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Company News - 2017 Goals: 6 Month Check-Up July 22, 2017 11:44 1 Comment

 

It's hard to believe it's been over 6 months since 2017 started. We've been busy at all sorts of things this year. Some were amazing and fun, some where challenging, and some were downright exhausting. But here we are, halfway through the year. It's a perfect time to check in on how we're doing for our goals. Let's take a look:

Overall, we're doing pretty good. We knocked off our "Tours" goal already, but you're still more than welcome to stop in and check out what we do anytime. Send us a note and schedule a tour today!

Sales are up, and waste is down. We like this combination. We've noticed that it's WAY easier to reduce production waste as you grow. We're buying raw materials by the pallet and barrel instead of case and bucket.

Thanks to everyone who has told a friend or two about us. We've been working like crazy to get the word out about Meliora Cleaning Products, and there's NO WAY we could do what we've done without you. We've got some aggressive awareness goals for 2017, but think we can make it. 

Any questions or comments on our goals and what we've been up to in 2017? Let us know.

Have a great summer. You'll hear more about 2017 Goals later this fall.

~Mike


Company News - 2017 Goals June 16, 2017 14:53

We did well in 2016, but as our name says, we can always get better. Here are our goals for 2017. As always, we look at our goals like we do everything else, from our triple-bottom-line approach of People, Planet, and Profit.
We've already started tracking these goals for 2017, and plan to give an update on this blog post a time or two during the rest of 2017.
~Mike

Year in Review - Recap of 2016 Goals June 16, 2017 14:52

Year In Review - 2016

2016 was a great year for us. Not only did we move into our own dedicated production space, but we had a lot of fun doing it. Here's a recap of our goals from 2016. Some of them went awesome (we have a production space!), while others went well - but not as well as we had hoped.

People Goals

 We've always enjoyed talking to you in person at stores and events, as well as online. We were really excited in February of 2016, when we added a dedicated production space to the list of places you can talk with us.

Too much of what happens in the cleaning products industry is secret, taking place behind the closed doors of a laboratory or production facility. To help people understand their cleaning products better, we want to show our processes to anyone that wants to visit us in Chicago. We aim to create a space where people can see for themselves how our products are made, ask questions, and walk away having learned something worthwhile. Think Willy Wonka, but with higher safety standards and a little less chocolate.

We learned a lot from all the great questions and feedback we got from everyone. Thanks!

Planet Goals

We aren't a perpetual motion machine, which means we create waste when we manufacture our products. We measure this waste as pounds of discarded landfill and recyclable materials, normalized to revenue. In case you forgot, our 2015 results were 3 lbs. of waste to the landfill and 14 lbs. of to the recycling center per thousand dollars in sales. Our goal is to continually get better and reducing the waste to the landfill and recycling facilities by 10% each in 2016.

We did GREAT on our reducing our recycling waste, cutting back 30% from 2015 to 2016. A lot of this came from being able to buy in much larger quantities. Barrels of organic coconut oil and pallets of washing soda create a LOT less waste than buckets and boxes!

One drawback of our very own production space is that we had to do a little construction to make it work for our needs. That meant drywall, wood, and other demo debris had to get tossed out. We kept (and reused) as much as we could, but some wasn't salvageable. Production landfill waste did improve by 7% over 2015, but since we can't simply ignore what went out our door as waste, so this construction waste is included in our total numbers.

Profit Goals

As a small manufacturer, keeping costs of our goods down is always tough. We can't buy train cars of washing soda, so we can't get the best prices on things. We also buy from as sustainable of a source as we can find that meets our quality requirements, adding additional costs. While this might hurt one of our bottom lines, it helps the other two, and that makes it a trade-off worth making.

As we lower our costs, we get better budget flexibility to pay our staff and expand our sales and marketing activities. This lets us reach more people with our products, which starts the cycle all over again. Hooray!

Wrapping up 2016

We did manage to improve on EVERY goal we focused on, which is super. You'll see how we plan to build on that in 2017. Thanks to everyone who's been along for the journey so far. You've helped us learn and grow!

Now.....bring on 2017!

~Mike


Company News: 2016 Goals February 03, 2016 16:41

Just like we try to make better cleaning products, we're also trying to make our company better. 2015 was awesome, but it's time to look forward. We're getting ready for a great 2016, and setting goals in our focus areas of People, Planet, and Profit is a big part of planning for success this year.

Below are the goals we're setting for the year. Sharing our goals and accomplishments is part of our dedication to transparency. Please let us know what you think!

Focus Area: People

1. Talk with 10,000 people about Green Cleaning in 2016.

We meet and talk with people in lots of different ways: handing out samples during demos in our retail partner stores, hosting workshops on green cleaning, or chatting on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. We love to talk about green cleaning and we are aiming to talk with ten thousand people about it this year. 

2. Open a Tourable Manufacturing Facility

Too much of what happens in the cleaning products industry is secret, taking place behind the closed doors of a laboratory or production facility. To help people understand their cleaning products better, we want to show our processes to anyone that wants to visit us in Chicago.

We aim to create a space where people can see for themselves how our products are made, ask questions, and walk away having learned something worthwhile. Think Willy Wonka, but with higher safety standards and a little less chocolate*.

While we don't have this new space open yet, we're hard at work to make this a reality as soon as possible. Stay tuned to our newsletter and social media for more information!

*Don't worry, there will still be some chocolate. 

Focus Area: Planet

3. Reduce Landfill & Recyclable Waste by 10% each compared to 2015

We aren't a perpetual motion machine, which means we create waste when we manufacture our products. We measure this waste as pounds of discarded landfill and recyclable materials, normalized to revenue. In case you forgot, our 2015 results were 3 lbs. of waste to the landfill and 14 lbs. of to the recycling center per thousand dollars in sales.

Our goal is to reduce the amount of waste that we generate by 10%. We'll do this by paying careful attention to our operations and implementing specific waste-cutting measures in 2016. Some activities might transition landfill waste to recyclable materials, and others may include finding alternate purposes for our waste. Although recycling is preferable to landfill waste, we would like to reduce all waste.

Focus Area: Profit

4. COGS <30% of sales

As a small manufacturer, keeping costs of our goods down is always tough. We can't buy train cars of washing soda, so we can't get the best prices on things. We also buy from as sustainable of a source as we can find that meets our quality requirements, adding additional costs. While this might hurt one of our bottom lines, it helps the other two, and that makes it a trade-off worth making 

As we lower our costs, we get better budget flexibility to pay our staff and expand our sales and marketing activities. This lets us reach more people with our products, which starts the cycle all over again. Hooray!

Hopefully you've learned a little about us and are as excited as we are about 2016. There's a lot of really ambitious stuff we plan to do, and we can't wait to share it all with you. Stay tuned!


We are a Certified B Corporation! May 06, 2015 08:23

We’re proud to announce that Meliora K is now a Certified B Corporation!


B Corporations are a new kind of company which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
There are over 1,000 Certified B Corporations from more than 60 industries in 34 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business.


B Corps are important because they inspire all businesses to compete not only to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world.
Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. The performance standards are comprehensive and transparent. They measure a company’s impact on all its stakeholders (e.g. workers, suppliers, community, and the environment).


Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders (e.g., workers, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment).

Becoming a Certified B Corporation is one major way we are holding ourselves to a high standard of doing business and to following through on our commitments to considering people, planet and profit with every decision we make. 

Look for more information about our company here and let us know what you think!