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Supporting the Families of Fallen Soldiers

June 26th, 2020 by

This year, we are proud to partner with Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of fallen or disabled veterans. The 501(c)(3) was established in 2007 after Lt. Col. Rooney, a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, saw the grieving family of a fallen U.S. Army Corporal meeting their loved one’s coffin on an airport tarmac. Folds of Honor scholarships support private education tuition, tutoring and educational summer camps for children K-12 and higher education tuition assistance. To date, they have awarded more than 24,500 scholarships totaling $130 million to military spouses and children.

ECOS® is made in the USA (using thoughtfully sourced global ingredients), and as a primary manufacturer, we support local communities across the country by giving back to organizations that care for vulnerable populations, including military veterans and their families. Our partnership with Folds of Honor means that for every 128 oz. bottle of ECOS Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent sold during the months of June, July and August in 2020, we’ll donate $1 to Folds of Honor (up to $25,000) to invest in scholarships for families of fallen and disabled soldiers. As a bonus for shoppers, the 128 oz. bottle will sell for the same price as the standard 100 oz. bottle, giving 28% more loads per bottle.

“We are incredibly proud to give back to the families of those who serve our country,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of ECOS. “We’re honored to give shoppers this opportunity to help support U.S. military families in such a tangible and meaningful way.”

Look for the Folds of Honor bottle at your local retailer to support this cause.

Passing the ‘California Cleaning Product Right to Know’ Act

January 31st, 2020 by

Starting January 1st, 2020, millions of consumers and workers in California now have the information they need to protect their health.

The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act requires an online listing of all intentionally added ingredients in cleaning products sold in California by January 1, 2020, and on-package disclosure by January 1, 2021. In addition, the label must indicate the presence of allergens in the product.⁠

Illnesses such as asthma, eczema, and allergies are on the rise. That’s why our products are made with many plant-powered ingredients, and it’s why we’re fighting for ingredient disclosure on all cleaning products. We believe that everyone has the right to know what chemicals they’re bringing into their home, school, and workplace.

Many people don’t realize that, unlike packaged food, no federal requirements exist for disclosing ingredients in cleaning products. That’s why this law is so important – it sets the standard for cleaning product ingredient disclosure, not just in California but across the nation.

We are incredibly proud to have played an important role in the coalition that helped pass California’s “Cleaning Product Right to Know” Act in 2017, and we’re hoping it will become a model for the rest of the county.

Pull quote: ECOS has been a pioneer in safer cleaning products and ingredient transparency. Founded in 1967, we have over 200 environmentally friendly cleaning products and have disclosed ingredients on our packaging and website for almost a decade.

⁠It’s exciting times, and we will continue to fight for federal legislation to require ingredient transparency for cleaning products so that all people in every state can clearly understand what’s in the cleaning products they bring into their homes.⁠

Learn more about the ingredients we promise to never use by browsing our Never Ever list:

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Local Stories – Made in the USA

May 26th, 2018 by

Family owned and operated since 1967, ECOS has been making plant-powered cleaners in the U.S. for over 50 years. ECOS™ laundry detergent and the collection of over 200 other green cleaners, are proudly made in four facilities across the country.. We are dedicated to growing the U.S. green economy, reducing its environmental footprint, and creating safer products for families to enjoy across the country.

Located in California, Washington, Illinois and New Jersey, each facility ships products locally throughout its designated region. When you see ECOS™ in your local grocery store, you can feel confident in knowing that product came from a nearby facility. In addition to our four facilities we have team members across the country bringing ECOS™ to your local community. Our region-based distribution also reduces our environmental impact.

By decreasing shipping and transportation distance, we are able to reduce our carbon emissions for the benefit of the entire community.

By manufacturing in the U.S., we have added over 350 green jobs to the U.S. economy and that number continues to grow. As a leader in corporate and social responsibility, we believe in providing a living wage and wellness benefits for all employees. Employees are paid one of the highest minimum wages in the country, $17/hr, to make sure they can support their families and feel confident in the work that they do.

When you buy ECOS™ products, you are doing more than just choosing to buy better, safer cleaning products; you’re also supporting local economies and communities across the U.S. Aaron Miller, our Washington-based product manager, notes,

“People in Washington have pride in our state and like to support companies doing business here.”

Though each of our facilities across the country has its own unique feel, the sentiment of local pride in the communities we’re a part of is the same.

We are passionate advocates for supporting the communities we operate in with local jobs, and creating a greener future through quality products and sustainable manufacturing. Find where our products are available in your local community here.