We’re creating a safer, sustainable clean for every home.
As a family-owned company, we’ve always done business differently. Our ecosystem is built on ethics, empathy and environmental and social justice. From the way we make our products to how we treat our employees and support our local communities, we are forever committed to helping you create a safer and more sustainable home.
Fighting for ingredient transparency
Everyone should know what’s in the cleaning products they bring into their home, so it’s hard to believe that there’s no federal requirement for manufacturers to disclose their ingredients. We’re proud to have helped pass California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act, the first law in the U.S. to require ingredient disclosure for cleaning products. We worked closely with legislators and a coalition of businesses and nonprofit organizations to help pass this historic bill.
Now, we’re fighting for a federal law that would give all Americans the information they need to choose safer cleaning products. That’s why we’re working with the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) to stop the Accurate Labels Act which, despite its name, would replace California’s strong requirements with weak federal protections that would put people at greater risk for illnesses like asthma, eczema and cancer. We’re working with ASBC and Congress to draft new legislation based on California’s strong ingredient disclosure requirements.
Leading the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice program
Safer Choice certification helps shoppers find cleaning products that are made with safer ingredients that work well too. We’re proud to be a leader in the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice program, with more Safer Choice-certified products than any other company (over 140) and four Safer Choice Partner of the Year awards.
We work closely with our representatives in the House and Senate to support the Safer Choice program to ensure that this important program continues to thrive and help consumers easily find the safer cleaning products they’re looking for.
Advocating for safer green chemistry
Green chemistry is critical for our health and our future, so we’re fighting to require safer chemistry in manufacturing. We worked closely with our Congressional representatives to pass the desperately needed reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act, which requires the EPA to review the safety of thousands of chemicals used in industry and manufacturing.
We partnered with the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) to support the bipartisan Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act, which requires federal agencies to include sustainable chemistry into research, development and other programs.
We also worked with ASBC to convince leaders in New York State to include green purchasing in their procurement programs to help create safer communities and a stronger economy .
Protecting children from toxic chemicals
We know that toxic chemicals in the places where kids live, learn and play are important risk factors for cancer. That’s why we joined the Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative to produce a report warning about the dangers of toxic chemicals from traffic-related air pollution, pesticides, paints and solvents on children’s health.
We’re also working with American Sustainable Business Council to pass the PFAS Action Act, which would regulate these dangerous “forever chemicals” in products and drinking water that are linked cancer and immune suppression. Children are especially vulnerable to asthma, an example of immune system hypersensitivity linked to exposure to multiple PFAS chemicals.
Taking climate action for people and the planet
We’ve reduced our energy use, decreased our waste by over 95%, lowered our transportation emissions and invested in clean wind energy projects, dramatically changing our operations to become not just carbon neutral but Climate Positive. But there’s more work to be done, before it’s too late.
Reducing carbon emissions
Our planet has reached a crisis point of global warming, and the time to act is now. That’s why we’re partnering with the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) to advocate in Congress for a carbon pricing solution that will work for both businesses and our planet. We’re also teaming up with ASBC to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from further drilling and transportation of oil and gas that threaten the Refuge and contribute to climate change.
Encouraging renewable energy solutions
We’re creating a clean energy future at ECOS by generating our own solar energy, investing in clean energy wind projects and installing EV charging stations and EV forklifts at our facilities. We’re also using our voice to advocate for clean energy solutions on a national scale that will create green jobs and protect our planet.
Working with the American Sustainable Business Council, we’re urging Congress to pass legislation that will incentivize investment in renewable energy, and we’re asking governors to adopt the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), a 12-state program to invest in electric-vehicle infrastructure and meet carbon emissions reduction goals. We’re also urging coastal states to invest in offshore wind energy.
Lobbying for environmental justice
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of communities that disproportionately face environmental harms in environmental policies and solutions.
We believe everyone should have access to products that are safer for people and the environment, so we make green cleaning products that are affordable and accessible for all.
We also work with Green For All to fight for policies that reduce climate and pollution impacts to underserved communities. Our projects include fighting for the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), a 12-state program to invest in electric-vehicle infrastructure, and the Moving Forward Act, which will bring clean water, green transportation and clean economy jobs to Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.
Supporting diversity, equity & inclusion
Our country is healthiest when prosperity is widely shared, especially among historically marginalized populations or those who face barriers to opportunity. At ECOS we’ve created a diverse and equitable workplace, and we’re fighting to create an inclusive economy for all.
