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Help Clean Up the Planet While Getting Filthy Drunk

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There ain’t nothing wrong with making money. That said, there are times when the pursuit of dollar signs causes folks to lose sight of what really matters. Here at The Manual, we like to imagine a world in which companies think less about making money and more about making a difference. Fortunately, we don’t have to imagine that hard: United By Blue and Klean Kanteen are two such companies, and they’ve recently teamed up to create a new line of pint cups and other high-quality stainless steel products.

United By Blue is an outstanding brand that sells everything from clothing to bags to cocktail accessories to axes (yes, the chopping kind). For every product they sell, United By Blue pledges to remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways; in just six years, they’ve organized nearly 150 cleanups and removed more than 280,000 pounds of trash.

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Klean Kanteen is another eco-friendly company. Spelling may not be their strong suit, but they make one hell of a water bottle. Their BPA-free, stainless steel water bottles help reduce the number of plastic water bottles in the world while keeping their customers healthy and hydrated. As a member of 1% for the planet since 2008, Klean Kanteen has made a commitment to donate at least 1% of their annual sales to environmental nonprofit organizations. Not annual profits, mind you, but 1% of annual sales.


Both companies have a compulsive need to reduce trash, and both are certified B-Corporations — of which there are only about 1,700 on the planet. To make it into the B-Corp club, a business must satisfy a number of rigorous standards for transparency, how they treat their employees, and how they use resources.

This B-Corp duo isn’t just selling stainless steel pint cups — they’re also “getting their hands dirty,” so to speak. The two teams went on a trash-cleaning adventure last month, and Klean Kanteen is donating 2500 of their exquisite stainless steel pint cups to United By Blue’s 2016 cleanup volunteers. 

If you’d like to drink your next beer out of a handsome stainless steel cup, check out the United By Blue and Klean Kanteen collaboration. The BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, 100% stainless steel pint tumbler is available for sale online right now, and more items are set to hit stores in mid-July. Just imagine receiving a new vessel for your favorite beverages while helping make the world a slightly cleaner place.

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June 21st is Father’s Day -- a day when the world celebrates cheesy jokes, quaint fashion choices, and other fatherly qualities. It’s also an excuse to present Dad with yet another tie, or perhaps a mug that reads “world’s greatest dad.”

But does your dad really need another paisley tie? And of the billions of dads on the planet, are you 100% sure yours is the greatest? Be honest. If you’re looking to change things up this year, consider getting Dad a gift that shows you’re not just thinking of him, but the planet, too. Here are a few great eco-friendly Father’s Day gifts for your consideration.
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If your dad’s the outdoorsy type, he’s always looking for cool new gear to add to his collection. The Sun King PRO is a sophisticated solar-powered LED light that can be used as a lamp or a flashlight. The folks at Greenlight Planet claim that the light can provide 45 hours’ worth of illumination on a full charge. It can also charge your dad’s devices via a USB port. We recommend checking out their website, where you’ll find an amusing video of Sasquatch demonstrating the Sun King PRO’s many features.
All Good Sunscreen - $8 to $16 
Summer is a tough time for skin. Dads should take extra care to protect their skin and reduce their risk of skin cancer. The All Good line of sunscreen includes the natural, coconut-scented SPF 30 Sunstick for the face and the natural SPF 33 Zinc Sunscreen for everywhere else. These sunscreens come from Elemental Herbs, an eco-friendly company that holds memberships to 1% for the Planet and the Green America Business Network. You can find these natural and environmentally responsible sunscreens online or at a store near you.
Hydro Flask Growler - $55 
Beer is a wonderful beverage that deserves an equally wonderful vessel. The Hydro Flask growler is made with 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, and has a double wall to maximize insulation while preventing condensation. This handsome growler can keep cold beverages cold for 24 hours, and hot beverages hot for 12 hours. The Hydro Flask isn’t just an excellent gift for your dad, but for the planet, too -- thanks to the company’s charitable arm, 5% Back, you can allocate a portion of the flask’s cost to the charity of your choice. There are many other flask styles and sizes to choose from, all the way down to 12 oz bottles.
The New Primal Beef & Turkey Jerky - $16 to $100 
If your dad prefers edible gifts, consider getting him some delicious jerky. Unlike other jerky companies, The New Primal makes jerky from free-range, grass-fed cattle and happy turkeys. Their products are free of hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs, creating an all-natural snack that’s healthy for your dad. The whole company is dedicated to sustainable and humane agriculture, and we love that.
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