Clean Water = Healthy Communities
A supply of clean water positively impacts community health, business, recreation opportunities, and overall quality of life. That’s why Tom’s of Maine is dedicated to improving water quality and supporting those who work to achieve this in their own towns.
Since the very first product our cofounders Tom and Kate made in 1970 – a non-polluting phosphate-free laundry detergent called Clearlake – Tom's of Maine has advocated for clean water. Today, we're working with River Network and American Rivers, the two largest nonprofit rivers organizations in the United States, and their thousands of dedicated volunteers. Their efforts large and small add up to one huge positive impact on the health and safety of our nation’s rivers. Last year alone, over 100,000 volunteers at events across the U.S. (sponsored by our partners and the grassroots organizations with whom they work) removed over 700 tons of trash from our nation’s rivers.
We know there are a lot of people out there helping our nation's rivers, and we want to share their stories and inspire others to help, too. Our 2008 River Stories Video Contest encouraged people to share how they’re helping the rivers in their community, and we received some pretty great stuff.
Michael Stewart is our River Hero!
Congratulations to Michael Stewart, winner of our “River Stories” video contest. In his winning video, Michael documents his ongoing efforts to preserve Lobos creek in the Presidio in San Francisco.
Saving rivers, one person at a timeWe asked you to share your video stories of how you’ve helped rivers as part of our Clean Water program. Hear the winner Michael Stewart and his story.
Watch Michael's winning video
The blueprint of our businessIt's a worthwhile challenge to run a socially responsible business, and our Reason for Being helps keep us focused on creating products with the wellness of you and your communities in mind.
Our boxes travel round tripBill Hetzel talks about the impact re-using boxes has had both at Tom’s of Maine and at our vendors.