Clean. Without Carcinogens: with the American Cancer Society

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Woman Washing Hand With Hypoallergenic Liquid Hand Soap

Did you know that by 2030 there will be more than 22 million cancer survivors in the U.S.? 

Fortunately, cancer rates are going down overall, and the number of survivors is increasing due to advances in treatment and early detection. But what if we could take steps to help avoid getting cancer in the first place? And how can we support our friends and family members who are facing a cancer diagnosis? 

To support cancer research and fund services for people undergoing cancer treatment, we created the “Taking Charge Starts With a Simple Drop” campaign benefitting the American Cancer Society (ACS). 

ECOS is a longtime supporter of ACS and its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, and we wanted to help shoppers take charge in the fight against breast cancer when they purchase ECOS products. 

From September 1 through October 31 each year, ECOS contributes $1 to ACS breast cancer programs and research (up to $100,000) for every 100-ounce or larger bottle of ECOS laundry detergent sold. 


We’ve all been affected by cancer in women in one way or another, whether it’s a mother, sister, or friend. At ECOS, we want to do everything we can to help improve women’s health and well-being; after all, protecting the health of people and the planet has been our mission for over 50 years. Our “Take Charge” campaign not only helps fund cancer programs, it also helps educate people about the importance of using safer cleaning products in their home.

Many people don’t realize that conventional cleaning products can contain dangerous ingredients. That’s why we created our Nasties List so you can see which chemical ingredients to avoid, especially those that are linked to cancer.

Many people also don’t realize that there’s no federal requirement to disclose ingredients in cleaning products. Fortunately, California recently enacted a law requiring that companies selling cleaning products in the state must disclose their ingredients (link to URL), and we were proud to be part of the coalition of businesses, NGOs and lawmakers that helped pass the bill. But we still need a strong federal law that requires disclosure on all cleaning products sold in the U.S., because you have a right to know what’s in the products you bring into your home, to protect your health and the health of your loved ones.