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California State and Environmental VIPs Celebrate 50 Years of Breaking Barriers in Green Science @ Earth Friendly Products’ Anniversary Celebration

Arbor Day Event Celebrates Earth Month; $150,000 Donation Made to Discovery Cube Museums

(Cypress, Calif., April 30, 2017) – On Friday, April 28, 2017, Earth Friendly Products, one of the nation’s leading eco-conscious cleaning products companies and maker of the ECOS™ brand of products, hosted a number of California and Environmental VIPs to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, in conjunction with Earth Month and in honor of Arbor Day. The event, hosted by President and CEO Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, took place at the company’s Cypress manufacturing facility. To honor its achievement, Earth Friendly Products gave back to the community by presenting a $150,000 check to the Discovery Cube Museums of Orange County and Los Angeles. The donation supports the museums’ award-winning Eco Challenge exhibit and brings green chemistry into classrooms to empower children with the tools they need to “think green” at an early age. Additionally, all employees of the company were gifted with an extra week’s salary for Earth Month.

More than 300 guests were in attendance, including:

Representatives from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Food Industry Management Program and from two of Vlahakis-Hanks’ alma maters – Chapman University and UCLA – attended the celebration. Also on hand were numerous non-profit organizations that Earth Friendly Products partners with, including the American Cancer Society, Autism Hope Alliance, Grades of Green, the National Women’s History Museum, Orange County Coastkeeper, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Brent Robinson read a personal statement from Senator Harris that commended Earth Friendly Products for “protecting Californians with a $17-an-hour living wage.” Irantzu Pujadas and Robin McCray from Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s office commented on how Earth Friendly Products “has thrived for 50 years, not solely because of its good products, but because of its people and the Vlahakis family.” Scott Abrams from Congressman Brad Sherman’s office announced that Congressman Sherman has entered a statement about Earth Friendly Products’ accomplishments into the U.S. Congressional Record.

A plant-based luncheon, prepared by chef Brandon Hall, was served in the eco-garden under a large tent. During the inspiring afternoon, Vlahakis-Hanks spoke about her love of the environment and gave heartfelt praise to her employees. She thanked Congressman Lowenthal for his work to clean up millions of tons of pollutants from the port of Long Beach, Senator Harris for championing immigrant rights, Congressman Sherman for his support of the Greek community, Senator Feinstein for promoting policies to address climate change and support renewable energy, and Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva for her 31 years of public service. Vlahakis-Hanks encouraged guests to “read labels and know what you bring into your house,” and she thanked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for selecting Earth Friendly Products as the agency’s 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year.

As Vlahakis-Hanks stood on the podium, she told the moving story of her father, Van Vlahakis, a Greek immigrant who came to the U.S. with $22 in his pocket and faced many struggles. “My father was an eco- pioneer who founded this at the dawn of the environmental movement. He said that success comes to those who do the right thing – for their customers, for their employees and for the environment. The vision that guided him then continues to guide us today, as we continue to break barriers in green science. Remember that the choices you make, even the small ones, can have big consequences for your health and for our planet.”

Did you know?

About Earth Friendly Products Family owned and operated since 1967, Earth Friendly Products is the maker of ECOSTM Laundry Detergent and over 90 other sustainable products that are safer for people, pets and the planet. Made with plant-powered ingredients, ECOSTM cleaners, like our orange cleaner spray, are thoughtfully sourced, pH balanced, readily biodegradable formula, easily recyclable and never tested on animals. Earth Friendly Products is a primary manufacturer that makes its own products in sustainable manufacturing facilities located across the U.S. All Earth Friendly Products facilities are carbon neutral, water neutral and Zero Waste Platinum certified, saving over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually and diverting over 95% of all waste from landfills. Over 100 ECOSTM products have received the coveted U.S. EPA Safer Choice certification, which means that every ingredient is the safest in its class and that the product has proven superior performance. ECOSTM, ECOSTM for Pets! and ECOSTM Pro cleaners are available at selected major retailers throughout the U.S., in over 60 countries and online at