Nalgene’s first exposure to the wilderness happened in the 1960s, when their labware scientists-who were also big into hiking- took their laboratory bottles on backpacking trips because the bottles were leak-proof and lightweight. In the 1970s, the Carry In/Carry Out trend emerged when conservationists began discouraging campers from a common disposal practice of burning or burying cans and glass containers. By now, their labware bottles had caught on with the hiking and adventuring subculture. Even the company’s president’s son was using our bottles and containers on his Boy Scout camping trips. This, coupled with the Carry in/Carry Out trend, gave our president an idea: market these labware products as high-quality hiking and camping essentials. With that, Nalgene was born.

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