The Eco Laundry Company

Organic Dry Clean and Organic Wash and Fold

New York, New York

United States

www.ecolaundrycompany.com

About The Eco Laundry Company

The Eco Laundry Company was born from the philosophy that an industry widely known to be environmentally destructive could be changed into one that is sustainable. The company’s aim is to demonstrate that sustainability and profit can go hand in hand and push forward the new paradigm of conscious capitalism that they like to call “Happytalism”.

The Eco Laundry Company was born in Buenos Aires where the flagship store opened in early 2010 and in 2012 expanded into New York City with the launch of its Chelsea location. The company quickly gained worldwide media attention, being featured in leading publications such as Wallpaper*, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York Magazine as well as extensive press coverage throughout Latin America, Asia and Europe.
 
The Company’s Founder Phillipe Christodoulou and his business partner Jean Calleja are determined to continue to push the boundaries of what Capitalism means in today's world and how it can be channeled to create meaningful change.

B Corp certification was important to us because it gave us a way to substantiate our value claims. Unfortunately many companies are misleading consumers by claiming to be ‘green’ when in fact they are simply not. We felt that it was important for our customers to feel confident that we were living up to our mission. As a young small business, it was also extremely helpful to work through the process of certification in order to learn more about how we could improve on our pledge to put people and the planet before profit.

The Change We Seek®

As a whole, the laundry and dry cleaning industry is a pretty nasty business. It churns through massive amounts of energy, huge volumes of clean drinking water, utilizes extremely toxic chemicals which are proven to be cancer causing and adds vast quantities of non biodegradable plastic to our landfills that then sit there for hundreds of years.
 
The Eco Laundry Company’s goal is to recreate the laundry industry, by breaking it down into parts and figuring out how to make each part of its business more sustainable. Their stores are fitted out using recycled and organic materials where possible. They use only non toxic, biodegradable, phosphate free, organic soaps and softeners and their dry cleaning process is both friendly to the environment and to their customers, utilizing Effective Microorganism (EM) technology to ensure that the process is as gentle and healthy as possible for all involved.
 
All returning customers are given a free organic, unbleached, recycled cotton laundry bag, which is reusable. This greatly reduces the amount of plastic waste and where plastic must be used, it is new generation fully recyclable and biodegradable.
 
The Eco Laundry Company encourages its customers to reduce their footprint in their homes by offering a water saving tool called the Water Hippo free to anyone who will commit to installing one. Their Buenos Aires store is a recycling drop off point for the local community and the company’s founder Phillipe Christodoulou works with adolescents in a foundation exploring solutions to problems around sustainability.
 
Whilst The Eco Laundry Company takes a multi-pronged approach to improving its footprint through sustainable action, it is absolutely committed to continue innovating within its industry sourcing or producing the safest and most sustainable products and updating its systems and machinery as technology advances.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2013
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
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55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Environment: 100% of company facilities are located within 1/2 mile of public transportation; Company monitors energy usage and has met specific reduction targets

Community: Company gives preference to local and sustainable/fair trade suppliers and requires specific environmental criteria; 80% of materials from significant suppliers have third-party environmental certification; Over 30% of suppliers are majority-owned by women or ethnic minorities; There is a formal written policy setting requiremed commitment for Charitable Giving

Governance: Company has integrated an explicit commitment to social impact and environmental stewardship in mission; Employee training includes instruction about environmental/social mission

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