From the Earth to Your Home

ECOS booklet

We’re celebrating!

It’s an exciting year at Earth Friendly Products! We’re celebrating 50 years of making safer cleaning products for families across the U.S. and throughout the world.

In those 50 years, we’ve broken many barriers in green science and reached new heights in sustainability. But we’ve never lost sight of why we make our products—to help protect the health of our loved ones and the Earth.

Our family started this company in 1967 with a mission to make affordable, plant-powered cleaners that work great and protect our planet’s precious resources. Today, we’re still family owned and operated, and we’re more committed than ever to helping you create a healthy home for you and your loved ones.



For decades we’ve focused on how well our products clean and how clean our products are, because what goes into the bottle comes back out into the world.

Our affordable ECOS™ household products are made with plant-powered cleaning agents that get your home, clothes, and family’s things sparkling clean while protecting them and the planet. They’re made in our four Platinum Zero Waste certified factories in the USA using thoughtfully sourced global ingredients and are made without dyes, readily biodegradable, never tested on animals, and always packaged in easily recyclable containers.

Over 100 of our ECOS™ products have been certified for effectiveness and safety by the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice program. Their rigorous review means that every ingredient is the safest in it’s class, so shoppers can buy with confidence.



You treasure your little ones. That’s why we’ve partnered with Disney to create our Baby ECOS™ line of laundry and cleaning products. Baby ECOS™ products are powered by plants and pH balanced. They’ve been ‘specially designed for newborns, infants, and toddlers. Like all of our ECOS™ products, they’re made without dyes, readily biodegradable, never tested on animals, and always packaged in easily recyclable containers.

Many of our Baby ECOS™ products have received the coveted U.S. EPA Safer Choice certification, so you can feel good knowing you’re using products that are safer for your little ones and the whole household. Best of all, they work great on stubborn stains and messes!



Whether your best friend is a loyal lab, a finicky feline, or some other furry or feathered companion, our ECOS™ for Pets! line of products is powered by plants and pH balanced to be perfect for your needs. ECOS™ for Pets! has been specially designed for you and your pets because, like all of our ECOS™ products, they’re made without dyes, never tested on animals and always packaged in easily recycable containers.

Our ECOS™ for Pets! Hypoallergenic Conditioning Shampoos in Peppermint and Fragrance Free are the first pet care products to be certified Safer Choice by the U.S. EPA, which means that every ingredient is the safest in its class and that it works wonderfully too.



With over 70 formulas specifically for commercial cleaning applications, our ECOS™ Pro line of environmentally friendly cleaning products are safer for workplaces and institutions as well as the planet. Formulated with plant-powered cleaning agents, they’re made without dyes, readily biodegradable, never tested on animals and always packaged in easily recycled containers. ECOS™ Pro products are available in ready-to-use and concentrated formulas in a variety of container sizes.

ECOS™ Pro is formulated for commercial end users who are concerned about worker safety, liability issues, indoor air quality and the health of the environment, which is why we have partnered with the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice program and the USDA’s BioPreferred program.

50 Years of Innovation

Family owned and operated since 1967, Earth Friendly Products is a team of mothers, fathers, chemists, visionaries and pioneers who believe passionately that everyone should have access to safer, effective, and affordable cleaners. We’ve been breaking barriers in green science for 50 years, shattering the myth that buying “green” has to be expensive.

Inspired by our founder Van Vlahakis, every day we continue to innovate green science with our ECOSTM lines of environmentally friendly products that work great at a fraction of the price of other green cleaners.

At Earth Friendly Products, we don’t just imagine a cleaner, safer future for families—we’re building it, bottle by bottle, from the inside out.

Born from Passion. Perfected by Science.
Sustainably Produced. Made with .

Carbon Neutral Manufacturing

With four strategically located manufacturing facilities across the U.S., we source locally and ship locally to:
• Dramatically reduce carbon emissions
• Create green jobs in the U.S.
• Support local economies
• Reduce our costs to keep prices low

Our facilities are powered by 100% renewable energy, including solar panels at each facility.

We became carbon neutral in 2013, and we save over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually. That’s the equivalent of removing 5,089 passenger vehicles from the road each year!

Water Restoration Programs

Earth Friendly Products supports the following water restoration projects:

The Sacramento River Wetland Enhancement Project, which helps keep fields flooded to sustain critical wetland habitat in California’s Central Valley and provides 10,000 acres of habitat each year for hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds.

The Middle Deschutes River Project, which helps sustain healthy river flows and foster a healthy ecosystem for the red-band trout, otters, ospreys, and other wildlife species that inhabit Washington’s iconic Deschutes River.

The Yampa River Project, which helps restore flows to Colorado’s Yampa River during the critical summer period to support the local recreation economy and protect native and sport fisheries.

The Upper Dotta Meadow Project, which helps restore this critically dewatered meadow ecosystem in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, an area that was once vibrant with healthy streams, robust trout populations and diverse bird species.

Since we achieved water neutrality in 2016, we’ve restored over 10 million gallons of water to these endangered habitats.

Water Neutral Manufacturing

After six years of reducing our water usage, we became water neutral in 2016. Water neutrality is an essential part of our sustainability program and our 50-year commitment to protecting our water resources.

What is water neutrality? It’s a measure of “zero net water usage.” We achieved this by significantly reducing our water use and by supporting programs that restore water to critically depleted ecosystems.

We’re deeply committed to minimizing our impact on water resources in the U.S. and creating healthier ecosystems and a better quality of life for the people who live and work near these important habitats.

“Nothing is more important than the health of our rivers, wetlands and coastal ecosystems.”

– Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, President & CEO

Zero Waste Manufacturing

All Earth Friendly Products facilities have received the prestigious Platinum Zero Waste certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC).

Earth Friendly Products is the first company to have all its manufacturing facilities certified Platinum Zero Waste, the highest possible distinction from the USZWBC.

What does Platinum Zero Waste certified mean? It means that we divert over 95% of our waste from landfills and incineration.

We provide extensive training to our employees to help them minimize waste in their daily activities through reducing, reusing, recycling and, most importantly, rethinking ways to prevent waste. Our vendors are a critical part of our Zero Waste success, and we work closely with them to minimize the packaging they send to our facilities and ensure that materials are recyclable.

Green Jobs, Living Wages

• Living minimum wage of $17/hour
• Paid medical & life insurance
• Paid sick & personal time
• Paid parental leave
• Paid vacation
• Retirement benefits
• Financial incentives for “green” purchases such as a low-emissions car or solar panels

Supporting Employees, Supporting Families

As a family owned and operated company, we’re committed to supporting our employees with a living wage and family friendly benefits.

We pay our employees one of the highest minimum wages in the U.S. and offer great benefits, not just because it reflects our core values or because it make good business sense. We do it because our employees are part of our family, and we believe that making families stronger helps makes our country stronger and our world a better place.

The Inspiring Story Behind ECOS™

“A Green Story holds interest as a gentle, old-fashioned look at achieving the American dream.”

“…Inspirational drama A Green Story chronicles the struggles of a Greek émigré who rises from poverty to become the leading inventor of eco-friendly household cleaning solvents.”

“An eco-pioneer, Earth Friendly Products was one of the very first to manufacture home cleaners without toxins, petrochemicals, bleach, ammonia and phosphates… Earth Friendly Products has stood out in the green marketplace by making natural ‘green’ products accessible and affordable.”
— Huffington Post

back to press