Sustainable Manufacturing Icon Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks Goes Green for Halloween in Innovative Upcycled Costume

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products®, models three sustainable Halloween costumes made entirely from remnant and recyclable materials from her manufacturing facility.

“Halloween brings out the creativity in all of us, and it’s a great opportunity to show that we can use discarded everyday materials to create fun costumes,” says Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products®.

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products®, continued her tradition of creating a greener Halloween by partnering with innovative costume designer Diana Rennie to create a one-of-a-kind upcycled “Queen of Hearts” costume made entirely of recyclable materials.

Designed by California-based Rennie, who works with clients such as the Disneyland Resort and Cirque du Soleil, the Tim Burton–inspired Queen of Hearts gown was made using remnant materials from the manufacturing of the company’s ECOS™ environmentally friendly cleaning products. Soap pumps, plastic bottles, label backings, and cardboard were repurposed to create the stunning gown.

“This was an exciting and truly unique project. The challenge was to use remnant ECOS™ packaging and manufacturing materials to create a design on par with the elaborate costumes I create for the entertainment industry,” says Rennie. “Remnant soap pumps became hearts for the crown, collar, and scepter, and I cut cardboard label cores and recyclable plastic bottles to make the collar and sleeves. I also used recyclable plastic garbage bags to create the bodice and petticoat.”

Vlahakis-Hanks has commissioned several stunning upcycled Halloween costumes, partnering with fashion designers on costumes such as Star Wars’ Queen Amidala and Marie Antoinette in past years.

“Halloween brings out the creativity in all of us, and it’s a great opportunity to show that we can use discarded everyday materials to create fun costumes,” says Vlahakis-Hanks. “Creating an upcycled costume helps me remember to think green all year long. There are thousands of ways to find great new uses for discarded items.”

Vlahakis-Hanks adds, “By choosing to skip the plastic, store-bought costumes and make your own design, you’ll not only have fun expressing your creative side, you’ll reduce your impact on landfills and help protect our planet.”

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Family owned and operated since 1967, Earth Friendly Products® is the maker of ECOS™ Laundry Detergent and over 200 other environmentally friendly products that are safer for people, pets, and the planet. ECOS™ plant-powered cleaners are made in the USA using thoughtfully sourced global ingredients. Made without dyes, parabens, phosphates or phthalates, ECOS™ cleaners are pH balanced, readily biodegradable, and never tested on animals. Earth Friendly Products is a leader in sustainable manufacturing with carbon neutral, water neutral, and Zero Waste Platinum certified facilities that save over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually and divert over 95% of all their waste from landfills. The company has received many awards for its innovations in safer green chemistry and is a two-time winner of the U.S. EPA’s coveted Safer Choice Partner of the Year. ECOS™, Baby ECOS™, ECOS™ for Pets!, and ECOS™ Pro products are available at major club and grocery retailers and natural foods stores throughout the U.S., in over 60 countries, and online at

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Carrie Brunner grew up in a small town in northern New Brunswick. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.
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