Meliora means Better

Who They Are

Can you name 5 of the ingredients in your cleaning products? Neither could Kate, who co-founded Meliora with her husband Mike in 2013. She was curious about the ingredients in her cleaning products but realized they weren’t even listed. After discovering there were no laws in place that required cleaning companies to disclose their ingredients, she knew something had to be done. Kate began experimenting with simple, safe ingredients to create soaps and detergents. After her laundry powder successfully cleaned a load of Mike’s grimey flag-football clothes, they both knew they had something worth sharing! Meliora means “better” in Latin, and better is what their products are made to be.

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Why We Like Them

Cleaning products from Meliora are all about full-disclosure, and their ingredients are listed on the front of the label. They’ll only incorporate an ingredient into the mix if it fits all of their “Big Three” Criteria:

It Works
It’s People Friendly
It’s Planet Friendly

They’re conscious about choosing ingredients that are effective and safe for the home, while causing no trouble for Mother Earth after the chores are said and done. On top of that, every Meliora product is produced in their own factory in Chicago, where they pay their workers living wages and carefully monitor the impact of their products’ production, eliminating any unnecessary waste.

Meliora partners with 1% for the Planet, donating a total of 2% of total sales to non-profits pioneering a healthier future. Their partner of choice is Women’s Voices for the Earth, supporting both sustainability and bad**s female-led initiatives. Women’s Voices for the Earth is run by women to amplify their voices and advocate for change in the way products are produced. Meliora also boasts the MADE SAFEⓇ seal and Leaping Bunny on all products, ensuring that no product or ingredients build up on our bodies, in the environment, are toxic for the oceans, or are tested on animals.

  • Phthalate Free
    Phthalate Free
  • Sulfate Free
    Sulfate Free
  • Leaping Bunny
    Leaping Bunny
  • B Corp
    B Corp
  • Vegan
  • 1% for the Planet
    1% for the Planet
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

Sulfates are synthetic chemical ingredients commonly used in beauty products and household cleaners, like shampoos and dish soaps. You can usually identify sulfates in an ingredients list by looking out for the most common types: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLC) and Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLES). These chemicals, often derived from petroleum, are used to help form the “lather” we’re used to seeing in our beauty and cleaning products. When used in the shower or sink, these chemicals can flow through the pipes and into our waterways. Synthetic sulfates have been linked to allergic reactions, eye and skin irritation, and hair loss, and some studies suggest they contain carcinogenic ingredients.

Cruelty Free International certifies that cosmetic and household products are not tested on animals. These companies are audited to ensure that the ingredients and finished products are not causing harm to animals.

The B Lab is a third-party, non-profit organization that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible. B Corps are businesses that go above and beyond traditional business models and aim to create positive change in the world through their practices. These companies must meet rigorous transparency and accountablity standards, while doing what is best for people and the environment.

This product does not contain any animal products or byproducts, and has not been tested on animals.

This company partners with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that helps promote environmental stewardship. Members commit to donating at least 1% of their sales to the program, which helps connect them to high-impact environmental nonprofits across the globe.

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

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