free cell phone ear piece might protect his health in multiple ways as it keeps cell phone radiation away from the brain and keeps hands free if you need them to operate a vehicle. I don’t think Hallmark makes a card for it, but you could work those reasons into giving that special guy this gift. 🙂 Here is a sample of what this device looks like: Cardo Systems Scala 600 Bluetooth Headset, Black


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BPA Plastics And My Love For Klean Kanteen

I’ve lost more than a little sleep knowing that I’ve commited the ultimate BPA leaching sin….the fact I’ve heated milk in plastic, in a microwave, everyday for the last 5 years.   Nothing like the never-ending cycle of  ‘parent’s guilt’.  All my kids love heated milk in the morning and before bed,  so eliminating plastics from their milk sippies was going to be harder than the water bottles.  The boys were nursed, then weaned to a cup just after turning 1 and I’ve heated their milk in plastic Gerber cups ever since. Yikes! Reheating liquid or food in plastic is the worst cause of BPA leaching so I know I’ve got some more changes to make!  We’ve always used Gerber ‘Fun Grips Color Change Spill Proof Cups’ so I called Gerber and they confirmed that style are BPA free,  but they’ve never recommended heating liquid in the container.  Thanks for letting me know this 5 years later guys!   I’m interested to know if that is stamped on their cardboard when you purchase the product…because until the BPA stuff became news, I had no idea you shouldn’t heat liquid or food in plastics.   That phone call made me feel better at some level, so  I decided to keep their Gerber sippies for milk for the short-term.  I have to say I don’t believe what the big names are saying about BPA in their products….it has taken some companies so long to react that unless the cups are made from a substance other than plastic (stainless steel, etc.) or the packaging is marked ‘BPA Free’ I don’t have faith. **Anyone have an alternative to plastic for kids that like milk heated?**   Although my Klean Kanteen bottles have just arrived, I don’t think the kids would enjoy a heated beverage in stainless steel every morning.

Can I mention that I LOVE my Klean Kanteen bottles?   They are gorgeous to the eye and their weight is very light.   My 6 year old would be able to use my 27 oz without any problems.  Any of the cons I listed in a previous article with my Thermos bottles are non existent with Klean Kanteen.   Their customer service is awesome,  you can purchase 100% stainless steel loop caps if you want to completely eliminate plastic, and they are very light for kids and toddlers to handle.   Oh yes, and something I didn’t know that was so important in my life…they can go in the dishwasher!   The tops and the bottles are dishwasher safe except the stainless poly loop caps.   I’m very happy with this brand and their products ranging from the sippy cups with avent tops for toddlers….to 18 oz, 27 oz, and 40 oz bottles for bigger kids/adults.

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