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“For the Home”

Apr.07
2014

Starring iCook

In Ukraine, expectant mothers often tune into the popular TV program 9 Months for all kinds of advice about pregnancy and new parenthood.

Recently 9 Months fans learned about cooking fast and healthy family meals from a chef at Ukraine’s Amway Academy, which provides online and instructor-led learning opportunities for Amway Business Owners and customers as well as ABO certification programs.

Chef Andrew Kubrak appeared on four segments, showing viewers how to prepare easy, healthy and tasty dishes using iCook stainless and nonstick cookware. He demonstrated how the special iCook VITALOK low-moisture cooking method preserves nutrients and makes meals appetizing.

New segments of 9 Months air weekly on Ukraine’s TBi channel (in English: TVI). TBi is carried by 85 percent of Ukraine’s cable networks and is viewed in about 60 percent of Ukrainian cities with populations over 50,000.

Last year, the Amway Academy provided more than 200,000 ABO and customer training contacts—including some tasty lessons from Chef Kubrak.

Click here to view a 45-minute iCook segment. It’s in Ukrainian, but isn’t the language of food universal?

Mar.24
2014

Fuzz buster

The amazing scientists in the Amway laundry care lab love inspiration, and when they hear from Amway Business Owners about a particular laundry challenge, they get inspired.

Take, for example, the challenge of keeping black and dark-colored cotton clothing looking vibrant and new, wear after wear. Machine-washing cottons causes fuzzing, pilling and dye transfer that can make these items look faded and old long before their time.

The R&D team began looking for ways to help consumers extend the appearance of their newer dark cotton items in one economical and easy-to-use laundry solution.

The team developed a detergent technology that preserves the appearance of dark cottons, and even improves the appearance of many dark cotton items that look faded from previous washings in other detergents.

The technology is used in SA8 Black Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent with Bioquest formula exclusively from the Amway Home brand. It is now available in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and is expected to be available in Japan and Europe later this year.

When our laundry products help consumers wear their clothing longer, families save money–and it helps slow the flow of these items into the waste stream. That’s a double win! Read more about the product at Amway Startup.

Mar.13
2014

Sleep more, live better

Feel like napping? Maybe you should! Restful sleep is a wondrous thing.

It’s a pillar of optimal health. And it’s so important to our well being that the World Association of Sleep Medicine declared a World Sleep Day on March 14, 2014, to encourage all of us to get more hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep.

Millions of people think skimping on sleep for work, chores, entertainment or social activities is a virtue. If that sounds like you, Amway scientists have five great reasons to give yourself permission to get more sleep:

  1. Beauty sleep: Dark circles, baggy eyes and wrinkles are less noticeable when you get enough sleep. After even one good night’s sleep you’ll look brighter, healthier and more alert. And, overnight is a great time to help your skin renew itself.
  2. Weight control: Successful weight loss is closely linked to sleep. Getting adequate sleep helps regulate appetite and metabolism, which can make a big difference in how well diet and exercise work in helping you lose or maintain weight. (See #3)
  3. Healthy metabolism: When you’re tired, it’s harder to resist drinking alcohol and eating just before going to bed. Alcohol and eating late both negatively affect metabolism, which makes weight control more difficult – and, in turn, can disrupt sleep.
  4. Sharper thinking: Alertness, energy, concentration, mood and the quality of our performance at job or school are all linked directly to getting enough sleep. Experts say getting enough rest helps you avoid mistakes – and even car accidents.
  5. Resist illness: Adequate sleep can strengthen your immune system, helping you stay healthier and heal more quickly from injury and illness.

Need a little help falling or staying asleep? Try making your bedroom more sleep-friendly with fresh-smelling bedding and clean, irritant-free air. And for those occasional nights when that’s just not enough, try a safe, natural solution like NUTRILITE Valerian and Hops.

Now, back to that nap…

Feb.19
2014

Phosphate-free

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.

Feb.14
2014

Two words

Customers first.

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.

Jan.22
2014

Home technology

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.

Dec.11
2013

Quality assured

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.

Nov.26
2013

Sold on eSpring

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.

Oct.21
2013

Hard working, earth-friendly

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!

Sep.18
2013

“Queen” of cookware

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.