With the help of the American Sustainable Business Council, we’re lobbying for more diversity and inclusion in the workplace, fighting for legislation that will expand funding for women- and minority-owned small businesses and require financial institutions to support economic opportunities for women and minorities.
Fighting for a fair minimum wage
We believe in the transformative power of a living wage for families and the economy, so we pay our employees a minimum wage of $17 an hour and we’re fighting for a minimum wage of $15 an hour across the U.S. In New Jersey, where our Parsippany facility is located, we went to the Capitol to successfully lobby for $15 by 2024 and welcomed the governor to our facility for a press conference to announce the new law.
Eight states are now on track for $15, but we need to keep fighting for workers in every state. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 hurts families, communities and businesses. We’re working with Business for a Fair Minimum Wage to pass the Raise the Wage Act, which will put all minimum wage workers on a path to $15 an hour by 2025.
Standing up for paid family leave
Supporting employees when they need to care for their health, or that of a family member, is not just the right thing to do, it’s good for communities, the economy and businesses. That’s why we give our employees paid sick, family and parental leave, so they don’t have to choose between their health and their job.
We’re joining with the American Sustainable Business Council again this year to pass the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which has been stalled in Congress for too long. The FAMILY Act will let workers take the time off they need without risking their jobs or economic security.
Seeding a greener future
From scholarships to science programs, sharing knowledge is at the heart of what we do.
Investing in green science education
Giving students a strong foundation in green science is the best way to ensure that we’ll find the solutions for our planet and our future. That’s why we endowed the Vlahakis Organic Chemistry Lab at Roosevelt University in Chicago, so students can study green chemistry and research new products based on renewable resources.
We also created the UCLA Vlahakis-Hanks Undergraduate Scholarship for students who have demonstrated leadership in environmental issues, community empowerment or Hellenic causes.
Our ECOS Van Vlahakis Memorial College Scholarship through the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation also gives students an opportunity to study sustainable solutions to the problems we face today.
Cultivating tomorrow’s environmental stewards
Our children are the environmental stewards of tomorrow, so we need to give them tools they’ll need to create a greener future. Our ECOScience education program gives kids of all ages a hands-on experience with green chemistry. They learn by doing, making their own ECOS laundry detergent at events across the country and at our facilities.
The ECOScience program also teaches thousands of 5th grade students every year through our partnership with children’s museums across the country. Museum educators bring the program into classrooms, giving students a deeper understanding of the science behind soap as they make green laundry detergent to take home. For the little ones, ECOS uses interactive museum exhibits teach environmentally friendly ways to live and shop.
Mentoring companies to find green solutions
The only way to create a greener future is to help other companies become greener too. We’re sharing our sustainable business practices with companies that are looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly.
Our Vice President of Sustainability Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh often speaks with companies about the nuts and bolts of becoming a sustainable manufacturer. From breaking down our journey to zero waste to connecting companies with resources to reduce carbon emissions, Dr. Afsharmanesh is helping other companies discover that doing the right thing isn’t just good for people and the planet, it’s good for business.
Finding Tomorrow’s Clean Scientists
We believe clean, green science is the future – and what better way to facilitate that than by getting the next generation excited about green chemistry? We bring interactive programs into schools and host field trips at our facilities so kids can make green cleaning products themselves. Who knows, maybe we’ll find our next green chemist or engineer?
1. Discovery Cube Museums – CA
2. Garden State Discovery Museum – NJ
3. Chicago Children’s Museum – IL
4. Hands On Children’s Museum – WA
Impact through partnership
Teamwork is a powerful thing. We choose to partner with organizations that share our values and beliefs, so we can do the most good for the most people.
Carcinogens are on our ‘never’ list, and the more we can educate about these harmful ingredients in traditional cleaning products, the better. Through our partnership with the American Cancer Society, we proudly support breast cancer research and services and raise awareness about the importance of using non-toxic, non-carcinogenic cleaners.
Green is a human right, and Green For All agrees. We’ve teamed up with Green For All to further our mission to make safer, sustainable cleaning products accessible to everyone, regardless of race, religion, income or geography.
As an American-made company, we’re proud to honor the legacy of those who preserve our freedom and make our dreams possible. Our partnership with Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships for the families of fallen and disabled soldiers.
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