You may have seen recent news of a major retail laundry detergent brand announcing a commitment to move to a phosphate-free formula. We say, ‘Welcome to the club!’
If you use an Amway laundry detergent, you can be assured you’re using a formula that doesn’t contain phosphates – no matter where in the world you purchased it.
Amway has manufactured phosphate-free laundry detergent for all its markets, even countries that don’t regulate phosphates, since the early 2000s, and even longer in the U.S.
Why is that important?
Because phosphates can get into lakes and streams where they promote excessive plant growth and decay. That causes water quality to deteriorate and suffocates aquatic life.
Many countries have banned phosphates in detergents as a result. Some countries still allow phosphate detergents – and some major retail detergent brands sold in those countries still contain phosphate. But not Amway.
Want to know more about our phosphate-free formulas and how we got there? Visit the Amway Global Newsroom for the full story.
Leadership and passion.
Knowledge and expertise.
Those are just a few of the words that describe Amway’s Bob Hamilton, THE go-to person for policies and regulations in the home care and beauty products industries.
“His practical approach is highly valued by regulatory professionals worldwide,” says Dr. Nico Raczek, Amway global director of regulatory policies.
What else makes Bob stand out? “Good science, and products that are safe for our families as well as our communities are primary motivators for Bob,” says Terri Gaskey, who leads our quality assurance and global technical services.
Few were surprised when Bob received a prestigious distinguished service award from the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) for his decades of science-based policymaking.
Two more words? Sweat equity.
“He has worked tirelessly over many years to strengthen the work we do on behalf of the industry,” says Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President & CEO. “We could never say ‘thank you’ enough for all that he has done.”
Those two words are the perfect way to begin.
Did you ever wonder how Amway, which got its start selling soap and nutrition products, became a number one seller of home technology products?
Last year, eSpring became the world’s number one selling brand of home water treatment systems according to Verify Markets study of 2012 global sales, while ATMOSPHERE is the world’s number one selling brand of home air treatment systems according to Verify Markets study of 2011 global sales.
That’s quite an accomplishment in just over 50 years. And it was a concerted effort. In the last 20 years, we grew our research and
development team from those specializing in cleaning, cosmetics and nutrition to include more than 100 scientists researching home technology.
It’s a wonderful story of innovation, dedication and “Aha!” moments that you can read at the Amway Global Newsroom.
Pull any cleaning product off your shelf at home. Do you know how much that product is quality-tested before it gets to you?
We can tell you, if it’s one of our Amway home care brands.
Amway Quality Assurance lab analysts perform hundreds of tests a day on our surface, dish and laundry care products made in our U.S.-based manufacturing plants to ensure they meet our exacting quality standards.
That amounts to 124,000 tests every year on raw ingredients, finished products and even packaging — just for home products made in Ada, Michigan. Our home care products made in Belgium, China, India and Vietnam are tested with the same rigor. All to ensure our products always look, smell and perform exactly as promised by the scientists who created the formulas — and that they are safe for your family.
We don’t have to be that exacting. No regulatory agency in the world requires that much testing.
We do it for one reason: to ensure the more than 3 million people worldwide who proudly use and sell Amway products are getting the quality they deserve — in every package.
Congratulations, Amway Business Owners, you’ve made another Amway brand number one on the planet!
Thanks to you, eSpring is now the world’s largest-selling brand of home water treatment systems according to a Verify Markets study of 2012 global sales. It’s also the number one selling brand of water treatment systems in the Asia region – and in the individual countries of Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand.
The study included systems sold through retail channels as well as through direct selling. With so many options for getting drinking water, why do so many consumers prefer eSpring?
One reason is that our eSpring system reduces more than 140 potential health-effect contaminants to deliver clean, safe drinking water. It also is certified by NSF to reduce more individual contaminants than any other carbon filtration and ultraviolet (UV) light treatment point-of-use system in the world.
People also love eSpring because of the smart technology that other water filtration systems don’t have: electronic monitoring that tells the user when it’s time to change the filter cartridge, and eCoupled™ wireless power technology that safely and efficiently assures that people are getting high-quality, clean water every time. That gives consumers peace of mind.
From water and air purification to products for safer cleaning, you can have confidence in Amway as your source for brands that help you transform your home for healthy living.
What do coconuts and citrus have to do with cleaning your home, washing dishes and doing laundry?
Well, for our cleaning and laundry care products that are made with BIOQUEST FORUMLA™ technology, these natural materials are the building blocks to powerful performance while also caring for the environment.
Key ingredients derived from coconuts, citrus fruits and minerals clean away dirt, grime, grease and dust without adversely affecting the health of people or the planet (when used as directed).
Want some more reasons to like our products made with the BIOQUEST FORMULA?
- They are biodegradable, so the they break down and decompose into elements found in nature.
