As part of the celebration, Earth Friendly Products presented Friends of Costco with a check for $100,000 in support of Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition, employees of the Lacey plant were gifted with an extra week’s salary.
Andy Ryder, mayor of Lacey, presented a proclamation thanking Earth Friendly Products for choosing Lacey as one of its four US manufacturing facilities, for creating green jobs for the denizens of Lacey and doing it all with a carbon neutral footprint. He added: this company “lives up to its name of being earth friendly and should be applauded for the work they do.”
During the event, Vlahakis-Hanks spoke about her love of the environment and gave heartfelt praise to her employees and regional partners—the Hands-on Children Museum, the Boys and Girls Club and Harlequin Productions. She also expressed gratitude for Washington’s support of her firm.
In addition, she shared the story of her father, Van Vlahakis, a Greek immigrant who came to the US with $22 in his pocket. “My father was an eco-pioneer who founded this company at the dawn of the environmental movement. He said that success is doing the right thing that vision guides us to continue to break barriers in green science,” she said. “I vow to protect people, pets and the planet and finally: the small choices you make—even the smallest—can be big consequences for your health and that of the planet.”