ECOS, a pioneer in environmentally friendly cleaning products, hosted California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal, and other dignitaries at its sustainable manufacturing facility on Tuesday, August 31.
Joined by CEO Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, the esteemed guests show first-hand how ECOS’ Cypress, California, team rose up to meet the extraordinary demand for cleaning products, displaying the highest expression of patriotic duty to help protect people across the U.S. and around the world.
In addition, ECOS® received the first-ever Platinum-level WELL Certification for a cleaning products manufacturer, certifying that the company has created facilities that prioritize employee health and well-being and embeds people-first strategies into its organizational culture.
With a vision to continuously set its sustainability standards higher, ECOS® announced earlier this year that it is now a Climate Positive company, regenerating more natural resources than it consumes to produce its plant-powered products, furthering its mission to protect the planet.
Honored guests of the event included: California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis; U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal; Field Representative for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Krystian Lahage; Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley, 2nd District; Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman of International WELL Building Institute; Girl Scouts Ambassador Troop 1982.
Lt Gov Eleni Kounalakis said that ECOS is at the forefront of the effort to protect the environment.
“Californians care about the environment. We are a global leader in combating climate change and a global leader in innovation around protecting our environment. At ECOS, all of you here are at the forefront of that effort. So let me just start by saying from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for pursuing your mission every single day.”
She expressed her gratitude for the service the company and its workers are performing during the pandemic.
“I want to not just thank you but to express to you, on behalf of all the people of the state of California, that we see you, that we know what you are doing, and that you have our gratitude for your service during this extraordinarily challenging time, as we and the rest of the world have combated this global pandemic.”
ECOS’ employees a priority
In a recent interview with Greek Reporter, Vlahakis-Hanks explained how her company, which makes the environmentally friendly ECOS Laundry Detergent and other household cleaners, adapted to the coronavirus pandemic by prioritizing the health of its employees.
2020 was a turbulent year for many US-based businesses as the pandemic hit. But, as Vlahakis-Hanks explains, ECOS was well-suited to meet the challenge with its mission to protect the health of people, pets and the planet.
“I’ll never forget March 15th, when orders came at eight times the normal rate, which would normally have been a celebratory event, had it not been for the pandemic,” she recalls.
Cleaning products are the number one weapon in the war on Covid-19. People need them more than ever. Demand from hospitals, care facilities and residential homes has skyrocketed. People rushed to the stores, concerned that the supply chain would be disrupted.
“When the entire world shut down, we had to ramp up to meet the unprecedented global demand for cleaning products,” Vlahakis-Hanks says. For her, 2020 was a very challenging year because, as she told Greek Reporter, “the most important thing for me was to protect my team and to keep them safe and healthy.”
ECOS put immediately in place strict safety protocols, including six-foot spacing, mask and glove use, frequent handwashing, temperature checks, and increased cleaning and disinfecting.