Tom's is working to protect our rivers.
Since our very first product in 1970, a non-polluting
phosphate-free laundry detergent called Clearlake, Tom's of Maine has advocated for clean water.
Tom found himself in a bit of a pickle with Clearlake because
he'd advertised that Tom's would recycle or reuse the bottles if
consumers sent them back. So many people did that the post office
was overwhelmed with bottle returns! It was an early sign that
people were eager to get involved and help improve river conditions
(not to mention recycle).
Why are rivers so important to our quality of
You really can make a differencecongratulations
to Michael Stewart, our River Stories Video Contest Winner!
- About 50% of the drinking water in the United States comes from rivers.
- 40% of America's rivers, lakes, and estuaries are unsuitable for such basic uses as fishing and swimming.
- One out of every ten Americans is served by a community water system reporting a health standard violation.
- An overwhelming majority of Americans—218 million—live within 10 miles of a polluted lake, river, stream, or coastal area.
- Our states have identified almost 300,000 miles of rivers and streams that do not meet water quality standards.
Every community has its river heroes—people whose commitment to improving water quality helps improve the quality of life in his or her town. A plentiful supply of clean water positively impacts community health, business and recreation opportunities, and overall quality of life.
Perhaps you know one of those river heroes—perhaps you are one!
Our River Stories Video Contest
received a lot of inspiring
entries from dedicated people who have made a difference for rivers. We're excited to announce the winner:
congratulations to Michael Stewart of San Francisco, CA, and his
video story "Lobos CreekThe Ansel Adams Connection."
Michael is a volunteer for the
and his story focuses on Lobos Creek,
where Ansel Adams grew up and first developed his love of
Watch Michael's story,
or take a look at the other excellent entries on