- They are gentle for use on a wide range of fabrics or surfaces.
- And they are dermatologist tested, where appropriate.
They’re also concentrated, which brings another list of earth-friendly benefits:
- They are made with less water.
- Customers use smaller amounts for effective cleaning.
- Less packaging is required, meaning waste is reduced.
- And the smaller packages weigh less, reducing the amount of fuel needed to transport them.
That’s quite a list. Do you have anything to add? Leave a comment and let us know!
The cookware lab might just be one of the most fun places at Amway World Headquarters in Ada, Michigan. The lab is actually 10 kitchens in one, simulating authentic home cooking conditions in Japan, China, Europe and North America.
Amway employees from around the world helped select typical appliances from their countries or regions. The power supplies also are designed to mirror those found in homes in our global markets. That’s how we ensure cooking with iCook™ (sold in the Americas, Europe and several Southeast Asian markets) and AMWAY QUEEN™ (sold in Japan, Korea and Greater China) cookware is one of the healthiest ways to cook anywhere.
The lab is the domain of Principal Engineer Sue Hoff, who has been cooking up innovative cookware designs for more than half of our 50-year cookware history. You can ask Sue nearly anything about preparing food for optimal nutrition. Not only does she know a lot about our nutrient-preserving VITALOK™ low-moisture cooking method, she also knows about nutrients themselves as she started her Amway career in food and beverage product development.
Employees with knowledge and experience spanning two or more product lines are common here. That’s a big reason why you can have confidence in Amway as your single source for brands that help you create a healthy home environment for your family, from safer cleaning to optimal health.
See more photos of our lab at the Amway Facebook page.
You’re going to need a bigger plate if you want some of this ravioli.
At 29.28 meters long – more than 96 feet long – it’s the newest Guinness World Records™ entry for world’s longest ravioli. It was cooked up by Amway Russia in St. Petersburg on August 3, shattering the six-year-old previous record by more than five meters.
For perspective: 29 meters is the equivalent of 16 men lying head to toe.
It took 10 Amway Business Owners and journalists 90 minutes to roll out and stuff the colossal pasta. They worked under the leadership of iCook™ cookware expert Alexey Semenov and three professional chefs. The ravioli weighed 20 kilograms (more than 44 pounds).
The St. Petersburg event also included 100 Amway Business Owners and journalists vying for top honors for the best ravioli cooked in the iCook pasta set. Judges included TV anchor and culinary blogger Elena Usanova and Amway Russia leaders.
Guinness adjudicator Jack Brockbank was on hand to make the world record official.
Guinness World Records is universally recognized as the authority on record-breaking achievement. Its mission is to inspire ordinary people to do extra-ordinary things. For Amway Russia, mission accomplished!
With more than 900 research and development professionals employed by Amway, discovery is job #1.
In fact, more than 1,000 patents have been secured during the company’s history and over 800 more are pending. Many of these discoveries are driven by customer demands, feedback from distributors or advances in the market.
But some of the best discoveries happen simply by accident.
Take, for example, the company’s invention of non-chlorinated automatic dishwasher detergent. In the 1980s, there was not a non-chlorinated product on the market and Amway wasn’t trying to develop one. But, while testing a potential product for soil removal, our R&D professionals noticed that the product eliminated spots. Upon further testing, it also seemed to clean plates, plastic and other flatware better than anything else.
Quickly, a new product was born.
“It was all just serendipity,” Amway Scientist Ernie Brumbaugh said. “The result of observation and the understanding that something unique was happening in front of our eyes.”
What came to be known as Crystal Bright Automatic Dishwashing Detergent is just one of many discoveries made by Brumbaugh, who’s been with Amway for nearly 43 years. It’s also one of the reasons the company recently honored him with induction into the Amway’s new R&D Distinguished Scientific Leadership Society – the highest honor bestowed by the R&D division.
Comedian Steve Martin once said, “I’ve got to keep breathing. It will be my worst business mistake if I don’t.”
Of course breathing is essential to success in life, but it is also important to consider the quality of the air we breathe. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air indoors is 2-5 times more contaminated than outdoor air.
As air quality continues to decline globally, Amway’s ATMOSPHERE™ Air Treatment System ensures families a cleaner and healthier residential environment. Its leading technology matched with the dedication of our more than three million distributors worldwide has made ATMOSPHERE the world’s number one selling brand of residential air treatment systems. (Based on the Verify Markets study of 2011 global sales.)
“We’re proud that our ATMOSPHERE Air Purifier leads sales in the air purification category,” said Mitch Urbytes, Director of Home Brands. “But the greatest achievement is that our technology ensures a cleaner and healthier environment by reducing dust and allergens.”
Thanks to ATMOSPHERE and Amway, we can all breathe a little easier.
(Guest post by Jenie Altruda)