Where are KOR products manufactured?
KOR has partnered with Nypro, one of the largest U.S. manufacturing firms, to produce and assemble our KOR ONE and KOR Special Edition products in their Monterrey, Mexico facility. Nypro owns and operates nearly 30 manufacturing plants worldwide. The facility in Monterrey, Mexico was selected due to its expertise in plastics molding and ISO 14001 environmental certification. Our KOR Delta and KOR Aura are made by a highly respected and environmentally conscious plant in China. We have personally inspected both plants to assure that they are “practicing what they preach.” Our KOR Clothing line is made in Egypt and designed and printed in California.
What is the KOR Delta made of?
The main body, handle and side trim of the KOR Delta is made from a BPA-free material called Tritan™. Tritan™ is a new co-polyester polymer manufactured by Eastman. We're very excited to partner with Eastman to provide a durable, attractive water vessel that eliminates the concerns of BPA. The seal, cap insert and soft base are made from GLS TPE. All of these materials are BPA-free and phthalate-free.
What is the KOR Aura made of?
The body of the KOR Aura is made of a BPA-free material called Tritan™. Tritan™ is a new co-polyester polymer manufactured by Eastman. We're very excited to partner with Eastman to provide a durable, attractive water vessel that eliminates the concerns of BPA. The cap is made of BPA-free polypropylene with a food grade silicone seal. All of these materials are BPA-free and phthalate-free.
What is the KOR Vida made of?
The body of the KOR Vida is made of tapered 18/8 stainless steel. The spout and cap are both made from BPA-free polypropylene with a food grade silicone seal in the cap. All of these materials are BPA-free and phthalate-free.
Is my KOR vessel made from recycled materials?
No, but we're working on it. Our primary goal was to provide a BPA-free product using a clear, durable material. Tritan™ was therefore the obvious choice for the vessel body on the KOR ONE, the KOR Delta, and the KOR Aura. But while Tritan™ is fully recyclable, it is so new that it is not currently available in recycled form. As the market for Tritan™ matures, we expect this will change.
In addition to Tritan™, the side, top and bottom trims of the KOR ONE are made from ABS plastic. Recycled ABS is available, but we have not yet been able to find a supply that meets our requirements for color consistency and structural integrity. We continue to evaluate both recycled ABS and other recycled plastics and hope to someday offer a “recycled” KOR vessel that utilizes recycled materials for the trim parts.
You say that KOR vessels are recyclable. So why isn't there a recycling symbol or code on it?
You've probably noticed that many plastic products display a single digit code within a triangular recycling symbol. These are called resin identification codes and they indicate what type of plastic the product is made from. Recycling centers use these codes for sorting the different plastics into groups for efficient recycling. You can view a list of these codes and their definitions here.
Although the KOR vessels are made from recyclable materials, they fall into the number 7 category, which is reserved for miscellaneous resins (those that aren't covered in categories 1-6) and products that contain a combination of resins. As you can see, KOR vessels are made up of several different materials, while the numbering system only works on single material items.
Polycarbonate plastic, which contains BPA, also falls into the number 7 category. Unfortunately, this has resulted in news stories instructing consumers to avoid products displaying a number 7 resin code. KOR vessels do not contain BPA and we didn't want consumers to be confused about this. We therefore left off the code.
We also felt the code was confusing for another reason: it falsely implies that the product is easily recyclable. This is not the case for number 7 resins because very few municipal recycling programs exist for these.