It was a beautiful and sunny day on Thursday, April 21 when I drove up to the new corporate facility for Earth Friendly Products. The grand opening of their new facility timed perfectly with Earth Day as dignitaries, business associates, and the media all converged on this auspicious occasion. With the grand opening of its flagship manufacturing facility in Southern California, Earth Friendly Products is known amongst all sustainable business companies for their highest caliber of natural and safe home cleaning products sold throughout the U.S. Because of their all-natural, non-toxic ingredients, EFP has quickly become a favorite in households across the U.S.
What started as a humble idea to bring non-toxic cleaning products to homes in the U.S. back in 1967, Earth Friendly Products eventually grew to be an international household sensation with manufacturing facilities stretching from coast to coast. From the love of the original founder Van Vlahakis, Earth Friendly Products was created to bring safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly household products to a generation where non-toxic products are vastly rising in the U.S. All of their raw materials are sourced from sustainable plants and locally when possible. Their manufacturing facilities boasts zero waste policies that won them the acclaimed Zero Waste Platinum certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Council (USZWBC). To be certified Zero Waste, a company must divert all end-use material from the landfill or incinerator, while achieving a minimum of 90% diversion. At Earth Friendly Products, they achieved over 95% of this goal which won them the esteemed Platinum award.
I was extremely appreciative for being invited to Earth Friendly Product’s grand opening at Cypress, California. Not only was the weather beautiful, but the air was clean and fresh, the people attending friendly and excited, and most of all, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, the President and CEO of EFP and daughter of the original founder, was naturally graceful and kind as always. I had the sincere pleasure of meeting her several years ago and then again this year at the Natural Products Expo.
At the grand opening ceremony, we were able to tour the entire facility starting from the front lobby to the product development department, to the manufacturing warehouse, and finally to the upstairs corporate offices. We even had the opportunity to see one of the scientists test their raw materials – just like in high school science lab! From the research and development area we had a private tour of how the manufacturing process worked. Inside the zero waste facility employees were busy filling up bottles, labeling packages, and ensuring that all of Earth Friendly Products meet their highest product standards. After all, Kelly frequently tours the entire building to ensure her products are safe and efficient.
After the grand tour, we were treated to a delicious and healthy gourmet Farm to Table lunch that featured locally grown ingredients. I had the super yummy Chickpea and Carrot Stew with Golden Raisin and Cilantro paired with a Quinoa and Fresh Greens salad. The dining area was outdoors and I was surprised when we walked out to the grounds and saw solar panels flanking their center garden. The solar panels help run the facility and work alongside the company’s ethical belief in sustainability and reducing waste. At the garden, several socially and environmentally responsible businesses set up booths to showcase their products and hand out samples as well. I had a lot of fun picking out a very unique Baby Toes succulent plant to take home to my son.
The grand opening wrapped up nicely with Kelly and her staff thanking everyone for joining them on their very special day. Guests were given seed papers to plant at home as well as any samples provided by the vendors. Kelly, beautiful and elegant, wanted to stress the importance of sustainability and being socially responsible at a time when people and companies alike must realize that our planet needs our help. She strongly suggests that consumers buy responsibly and encourage businesses to look towards a cleaner and safer future with their products.
Earth Friendly Products launched their new logo this year with the ECOS logo and all of their products are 100% transparent, safe, and sustainable. Their products are absolutely safe to use around people and pets and if you took a look at their labels and ingredients, you’d find regular household ingredients such as lavender, parsley, vinegar, and potatoes as part of their family of naturally sourced ingredients. All of their products are free from artificial dyes and fragrances, SLS-free, never tested on animals, and plant based with as much locally sourced materials as possible. Their products range from household cleaners to baby care, to pet care and can be found at natural products stores throughout the county as well as most supermarkets. For more information about Earth Friendly Products please visit their website: www.ecos.com, and their social media sites: https://www.facebook.com/ECOSLaundry/, https://twitter.com/efpclean,
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Thank you to Kelly and her team at Earth Friendly Products!
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