Journey to a Climate Positive Clean
We believe that saving the planet starts with small acts. That every action, big or small, has the power to lead to a more sustainable world. That’s why we’re intentional in every step of our business, from where a product is sourced to how it’s made to where it ends up, because we don’t just want to be neutral – we’re here to leave a positive impact on the planet we all call home.Watch
After reducing our environmental footprints in carbon, water and energy, we offset our remaining impacts with investments in clean energy projects and water restoration programs. But we want to do more for the planet, so we offset 110% of our impacts – leaving the world better than we found it. That’s climate positive.
Sustainability is more than a buzzword
We’re committed to creating sustainable cleaning products with safer ingredients – and we have the qualifications to prove it.
We became carbon neutral in 2013 across our entire operation, largely in part by switching to 100% renewable energy and dramatically reducing our transportation emissions. In the process, we offset over 28 million pounds of CO2 emissions each year.
We’ve been water neutral since 2016, after strategically reducing our water consumption, implementing concentrated formulas and restoring over 14 million gallons to critically endangered habitats each year.
We achieved TRUE Platinum Zero Waste certification in 2015, meaning we actively reduce, repurpose and recycle over 99% of our manufacturing and office waste so it doesn’t end up in a landfill or incinerated.
By the numbers
is diverted away from landfills and incineration.
are restored to critically endangered habitats annually.
emissions are offset every year.
at all 4 of our U.S. facilities.
pounds of waste since 2009.
View our 2021 Sustainability Report here.
What does it mean to be eco-conscious?
The term “eco-conscious” means we consider the impact each product has on the environment. We think about our impact at every step of the development process – from the initial stages of research to the final stages of production in our sustainable manufacturing facilities. For example, we assess the environmental and human health impact of every raw material and ingredient, selecting only those that meet our stringent safety and sustainability criteria, and we actively track and reduce our carbon intensity through energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy sources, and carbon offset programs. Backed by 55+ years of eco-conscious cleaning product experience, we continue to develop innovative formulas with the goal of minimizing impacts on the environment. Being eco-conscious is about more than just certifications – like being the first manufacturer to achieve LEED Zero Carbon, LEED Zero Energy, and LEED Zero Waste certifications. We were founded with the mission to protect the health and wellness of people, pets, and the planet, and we continue to offer eco-conscious cleaning products to help move closer to that goal every day.
How does biodiversity play a part?
Being eco-conscious also means protecting the biodiversity of life on Earth. Biodiversity is the amazing variety of plants, animals, insects, and microorganisms that live and work together to support life on our planet. It’s an indicator of our planet’s health and the foundation of our own health—it affects the foods we eat, the medicines we take, and our ability to withstand extreme weather and climate change. But today, species are disappearing at an accelerating pace, throwing ecosystems in jeopardy and threatening their ability to withstand stressors like drought, disease, and global warming.
ECOS ingredients are thoughtfully sourced to help protect biodiversity. Our plant-based ingredients are grown in indigenous areas to help ensure cultivation with less water and energy than in non-indigenous regions. Most of our surfactants are derived from plant oils such as coconut oil, a renewable alternative to crude oil surfactants that contribute to climate change. We’re a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which contributes to the protection of biodiversity through the sustainable production, procurement, and use of palm oil and minimizing the negative impacts of palm oil cultivation on local communities. The RSPO also conserves primary forests and high conservation value areas through careful identification, management, and monitoring. We also partner with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), organizations that are taking action to protect high-biodiversity old-growth forests, threatened and endangered species, and critical wildlife habitat.