Yes, Baby ECOS is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, cleans beautifully, and is a trusted Disney Partner.
There’s more! We want you to see our true colors; green, and deep green.
- Why Baby ECOS/Sustainability
Because sometimes your little one is especially prone to allergies or sensitivities. We’ve worked with the EPA to have Baby ECOS Laundry Detergent Free & Clear certified. The EPA’s rigorous testing standards are thorough, exhaustive and worth it for the peace of mind it brings!
Because we help keep kids healthy! Every single ingredient cleans like crazy but does no harm to anything but dirt. AND we created great policies for green-ness and stick to them, advocating for corporate policies and government legislation that protect children from environmental risks. We work to teach and inform, sometimes one person at a time, about the need to keep children safe from environmental toxins. And we love HCHW’s advocacy — it’s what we’re all about!
We use a bird’s eye view of our impact on the planet. It’s called Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). It tries to consider everything: Land use, transportation, manufacturing process, by-products, the impact of a customer’s use, disposal and finally, biodegradation.
Keeping a weather eye on all of these aspects helps us look for more & more sustainable ways of doing our work! For a deeper analysis of our policies, click here.
We think palm trees (specifically, Elaeis Guineensis) should be left alone. Indonesia and Malaysia have been some of the biggest producers of palm oil. The severe deforestation of their rainforests has added unimaginably to global warming.
We use coconut oil from coconut farms that grow Cocos Nucifera, in established locations dedicated to farming. These groves last 60+ years before needing re-planting! It’s truly a renewable, sustainable resource. When coconuts are used, it is very easy to replace them. Coconut trees can grow in almost any kind of soil — even in sandy soils in seashores. They are considered a “three-generation tree” which can support a farmer, his children and his grandchildren. Coconut oil is regarded as renewable resources, which can be grown again (in contrast to fossil and mineral raw materials such as crude oil, coals, ores, etc., limited and finite resources.)
Butterflies need three kinds of vegetation populations in order to thrive. When climate change destroys or violates one of those vegetation populations, the butterfly population diminishes. When butterflies are thriving, it’s an indication that the area they are in is healthy, too. It’s amazing that when science monitors butterfly populations, they know when an area needs bio-mitigation (some form of ecological help).
Because his mommy makes sure everything that touches his skin free of irritating chemical residues. In other words, he’s surrounded by soft, clean bedding and sleepers! Hypoallergenic, petrochemical-free Baby ECOS protects baby’s future, too. Using one bottle of Baby ECOS means using one less bottle of detergent with petrochemicals. Voila! You are protecting the environment. Petrochemical raw materials (Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Coal) are complex chemical structures. When processed into things like fuel, plastics and chemicals, the by-products of processing are often toxic (most commonly, benzene and ethylene oxide, known carcinogens!) And petrochemicals do not grow! They are not sustainable.
Baby ECOS is made primarily from coconut oil: a sustainable ingredient because it comes from a growing thing. It can be processed for many uses like food, medicines and some chemical products. The by-products of processing are relatively minor and non-toxic — for example, salt!
Here is a list of ingredients you’ll never find in any Baby ECOS product:
Alkyl benzene sulfonates (ABS) or linear alkyl sodium sulfonates (LAS) - A class of synthetic surfactants, which are very slow to biodegrade. During the manufacturing process, carcinogens and reproductive toxins such as benzene are released into the environment. LAS are synthetic and may cause skin irritation on prolonged contact.
Alkyl phenoxy polyethoxy ethanols - This is a general name for a group of synthetic surfactants. They are slow to biodegrade in the environment and have been implicated in chronic health problems.
Artificial fragrances - Artificial fragrances are made from petroleum. Many do not degrade in the environment, and they often can cause allergies and skin or eye irritation.
Diethanolamines - A synthetic family of surfactants. Diathanolamines are slow to biodegrade and they react with natural nitrogen oxides and sodium nitrite pollutants in the atmosphere to form nitrosamines, a family of potent carcinogens.
EDTA (ethylene-diamino-tetra-acetate) - A class of synthetic, phosphate-alternative compounds. EDTA is also used as a foaming stabilizer. EDTA does not readily biodegrade and once introduced into the general environment can re-dissolve toxic heavy metals trapped in underwater sediments, allowing them to re-enter and re-circulate in the food chain.
