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Name of Organization: 
Earth Friendly Products
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Business Description: 
Earth Friendly Products creates household cleaning products that are derived from renewable resources and plant-base materials. We pledge to provide our consumers with products that are effective, valuable and environmentally-responsible. We never test on animals or use animal ingredients in our products. We conduct our business in a socially responsible manner that safeguards the earth and all its inhabitants.
Contact Person: 
Nadereh Afsharmanesh
Vice President of Sustainability and Education
Business Location: 
Earth Friendly Products
50 Lackawanna
07054 Parsippany , NJ
United States
40° 52' 44.3568" N, 74° 27' 2.1204" W
(714) 891-3100
Number of Employees: 
Renewal Date: 
Friday, January 6, 2023
Management and Leadership
Adopt Environmental Policy Statement
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Identify Sustainability Leader
Description of Action: 
We have sustainability teams across four divisions named ECOStars, including our NJ division. A dedicated team leader is selected for each division including a group of selected teammates to initiate roll out all sustainability and community-related initiatives.
Annual Environmental Goals
Description of Action: 
Our annual environmental goals include: Efficient lights & dual flushing in toilets Reducing using rags in production by implementing sustainable practices in the production Organic Vegetable Garden Distribution of Reusable Cups and Water bottles Calculating Carbon Footprint Offsetting Carbon Emissions Recycling of Nitrile gloves Initiating Friend of the Earth Award Establishing Sustainability Committee Extensive Recycling Maintain Carbon Neutrality, Water Neutrality and Platinum-Level Zero Waste certification at all 4 divisions Implement an Employee " Sustainability Passport" that empowers employees to adopt sustainable efforts every day Implement a formal Corporate Volunteering Program Idle-Free Zone Company
Develop Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Plan
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Provide Environmentally Preferable Products Services
Description of Action: 
Our formulations are free from formaldehyde and toxins. All packaging materials are recyclable. Our bottles are up to 30% PCR.
Aspirational Goals
Description of Action: 
We share our visions with our vendors and expect them to implement similar sustainable practices in their business activities.
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Management & Leadership Other
Description of Action: 
As President and CEO of Earth Friendly Products, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks oversees all areas of management and operations for four sustainable manufacturing facilities located across the U.S. and a global sales team. She guides strategy for the company’s 200 environmentally friendly cleaning products, including ECOS household cleaners, Disney Baby ECOS cleaners, ECOS for Pets! pet care products, and ECOS Pro commercial cleaning products—over 200 SKUs sold in 62 countries. Vlahakis-Hanks is the second-generation leader of the family-owned and operated business that was founded in 1967, based in Orange County, California. Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks leads an executive team consisting of the Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Counsel, and Chief Engineer, as well as Vice President of Marketing, Vice President of Sales, Vice President of Sustainability and Education, and the General Managers of all four facilities. She develops, communicates, and implements the company’s vision and mission, making sure the goals of the company’s mission are effectively implemented and that the company culture remains focused on supporting all employees as members of the company’s family, as it has for 50 years. Vlahakis-Hanks develops the strategic plan for the company and oversees the all operations accordance with the strategic plan. She evaluates the competitive landscape of the industry and evaluates opportunities for expansion, customers, markets, and product innovations.
Waste Reduction
Description of Action: 
2020 has been a tumultuous year for our company and others likely as well. While the Covid-19 pandemic arose throughout the year, our company saw strong demand for our cleaning products. All four of our facilities ran a double shift for a while during the year. While there were new challenges facing the recycling industry at the start of 2020 and our significant increase in waste materials, ECOS did not give up on our recycling program and continued to source separate our materials for high recyclability and continued to work with our recycling haulers to ensure that our materials were recycled throughout the year.
Waste Reuse
Description of Action: 
In 2020, we conducted a detailed waste analysis to highlight the items we reuse at our facility. By looking deeper into our waste stream we found that we reuse items such as 5GL pails, 55GL drums and totes, cloth rags, cardboard and v-boards, pallets, v boards, brown shipping paper, and kitchen ware. For 2020, we were able to sum up a total by weight of the items we reuse.
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Waste Recycling
Description of Action: 
We have implemented a number of programs to reduce our waste by optimizing recycling and choosing to use easily recyclable materials. We recycle bottles, papers, metals and all sorts of packaging across manufacturing and offices.
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Energy Efficiency
Description of Action: 
All electrical appliances used are energy efficient.
Renewable Energy
Description of Action: 
In NJ we have installed solar panels that generate over 65% of our need. We offset the rest of the energy use.
Employee Commute
Description of Action: 
We provide incentives to employees who purchase eco friendly cars ($2,000) and relocate within 10 miles of our facilities ($1,000).
Efficient Business Travel
Description of Action: 
Source Concern #2 incorporates our Sustainable Transportation Policy
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Fleet Vehicles
Description of Action: 
We are partnering with EPA SmartWay program to minimize our transportation impacts.
Water Conservation
Description of Action: 
Our facilities have water saving features such as efficient toilet flushes. We are water neutral. We offset our water usage by supporting environmental initiatives to save water across the US.
Water Other
Description of Action: 
Water Neutrality at all four divisions, including NJ
Certification Programs
NJDEP Environmental Stewardship Program Recognition
Description of Action: 
Received the NJDEP Environmental Stewardship Certificate on October 20, 2020
Certification Programs Other
Description of Action: 
• The NJ Governor's Environmental Excellence Award (GEEA) - 2014 • Zero Waste Certified Facility - USZWBC • Orange County Family Owned Business Award - 2014 • EFP was chosen as one of "The 44 Healthiest Companies to Work For in America" by link: • The 2014 Natural Child World Eco-Excellence Awards (The pet Cleaner Category) • Safer Chemistry Champion Awards - 2014 • Thurston County Chamber Green Business Designation – 2014 - Washington • CleanTech OC Company of the year - 2013 - California • Thurston County Chamber Green Business, Medium Business of the Year - 2013 - Washington • MVP2 - Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award (The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) - 2012
Environmental & Community Restoration
Environmental & Community Restoration Other
Description of Action: 
Employees volunteered in the a local river cleanup with Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc.
Support the Well-Being of Your Employees
Description of Action: 
We have implemented a variety of wellness programs and reduced our insurance premium by %18,. We have distributed free brand new juicers for 300 employees (45 in NJ) to encourage and support them for a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Description of Action: 
We work with LEED Certified Architect and use low VOC paints and furniture across all five divisions, including the NJ division.
Support Community Initiatives
Description of Action: 
We support several community initiatives in NJ: The Garden State Children’s Museum - Cherry Hill, NJ Northern Valley Earth Fair (April) - Norwood, NJ Norwood Day (September) - Norwood, NJ Hackensack Riverkeeper Inc.; volunteered in river cleanup (April) - Hackensack, NJ
Adopt a Cause or Project in your Community
Description of Action: 
Earth Friendly Products bubble exhibit at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, NJ.
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Member Since: 
Tuesday, January 6, 2015