Inspired by Nature
Tom’s of Maine was founded with the belief that “both human beings and nature have inherent worth and deserve our respect.” Ask our employees and you’ll soon find that many of us don’t just respect the natural world – we love it. We are a company of kayakers and campers, hikers and mountain bikers and parents who poke around in tidal pools and take walks in the forest with our kids.
That’s why caring for the environment is something we’ve focused on since 1970. This value comes to life in the way we select ingredients, our manufacturing practices at our Sanford, Maine plant, and the packaging we use.
“The ingredients inside your natural personal care products matter, and we believe that you have a right to know what they are, what purpose they serve, the natural source they come from and how are they are made. You want to choose the products that you consider to be the best for your wellbeing, your community, and your planet, and we want to support you in making an informed decision.”— JOANNE MURPHY, STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE LEADER
We know you care about the ingredients in our products. We’ve shared their purpose and source since 1981 – first on our product packaging and now on our website. Our Stewardship Model defines our view of natural, sustainable, and responsible, and guides us through the process of ingredient sourcing and formula creation.
You can learn more about our process for selecting our natural ingredients by reviewing our Stewardship Model, and more about our ingredient goals by visiting our Goodness Report. Let us know what you think!
"When Tom and Kate Chappell, our cofounders, mixed up their first batches of products, they used a Kitchen Aid mixer. We've come a long way since then! Today, many of our products are made at our manufacturing facility right here in Sanford, Maine. We constantly strive to improve our sustainability practices at every level of our operations."— Brian Peabody, Tom’s of Maine Fulfillment Team Leader
We know you want to lighten your own footprint and it inspires us. Since 1970, the sustainability of our practices is something we’ve seriously considered. Examples of our progress include:
- Since 2006, 100% of the electricity we use at our manufacturing facility has been offset by investing in wind energy credits supplied by Green-e
- Our manufacturing facility and warehouse use sensor-controlled fluorescent energy-saving fixtures
- We recycle toothpaste tubes, cardboard, folding cartons, mixed paper and even challenging items like shrink wrap
Read more about our sustainability progress and goals in our Goodness Report.
Boxes Used Again and Again
Bill Hetzel talks about how re-using boxes has had a positive impact both at Tom's of Maine and at our vendors.
“It's not good enough to just make natural products. They also have to be packaged with consideration for the environment and ease of use.”- Fiona Russell, Tom’s of Maine Personal Care Brand Manager
Finding ways to do better
We are always looking for opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of our packaging, including:
- Our toothpaste cartons are made of post-consumer recycled paperboard
- We print our corrugated cases with waste ink
- We use vegetable based inks on our professionally printed materials and packaging
Start young. Live green.™
Make every day Earth Day, starting at the bathroom sink. Help us support the planet in new ways this year. We're partnering with recycling leader Terracycle® to keep broken toys out of landfills. Find out how you can help and discover other family fun ways to celebrate living green anytime.
Switching to a new toothpaste tube
In 2014 we started packaging toothpaste in "aluminum barrier laminate" tubes rather than the plastic-only laminate tubes we have used since 2011. We made the decision after lengthy consideration of factors including packaging sustainability and usability. See why we think the new tubes are a better choice.
Our full packaging story and much more.