Optical brighteners - Optical brighteners do not readily biodegrade. They are toxic to fish when washed into the general environment and can create bacterial mutations. They can cause allergic reaction when in contact with skin that is then exposed to sunlight.
Petroleum distillates (naphthas) - They are synthetic and likely to cause one or more detrimental health or environmental effects.
Phosphates - They contribute to significant eutrophication of waterways and create unbalanced ecosystems by fostering dangerously explosive marine plant growth.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) - PEG is a polymer made from ethylene oxide and is similar to some non-ionic detergents. Not considered toxic, it takes large doses to be lethal in animals. However, PEG is slow to degrade and is synthetic.
Xylene sulfonate - Xylene is a synthetic that, when reacted with sulfuric acid, creates a surfactant. Slow to biodegrade in the environment and moderately toxic.
Think of how much water you use weekly to do laundry. Multiply it by the homes in your neighborhood. Add your neighboring cities! Imagine: Tons of detergent-laden water hurtles through your area’s drain system, day after day, and week after week. All that laundry detergent ends up in our water systems. Treatment plants can treat for bacteria, but not for petrochemical detergents. Many compounds remain in the water system.
The EPA is on it. They’ve developed a program awarding safe detergents, called ‘Safer Detergent Stewardship Initiative.’ The EPA considers Baby ECOS very safe for our water systems. Out of three award levels, the EPA has given Baby ECOS their highest ‘Champion’ status, which is their most vigorous stamp of approval.
Because we have salespeople that drive cars and fly in planes, as well as trucks that have to carry products, we offset these carbon-producing activities by offsetting, or, cleaning up after ourselves! We count the carbon load we’ve asked the planet to bear. Then, for example, we buy wind power and give it to someone who would otherwise use fossil fuel. It’s what makes us ‘Carbon Neutral’, and it’s the right thing to do. Here’s in interesting calculation: Last year, we offset what is equal to the preservation of 188.58 acres from being deforested!
Sadly, yes; these are by-products that occur when blending natural ingredients, unless you know how to prevent it. Natural ingredients need to be pre-screened for purity, which is something we do for every ingredient when it arrives on our doorstep, and also after it’s mixed together with other ingredients. Our chemists put every batch through a tough testing cycle! Unfortunately for consumers, there is no way to test for these unless you’re a chemist. But the good news is that neither is in any Baby ECOS product!
It’s important for all of us to take part in our communities, reaching out in many different ways, from donations to man-hours! Here is our CA team, raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness in 2013. We donate to food pantries, animal shelters, prisons, victims of natural disasters, hungry children across the globe, schools and many important and needy causes.
The Greenerprinter’s Sustainable Green Printing Partnership certification is based on our company’s sustainable green printing practices and partnership in reducing our environmental impact. Use of non-toxic soy inks, paper with 30%-100% post consumer content, avoiding paper whitened with chlorine bleach; these are some of the policies we use in out in-house printing facility.
When we make any kind of purchase, a lot of thought (& science!) has gone into it. We put decisions through a sustainability test. Here’s the short list!
1. Will it create waste?
2. Will it deplete natural resources?
3. What kind of impact will it have on the natural world?
4. Will it use the least amount of energy possible?
5. Is there any toxicity involved? V.O.C.’s?
6. Is it safe & non-toxic for our staff and consumers?
7. Can we get it locally?
We want to be sure every purchase we make enhances the environment, the lives of our customers and is in line with our core non-toxic ethic.
We like showing love to the environment by helping employees shrink their carbon footprint. So we give subsidies to staff members moving within 10 miles of their workplace, so their commute is shorter. We subsidize employees who purchase cars that get 40 or more MPG. There are subsidies offered to staff for ride-sharing, biking, walking or taking public transportation to work. Oh, and if they decide they’d like to install solar panels, we offer an incentive for that, too.
We always strive to purchase everything we can from local resources. Sometimes we have to buy ingredients from a distance. Either way, we have expectations that our suppliers will keep their written promises, adhere to the law and also treat their staff well. So we have a Code of Conduct all suppliers must follow, and to make sure they do, we run audits. That means we go to our supplier’s premises, check pertinent documents and make a thorough inspection. These audits help us keep everything on track. They’re important! If you’d like to read the Code of Conduct, click here.
