Author Archives: Biokleen

  1. 6 Eco-friendly Cleaning Products to Buy This Spring


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    Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s almost time to start cleaning out closets and making your home feel anew. What better way to spruce up than with earth-friendly spring cleaning products?

    Our Citrus Essence Laundry Liquid made the list of natural cleaning products to add to your shopping list. It’s time to get clean and go green!

  2. Biokleen Nominated for Healthy Child World Eco-Excellence Awards- Vote Now


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    We’ve been nominated for three categories in Natural Child World Magazine’s Eco-Excellence Awards! Vote for your favorite Biokleen all-natural cleaner: Pet Category: Bac-Out Stain + Odor Remover. Cleaning Category: All Purpose Spray & Wipe Cleaner and Bac-Out Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner.

  3. How green is your child’s school?


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    Take the short quiz at Green Schools Initiative to see how green your child’s school is.

  4. 8 Ways to Green 4th of July


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    Great tips for 4 of July from earth911.com!

    “The Fourth of July is right around the corner! Summer’s hottest holiday will no doubt call for backyard barbecuing, fireworks and maybe even a dip in the pool. Here’s how to throw a little green into your mix of red, white and blue.”

  5. Eco-Trips and Travel: What is Ecotourism?


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    “What does Ecotourism mean, and why should you care?”

  6. The Dirty Dozen Plus: 14 Foods You Should Buy Organic


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    “Find out which organic produce is worth paying more for.”

  7. June is Great Outdoors Month


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    “June is Great Outdoors Month, a reminder that there is so much to enjoy and appreciate in the natural environment – across the country or just outside your door. This page lists just a few ideas to help you stay safe and make the most of your time outdoors!”

  8. Outsmart Energy Waste


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    Did you know Biokleen products are manufactured with the environment in mind? Biokleen and Clark Public Utilities have been working together to outsmart energy waste.

  9. Biokleen – Best of Green 2010


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    TreeHugger Best of GreenBiokleen has been nominated by TreeHugger, a division of the Discovery Channel, for a 2010 Best of Green Awards in the Food & Health category. It’s a Reader’s Choice Award, so we need your help! You can vote for Biokleen here:

    http://www.treehugger.com/best-of-green/food-health

    We really appreciate your support! You can view all the 2010 Best of Green categories and nominees here:

    http://www.treehugger.com/best-of-green/

  10. Biokleen Launches New Bac-Out Drain Care


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    Vancouver, Wash. – January 4, 2010 Clearing your slow drains and keeping them flowing freely just got easier with Biokleen’s Bac-Out Drain Care. Using only natural ingredients, together with the Biokleen Bac-Out technology which combines enzymes with natural live cultures, for the ultimate drain care and maintenance, Biokleen Drain Care offers an effective alternative to traditional drain cleaners. Enzymes work to break down grease, fats and other organic matter into a food source the cultures digest. This synergistic blend works together and is crucial for effective treatment and maintenance of slow drains. Biokleen’s Drain Care gel formula coats thoroughly for longer protection.

    “Our customers have been thrilled with the results of all of our Bac-Out products, so we continue to expand the line to give customers more ways to use the technology,” said Barry Firth, General Manager for Biokleen. The unique Bac-Out technology is also available in Bac-Out Stain and Odor Eliminator, Bac-Out Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner, Bac-Out Bathroom Cleaner and Bac-Out Fresh Fabric Refreshers.

    Bac-Out Drain Care and the complete line of Bac-Out products are available in stores nationwide.

    You can see a product shot here: http://biokleenhome.com/products/household/general

  11. Biokleen Announces New Director of Sales


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    Portland, Ore. – Biokleen is proud to announce that Mel Lavamaki will head up its sales division as the new Director of Sales. He will pursue nationwide accounts, as well as oversee regional sales, continuing to grow the company’s presence in natural food stores and co-ops, as well as in conventional supermarkets.

    Joining Biokleen in 2008 as Western Regional Sales Manager, Lavamaki has 25 years experience in natural and retail product sales. Previous to Biokleen, he held the position of National Sales Manager for Veggieland™, a Parsippany, N.J.-based processor of fine vegetarian foods. While at Veggieland, he managed a nationwide team of brokers and gourmet and retail chain accounts throughout the U.S. and Canada, working as a product introduction consultant on the side. His broad background also includes management of nationwide retail and foodservice accounts for Gardenburger®, The Stash Tea Company and Hain Pure Food Co.

    “We were attracted to Mel because he understands what it takes to represent nationally respected brands,” said Cindy Rimer, VP of Sales and Marketing for Biokleen. “He has extensive experience in the natural living category and is helping us increase our presence in stores throughout the nation.”

    Earning a degree in Business Administration from Long Beach State College, Lavamaki is an avid musician and producer.

