Echotopia® is Baltimore's garden-based, zero-waste and biodiversity building cleaning products business.
2018 MILESTONES: In just 3 years, Echotopia’s customers have:
1. Prevented over 2,000 items of trash through refills/sales. Echotopia’s rustic Creature Love Refill Sign photos are HERE.
2. Cleaned and protected Mid-Atlantic waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, through our customers’ use of our biodegradable cleaners.
3. Promoted pollinator gardens, nature’s regeneration and biodiversity. We have sold tens of thousands of our own native wildflower seeds embedded in about 300 plantable Echotopia Seed Rounds using Echotopia’s recycled paper as a binder. Our unique product multiplies local ecosystem regeneration, restoration, and reciprocity with nature, especially when our customers share their delightful abundance of seeds with others.
4. Expanded Baltimore’s fair trade, local living economy through: pioneering our zero waste packaging and refill model at farmers markets where local, zero waste shopping is easy; fair pay for our vendors; 97% local sales/refills; prioritizing buying ingredients and accessories from local and regional gardens, farms, and other vendors.
With a refill station stall at Baltimore weekend farmers markets, we sell laundry detergent, kitchen/bath cleaners, and hand scrub powder. Our child-friendly products get the job done. We use home grown medicinal herbs, essential oils, sustainably mined U.S.-sourced minerals, and local vegan castile soap. We NEVER use petroleum byproducts in our ingredients. We offer re-use packaging & plastic-free or compostable accessories. Our products are fragrant, concentrated and safe. We sell plantable paper discs, Echotopia Seed Rounds, with embedded native perennial seeds. The wildflowers that germinate support pollinators, promoting eco-restoration and reciprocity with nature’s systems. Echotopia prioritizes fair trade and regional business partners. Echotopia® has an immediate positive impact on the environment and on the local living economy. Echotopia LLC is based in Baltimore, MD, USofA.
Visit Facebook HERE for our current market schedule in Baltimore, Maryland.
For our story, see our 2015 fundraising video HERE.
See first season, 2015, farmers market photos HERE
Our cleaning products:
Echotopia® cleaning products are highly concentrated and longlasting.
Laundry Powder: Lavender, Sage & Rosemary or Chamomile Rose. Works in all washing machines, top loading and HE side loading. Put directly in the drum.
All-purpose Scouring Scrub: Lemon Thyme or Orange Oregano. For kitchen and bath surfaces. Degreaser and multi-purpose surface cleaner.
Hand Scrub: Hint of Mint or Tea Tree Tarragon. Highly concentrated. Replaces wasteful liquid soaps in dangerous plastic containers. Exfoliating and moisturizing hand cleaner. Removes tough odors and stubborn stains, even from cuticles and nails. Ideal for cooks, farmers, gardeners, mechanics, painters, cobblers, jewelry makers, crafters, print makers, ceramic artists, fisherpeople.
Echotopia® waste-free natural cleaning products are aromatherapeutic and are locally manufactured by hand in small batches. They are sold at weekend Baltimore farmers' markets and area shops.
At markets, customers can 1) bring their own containers, 2) use our upcycled containers when in stock, 3) buy Echotopia® re-use glass jars or canvas bags, 4) then return for refills, paying only for the powders..
Echotopia® implements cleaner, greener practices, reducing pollution, and hidden public and environmental health costs of cleaning. We use no petroleum byproducts in our ingredients. Echotopia’s home office uses clean electricity: 80% local community solar power, and 20% wind power from a regional energy provider. We also use salvaged, compostable or recyclable materials at every opportunity, including our manufacturing process and shipping. Echotopia® products and accessories don't contain nasty chemicals that harm our precious waterways. Our reuse containers do not become toxic waste destined for landfill, incinerators, or natural settings. Echotopia® will implement non-fossil fuel transportation at our earliest opportunity.
Echotopia® partners with our customers to create local wildflower habitats through another unique product, Echotopia® Seed Rounds: homemade 3" old paper discs embedded with native flower seeds. In our first three years of business, our customers purchased almost 500 Seed Rounds for planting, to encourage multiplying wildlife gardens that feed local embattled bees, birds, butterflies and others in our shared food web.
Together, we protect, restore and regenerate the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Together, we can clean it up.
Echoes are multipliers of lovely sounds. Topia is about a specific place. Like a soothing echo for our shared home, Echotopia® is music to our ears.