Last week I had the chance to head to Kennebunkport, Maine to meet my fellow Goodness Circle members and learn more about one of the brands we use most in our home. You might know Tom’s of Maine for their toothpaste but they really are so much more than that.
One of the core values of people who work at Tom’s of Maine is giving back. Giving back to their community and to the communities all around this country. In fact even 10% of their profits are given to charity. They go even further by encouraging their employees to give back to causes that are meaningful to them, giving them time to make it happen. 5% of their work time goes to their volunteer efforts! I knew we were truly a part of the Tom’s of Maine family when we also had the chance to give back by helping clean up the local community.
I learned right away that a little goes a long way and the more hands you have to help the more that can be done. I really enjoyed spending time with the other Goodness Circle members and we really did accomplish a lot in a short time. I can easily see why their employees were so eager to tell us about the projects they’ve helped support, it felt really great to come together and give back! One of the best parts of the trip was going to the Tom’s of Maine factory in Stanford, Maine. Pulling up you could smell the fresh mint, I knew we were going to have fun when we put on hairnets and safety googles. Touring the facility we got to learn more about the history of Tom’s of Maine.
It all began when two parents, Tom and Kate Chappell moved to rural Kennebunkport, Maine with their children. Looking to simplify their life they looked for products that were natural and simple. Unable to find any they sought out to create personal care products themselves. Kate’s garden is still on site at the factory and you can definitely smell the fresh herbs walking along the path. Tom’s of Maine set out with simple beginnings, this stand mixer is where it all started. We learned that Tom’s of Maine takes quality and safety very seriously. Everything is kept extremely sterile and their quality procedures only became better when they became part of the Colgate-Palmolive Company.
I wasn’t surprised when we found out that at the factory generates 0% waste! That’s right, no waste. Every hair net, every piece of plastic, all the material that gets wasted is recyclable. Nothing goes to waste because it was Tom and Kate’s philosophy to create a company based on the belief that people and nature deserve respect.
It’s that philosophy that I try to teach my children and it’s even better that I get to partner and work alongside companies who share this same belief.
I encourage you to take a few minutes and get to know Tom’s of Maine. After getting to know them I’m sure you’ll understand why I chose Tom’s of Maine for our family and why I am happy to partner with them as a member of the Goodness Circle. You can get social with Tom’s of Maine on Facebook and Twitter.
Let me start first with, do you know what’s in your toothpaste?