We are ECOS
Our mission is to protect the health and wellness of people, pets, and the planet by creating the most authentic, sustainable, and affordable cleaning products for all.
At ECOS®, we’ve been making laundry detergents and household cleaners that are safer for people, pets and the planet for over 50 years. Founded back in 1967, we’re still a family-owned and operated company that’s grown to four sustainable manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and over 200 products sold around the world.
Our passion for safer ingredients that are inspired by nature began with our founder, a Greek immigrant who arrived in Chicago in 1953. After working in the cleaning products industry and seeing the harmful effects of toxic chemicals, he looked to the traditions of his homeland and natural ingredients like vinegar and lemon that his grandmother used to create safer cleaners that harnessed the power of nature.
Today, we’re transforming the cleaning products industry with green science innovations and sustainable business practices, like our switch to 100% renewable energy. We’ve had many firsts over the years, like making the first phosphate-free auto dish gel. But our greatest first is being the first company to achieve the “trifecta” of sustainable manufacturing: carbon neutrality, water neutrality and TRUE Platinum Zero Waste certification.
Green science, innovation and affordability–that’s been the ECOS® promise for the last 50 years, and it’s our promise for the next 50 years too.
President & CEO
Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks has always had a passion for human and planetary wellness and has translated that passion into bringing safer cleaning products to people around the world. As President and CEO of ECOS®, she is transforming the cleaning products industry with innovative, plant-powered solutions and sustainable manufacturing practices. Under her leadership, ECOS® has become the world’s first company to make its products in carbon-neutral, water-neutral and TRUE Platinum Zero Waste-certified facilities across the U.S. Kelly has been internationally recognized for her highly effective leadership and influential voice in the green movement, consumer protection and corporate social responsibility.
Vice President, Innovation
Jenna Arkin uses her unique background in both chemistry and design to innovate safer, more effective formulations and compelling packaging designs for the ECOS® product lines. She also leads the ECOS® partnership with the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice program, a third-party certification that helps consumers choose products made with safer chemical ingredients without sacrificing quality or performance. As the Vice President of Innovation, Jenna brings a novel combination of passionate scientist and creative professional to solve modern green chemistry problems and move the cleaning industry toward a more sustainable future.
Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh
Vice President, Sustainability & Education
Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh leads the effort to create a long-term sustainability vision for ECOS®. With a Ph.D. in Life Cycle Analysis, a master’s degree in Environmental Management and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry, she is responsible for the creation, development and implementation of sustainability programs across the company. Her sustainability programs enabled the company to achieve carbon neutrality in 2013, in part through the switch to 100% renewable energy. She also implemented zero waste and recycling programs that led to TRUE Platinum Zero Waste certification for all of the company’s manufacturing facilities, diverting over 95% of waste from landfills and incineration.