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Bruce Yacko, the dedicated founder behind JAWS International, Ltd., took the time out of running his environmentally-friendly company to answer a few questions for Tiny Green Mom. His commitment to the environment is evident in the end product of the 4 JAWS cleaners, with which you will find simply fabulous for cleaning your home!

An Interview with Bruce Yacko, Founder of JAWS International, Ltd.

Tell us about your eco-inspired company!

JAWS International, Ltd. is a technology company committed to protecting the environment and making innovative products to that end. We created and market JAWS® (Just Add Water™ System), a patented cleaning system designed to reduce the environmental impact of packaging used in conventional spray cleaning products. While reducing plastic waste and the landfills that result, we’re able to offer high performance, highly economical cleaners. JAWS delivers ultra-concentrated, eco-sensitive and highly biodegradable cleaning chemistry in patented refill cartridges for use with reusable bottles and sprayers. JAWS is a simple, effective solution that gives everyone the chance to care for their home and take care of the planet.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I buy local, which can have a tremendous impact on our environment and transportation costs. And I recycle, reduce and reuse plastic whenever possible. With landfills closing at a rate of one per day, eventually, where are we going to put it? Lastly, I continue to invest my personal finances in JAWS with hopes that it helps us all become better stewards of the world’s resources.

Guilty green pleasure?

I started growing fruits, vegetables and herbs a few years ago and working in the garden has become one of my favorite things to do.

Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

Running a business in today’s climate requires tremendous focus, courage and passion. Having a talented and committed group of people who share your undying vision is essential. Additionally, a healthy fear of failing along with believing what we’re doing is important helps keep me motivated.

*Image provided by JAWS International, Ltd.

It’s time to get down and dirty this Spring as you feather, spruce and clean your nest with the best planet-friendly cleaners available! Take a peek at the latest in planet-friendly cleaners, laundry & dishwasher detergents, soaps, and more to help you fight grime – naturally, of course!

Whole Foods Market All Purpose Citrus-Scented Spray Cleaner

Wipe away the dirt and grime on any surface with this eco-conscious cleaner new to Whole Foods Market! Lightly scented with revitalizing citrus essential oils, this will lift your spirits as you clean! Phthalate-free, phosphate-free, and chlorine-free, even the packaging is fully recyclable. Locate a Whole Foods Market near you by going to www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Whole Foods Market All Purpose Concentrated Cleaner

Another newbie to the Whole Foods Market line-up of eco-fabulous cleaning products is this concentrated cleaner that makes mopping floors a (pine-scented) breeze! Dust bunnies will run for cover when you bring out the mop and bucket of warm water graced with this cleaner that is phosphate-free, chlorine-free, and phthalate-free, and has just a hint of all-natural pine essential oil! Learn more at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

JAWS (Just Add Water System)

Reduce, reuse and recycle is the mantra behind the JAWS cleaning system! One bottle can be used multiple times – simply insert a new cleaning cartridge into the fully recyclable bottle, and add water. Each JAWS bottle arrives with two extra cartridges for use, and after the initial purchase, the cartridges are sold separately at a fraction of the price. (Read: 2 full bottles for less than $2 each!) Four JAWS cleaners are now available, including JAWS Glass & Hard Surface Cleaner, JAWS Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser, JAWS Bathroom Cleaner/Deodorizer and JAWS Disinfectant Cleaner Degreaser. For more information about this effective, eco-friendly new cleaning system that encourages you to reduce waste, visit www.jawsclean.com.

Earth Friendly Product’s ECOS Magnolia and Lily Detergent

Freshen up the laundry room with the scent of Magnolia & Lily! For planet-friendly cleaning of all of your bedding, clothing, blankets, throw rugs, and more, Earth Friendly Product’s ECOS Magnolia and Lily Detergent is non-toxic and suitable for all types of fabrics! It is 100% biodegradable, chlorine-free, enzyme-free, and petroleum-free. Plus, it is also available in a fragrance-free version, for extreme sensitivities. Check out www.ecos.com.

Produce Magic by Vermont Soap

It’s magic! This one little spray can do it all – naturally washing away the residue from pesticides, fertilizer, dirt, road grit, mold, fungi, the wax coating on fruits, and more! Produce Magic is an eco-friendly alternative for avoiding contaminated produce and food-borne illnesses that strike 48 million Americans each year. Plus, this planet-friendly, organic fruit and vegetable wash is biodegradable and free of artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives, animal products or gluten. A spray or two goes a long way in keeping the fruits and veggies in your home fresh and contaminant-free! Produce Magic can be purchased throughout the country (and beyond) at health food, gourmet and specialty stores and online at www.vermontsoap.com.

*Companies generously provided images, information, and samples for this article.*