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 Creature Love Refill Sign photos are HERE.
2. Cleaned and protected Mid-Atlantic waterways through repeated use of our biodegradable cleaners.
3. Promoted pollinator gardens, nature’s regeneration and biodiversity. We have saved, then sold, tens of thousands of native wildflower seeds embedded in about 300 plantable Echotopia Seed Rounds. Echotopia’s recycled paper is an effective binder for the seeds.
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 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. See product description below for other tips.
All-purpose Scouring Scrub: Lemon Thyme or Orange Oregano. For kitchen and bath surfaces. Degreaser and multi-purpose surface cleaner. See product description below for other tips.
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, bike and car 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 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 ecosystem pollution along with public and environmental health costs of cleaning. Our space uses over 50% LESS electricity than the average U.S. home. Echotopia’s home office’s regional wind energy company - from whom we purchase wind power for the local grid - avoided over 2.4 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in 2018 alone. This is equivalent to taking over 233,000 cars of the road for one year, or planting over 18 million tree seedlings that grow for ten years. In 2019, we aim to do even better. We will transition to using 80% local community solar power with Neighborhood Sun (learn more HERE) and 20% wind power. We also use salvaged, compostable or recyclable materials at every opportunity, including our manufacturing process and shipping. We are close to our goal of petroleum and plastic-free ingredients and packaging. Echotopia® products and accessories don't contain nasty chemicals that harm our precious waterways. Our reuse containers do not become permanent or dangerous toxic waste destined for landfill, incinerators, or fragile natural settings like parks, trees, and rivers. 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 hundreds of Seed Rounds designed to encourage multiplying wildlife gardens that feed embattled bees, birds, butterflies and others in our shared food chain. Together, we protect, restore and regenerate natural systems in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Together, we can clean it up. Echotopia® is a social enterprise for every one. Like a melodic and soothing echo, Echotopia® is music to our ears.