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WA Governor Visits Green Manufacturer ECOS on Earth Day

ECOS welcomes Gov Inslee
Governor Inslee at the ECOS climate-positive manufacturing facility in Washington on Earth Day. Credit: ECOS

ECOS, a pioneer in environmentally friendly cleaning products, welcomed Washington Governor Jay Inslee to its sustainable manufacturing facility in Lacey, Washington, on Thursday to celebrate Earth Day.

Governor Inslee praised the Greek American family-owned company for its leading role in the cleaning products industry as a climate positive manufacturer and as an essential business in the fight against COVID-19.

“ECOS is another example of a green company thriving in Washington state,” Inslee said.

“They have embodied our state’s spirit of pioneering climate change policy, achieving carbon neutrality five years ago, and committing to a climate positive business model for the future.”

Earth Day is celebrating its 51st anniversary this year with the theme of “Restore the Earth.”

ECOS, which makes over 200 plant-powered cleaning products, is a leader in sustainable business practices, including carbon neutrality, water neutrality, and Platinum Zero Waste.

On April 1st, the Greek American family-owned company announced it has gone beyond neutrality to become climate positive, regenerating 110% more natural resources than it uses or emits.

“I’m so inspired by how our employees responded to the unprecedented demand for safer cleaning products during this pandemic,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, President and CEO of ECOS.

“The fact that they stepped up to meet the global demand and were still able to advance our sustainability to achieve Climate Positive manufacturing is a testament to their dedication to our consumers and to the planet. We’re honored that Governor Inslee joined us on Earth Day to recognize their achievements.”

Each April 22nd, over 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities such as picking up trash and reducing their energy use.

ECOS celebrates Earth Day each year with new sustainability initiatives, including investments in clean wind energy projects and water restoration initiatives for critically threatened ecosystems.

ECOS CEO Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks with Governor Inslee
ECOS President and CEO Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks showing Governor Inslee the new ECOSNext liquidless laundry detergent in her Company’s green science lab. Credit: ECOS

As part of its annual tradition, ECOS will celebrate Earth Day by thanking its employees for their essential role in helping the company achieve its sustainability milestones and giving them an Earth Day bonus in honor of the special day.

Vlahakis-Hanks made ECOS a model for green business

Vlahakis-Hanks has been recognized for her highly effective leadership and influential voice in the green movement and in corporate social responsibility.

She has been instrumental in making ECOS a model for green business practices and a leader in the green cleaning products market.

In a recent interview with Greek Reporter, she said that her passion to save the planet was instilled in her by her late father Van Vlahakis.

“I had the great fortune to be Van Vlahakis’ daughter and have the opportunity to learn from my father the importance of protecting our planet and being environmentally responsible. He was a passionate, visionary person who instilled these values in me from a young age.”

Family owned and operated since 1967, ECOS makes plant-powered laundry detergents and cleaners that are safer for people, pets, and the planet.

The Company’s products are made in the USA at facilities in Washington, California, Illinois, and New Jersey using thoughtfully sourced global ingredients.

Made without dyes, formaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, parabens, phthalates, or optical brighteners, ECOS products are pH balanced, greywater and septic safe, and never tested on animals.

ECOS has won many awards for its green chemistry innovations, including the U.S. EPA 2020 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award.

ECOS, Baby ECOS, ECOS Pets and ECOS PRO cleaners are available at major club and grocery retailers and natural foods stores throughout the U.S., including Costco, Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Albertsons/Safeway, Fred Meyer/QFC, and WinCo, as well as internationally and online.

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