It’s an award Healthy Living Magazine gave for our product purity. Since laundry detergents are the second leading human cause of inorganic pollution, Healthy Living has a foundation working to raise awareness of xenoestrogens (substances that act like female hormones in the water system). The rise in childhood asthma has also raised an alarm over VOCs in cleaning products. (VOC’s are volatile organic compounds that are asthma irritants and cause a number of serious health problems.) We want you to know from independent sources that Baby ECOS is VOC-free.
Manufacturing centers like ours typically add a lot to landfill: 20 dumpsters a week. We took a look at ours a few years ago and went to work; now we’re down 95%, and heading towards zero waste.
Here’s How: We’ve put important policies into place that you can use in your own home.
1. Recycle vigorously. We recycle every bit of cardboard, every plastic strap or bottle, and re-use everything like wooden pallets. Once you get in the habit, it’s easy!
2. Everyone on staff uses their own company-issued thermal drink cup or gets a mug out of the kitchen cupboard (which they wash themselves!) When guests come in, we don’t bring in disposables. We use real glass or ceramic cups and plates, and stainless flatware. We don’t allow plastic foam or other non-recyclable containers.
3. There’s so much more to tell, but not enough room here! If you’d like to read about things like closed-loop lifecycles, industrial ecology practices and one-link supply chains, go here. It’s great information, but first get yourself a cup of coffee and settle in. There’s a lot of it!
We use very simple ingredients like chamomile essential oil or coconut oil. Soon we’ll be putting the scientific names on labels. We want you to know the scientific name so that you can look up any ingredient and research it easily. It’s a part of our ingredient disclosure movement. Our aim is for complete transparency.
Last year we gave all of our staff juicers and delicious, wholesome recipes for creating their own anti-oxidant cocktails. Mm, mm, good! We highly recommend it! Through our wellness program we hold classes so that the staff has the opportunity to learn about healthy lifestyle habits, the latest in health research and some good reminders of the basics in diet and fitness; even dental care! We figure if they take good care of themselves, they’ll take good care of their families and neighborhoods, and we’ll widen the circle of health and wellness in a ripple effect.
Yes you can, and we do! The Environmental Protection Agency works hard to encourage and identify leading organizations that make the large green power purchases, those using 100% green power, and the partners generating and using the most green power on-site. It’s not easy being green, but we’re doing it!
It’s a completely harmonious cycle, where people provide themselves with food, energy, shelter and other needs in the same way natural ecosystems do; with no waste and no overuse of natural resources, because everything that is produced gets used or put back. It’s the ultimate sustainable lifestyle!
We’re working towards permaculture and thinking about our products’ impact on the earth, from cradle to cradle, as they say. We start by reducing unnecessary waste. This can go from trying to use remanufactured products as often as possible, to requesting that our suppliers use less packing! We watch our water use with low-water appliances in restrooms, and re-use our manufacturing water after cleansing it through an osmosis-based purification system. We have energy efficient lighting and use natural light as much as possible. Printing paper has the highest possible post-consumer content. Office machines have the latest energy efficient functions. It’s thoughtful living, and we believe the planet’s future makes every effort worth it.
We know our staff is indoors during the best part of every day, so each facility has it’s own organic garden. Some of us grow tomatoes, some have tried corn, while others go for flowers. Whatever any individual chooses to grow, we know it’s food for the soul, too. There’s just something about a garden that brings deep satisfaction and delight!
Both have given us special awards for the safe and sustainable way we make products. California’s coveted Geela Award was based on documented results, impact on the environment and resources, economic progress (job creation), innovation, pollution prevention and Environmental Justice. Illinois’ Governors Sustainable Award was based on the significance of our sustainability activities, including the reduction of waste, emissions and use of natural resources like energy and materials, the economic benefit to the state and employee involvement.
We’re very proud that our hard work has gained such significant kudos!
Genetically modified organisms don’t interact with the human metabolism as well as natural organisms do. The DNA in natural organisms reproduce in randomized ways that modified organisms can’t mimic. Our bodies often react badly to genetically modified organisms. That’s why we’re drilling down with every supplier and doing the work to make sure we are free of GMO’s.
The leaping bunny icon is on our products so that you know every Baby ECOS product is cruelty free!