  12. New Natural Cleaning Products Introduced by Biokleen


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    Vancouver, Wash. – Keeping a fresh and tidy home can be both affordable and safe thanks to Biokleen’s new concentrated natural cleaning products. Free of harmful chemicals and artificial ingredients, the company’s new Bac-Out natural fabric refresher, bathroom cleaner and multi-surface floor cleaner offer an effective alternative to traditional cleaners.

    “Our customers were so happy with the results our first Bac-Out products delivered, we had no choice but to extend the line,” said Cindy Rimer, VP of Sales and Marketing for Biokleen. “And in these tough economic times, we feel good about helping people save money by offering our longer-lasting 3x concentrated products.”

    Using essential oils, fruit extracts and live enzyme-producing cultures, the new Bac-Out products attack build-up and odor until they are destroyed. The products permanently digest and eliminate build-up and odor safely and naturally, ensuring they will not return.

    • Bac-Out Fresh: A natural fabric refresher that destroys tough odors, leaving behind a light fragrant aroma. Available in Lavender & Lemon-Thyme.
    • Bac-Out Bathroom Cleaner: Specially formulated to naturally break down and remove mold and mildew stains and odors on bathroom surfaces. Available in Lavender-Lime.
    • Bac-Out Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner: Eliminates tough dirt, oil, grease, and food particles on floor surfaces, including laminate, tile and hardwood, leaving behind a natural sparkling shine. Available in Citrus Essence.

    Bac-Out Bathroom Cleaner, Bac-Out Fresh and Bac-Out Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner hit the shelves in late Spring of 2009 and are all available at stores nationwide.

  13. Biokleen Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Nationwide Sponsorship Rollout


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    Vancouver, Wash. – One of the nation’s first natural cleaning supply companies, Biokleen is celebrating its 20th anniversary during Earth Month in April and throughout 2009 by contributing a total of $35,000 to environmental and youth athletic sponsorships in 9 U.S. states ranging from Oregon to Massachusetts.

    “Our concern for the wellbeing of the environment and our friends, family and customers is what drives our business every day,” said Cindy Rimer, VP of Sales and Marketing for Biokleen and the second generation of Rimer to run the company. “This is a great opportunity for us to give back to some of our favorite causes, and further the values we have lived as a company for the past twenty years.”

    Biokleen’s sponsorship campaign will support eight environmental causes for Earth Month and beyond. Contributions will benefit both Seattle Earth Corp and Keep Austin Beautiful’s city-wide clean-ups, the Chicago Wetlands restoration effort, Boston Earth Works’ tree planting initiative, Cincinnati Earth Coalition’s Earth Day celebration, Keep Atlanta Beautiful’s sustainable science competition and Vancouver Urban Forestry’s April tree planting event in Washington State.

    In addition, Biokleen plans to donate a portion of proceeds earned during Earth Month to the California Earth Share’s statewide environmental awareness program.

    As part of an ongoing effort to encourage good health, the company is also sponsoring soccer clubs and events in Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, Texas, Chicago and Massachusetts throughout 2009.

    “We got involved with causes throughout the country so we could support as many communities and people as possible,” said Rimer. “As a green company, it is important that we encourage others to live a healthy lifestyle and take the small steps they can to make a difference.”

    A regular supporter of environment-related causes, Biokleen lives true to the green commitment it was founded on in 1989. All products remain non-toxic and biodegradable, and are developed in partnership with Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment Program.

  14. Biokleen Awarded State’s Top Environmental Honor


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    OLYMPIA – Three Vancouver-based businesses will receive the 2007 Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices in a ceremony at the state capitol on Oct. 9. No other city in the state had as many companies receiving this honor. The winners are among 11 companies and agencies Washington is recognizing this year for their success in moving the state towards a more sustainable future.

    “These winners represent the best of the best at protecting the environment while running profitable businesses,” said Jay Manning, Department of Ecology Director. “I never fail to be impressed by the creativity and vision displayed by these award winners. They show that in Washington you can protect the environment and succeed commercially at the same time.”

    The Vancouver companies receiving awards are:

    Bi-O-Kleen
    Bi-O-Kleen manufactures non-toxic cleaners and detergents from soy and citrus extracts. They consider the environment in all their operations. They make their products from renewable resources and sell them in concentrated form to limit packaging.

    They helped develop a national “green” standard for cleaners that use third-party systems for verification. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized them as a company that formulates cleaners and detergents with a positive environmental profile. Bi-O-Kleen has an Official Formulatory Partnership through the EPA’s Design for the Environment.

    By selling the products in concentrated form, the company uses less material and gives the same amount of cleaning as other products. They save in transport and in their use of material for packaging. www.biokleenhome.com/home

    SEH America, Inc.
    SEH America, Inc. produces silicon wafers for computer chips. They succeeded in maintaining high quality while reducing and eliminating the use of toxic chemicals in the processing operations.

