CEO, Earth Friendly Products
Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks is President and CEO of Earth Friendly Products®, maker of ECOS® plant-powered laundry detergents and household cleaners. Vlahakis-Hanks uses green science innovation and sustainable business practices to create cleaning products that are both affordable and safer while create green jobs in the U.S. Earth Friendly Products has been the lead sponsor of ASBC’s ‘Companies for Safer Chemicals’ coalition. Kelly has been a champion in advocating for federal and state legislative and regulatory reforms to increase ingredient transparency and disclosure. She played a key role in ensuring the passage of California’s historic Cleaning Product Right to Know Act in October, 2017 and has lobbied on behalf of modernizing the federal Toxic Substances Control Act.
Family-owned and -operated Earth Friendly Products has been pioneering environmentally friendly products for more than 50 years and today has sales in more than 60 countries. Under Vlahakis-Hanks’ leadership, the firm was the first to achieve the trifecta of sustainable manufacturing: carbon neutrality, water neutrality, and Platinum-level Zero Waste certification.
Vlahakis-Hanks runs an exemplary high-road workplace with four sustainable manufacturing facilities across the U.S., good pay and benefits including paid sick and family leave, and financial incentives for sustainable living choices such as buying low-emissions vehicles or solar panels.
A graduate of UCLA and Chapman University, Vlahakis-Hanks an active board member for the Environmental Media Association and the American Sustainable Business Council.