    They worked with their colleagues in Japan to eliminate chromium in one wafer-making process. They replaced another process with one that does not need isopropyl alcohol. In less than four years, they went from discharging 270,000 pounds of chromium-contaminated wastewater to zero. They went from using 251,000 pounds of isopropyl alcohol to 47,021 pounds.

    Each year SEH America joins Clark County to hold a hazardous waste collection day for the community. They reuse water in the facility and make sure that they don’t send any contaminated water to the Bridge Creek watershed. Their recycling rate is more than 90 percent. www.sehamerica.com/

    The Holland, Inc.-Burgerville
    The Holland, Inc. owns the Burgerville restaurant chain in Washington and Oregon. In their industry, they lead the way towards sustainability by conserving energy and resources, supporting local, organically raised food, and educating their customers and employees on the benefits of sustainable practices.

    The Holland, Inc. buys renewable wind power credits for all of the electricity in the 39 Burgerville restaurants. Their example has led many others in the community to adopt wind power. All restaurants recycle their used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel. They are piloting a paper and food waste composting program at the Salmon Creek restaurant.

    The restaurants focus on serving food that is “local, fresh and sustainable.” They buy their beef, turkey, bread, cheese, eggs, and produce from ranchers and farmers who support more sustainable practices. They won the Food Network national award for the Best Better Burger. They support their employees with a good health insurance program and have cut their turnover in half.
    www.thehollandinc.com/

    Overall, the state award winners reduced or even eliminated their use of toxic materials, applied key principles of sustainability, and conserved resources that otherwise would have been consumed.

    They demonstrated excellence and leadership through their commitment to environmental quality and their willingness to share their knowledge of pollution prevention and sustainable practices. Sustainable practices allow a facility to meet its needs, without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

    An external panel of judges selected the winners from finalists reviewed by Ecology staff. The judges are past winners, pollution-prevention experts, and representatives from business, labor and environmental groups, and academia.

    For more information: Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/hwtr/GovAward/index.html

    Ecology’s Web site: http://www.ecy.wa.gov

  15. Online Store Locator – Now Available!


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    You may now click “Buy Online” in our store locator and locate an online store near you. We organized the online stores by proximity to your location in order to encourage consumers to buy from local e-tailers, cutting down on emissions from shipping. This saves everyone money and cuts down on our environmental foot print.

    Thanks and happy shopping.

  16. Biokleen Products Featured on NBC’s Today Show


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    VANCOUVER, Wash. – (April 1, 2007) – Biokleen cleaning products were recently featured on NBC’s TODAY SHOW Saturday morning, for a story on “green” cleaning products that aired nationally on the morning of March 24, 2007.

    Lawrence “Axil” Comras, founder and creator of the website greenhome.com, presented Biokleen’s Glass Cleaner and Laundry Liquid. A synopsis of the segment is currently on the TODAY Web site, and includes the following:

    “When it comes to cleaning your home, what does clean really mean? As household cleaning products go, most people associate clean with the scent of ammonia, pine, or chlorine bleach. And most people buy traditional cleaning products because our mothers and grandmothers bought them when we were growing up.

    As millions of us use this spring season as motivation to mop, dust, and scrub around the house, we’ve pulled together some of the latest “alternative” cleaning products that claim to be safer, practical and easy. They make cleaning “green,” in other words, kinder and gentler on people and the planet.

    The following Biokleen products mentioned on the show and below have been researched and “tested” by greenhome.com for their effectiveness.”

    Cleaning windows

    · Bi-O-Kleen Glass Cleaner

    Cleaning clothes

    · Bi-O-Kleen Laundry Powder

    You can see the full write-up by visiting the following link:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17755844/

  17. Welcome to BiokleenHome.com!


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    We’ve been working hard, with Kanaly Design, developing the new site and we hope you like it. We’ve added some new features that you can’t miss. So, here’s a list of new features that we want to show off. Please feel free to surf around and click till your heart’s content.

    Our new Green Living section features an awesome animation illustrating the Biokleen Promise and how we strive to leave the smallest footprint on the environment as possible. Toggle between the animation’s controls and check it out!

    We’ve added a Community Forum to encourage our friends, consumers and colleagues to help build an archive of discussion topics. Ask questions, post news or just simply read along about industry-related news, environmental topics and day-to-day comments or concerns.

    Also new, is our Newsroom Blog that we’ve incorporated into our site, providing the latest, up-to-date news. Here, you’ll find recent and archived press releases. Plus, articles about industry-related news and events. Subscribe to our RSS feed and recieve updates as soon as they’re published!

    Thank you for visiting the site. Happy clicking!