monestime_web.pngMIAMI – The recently opened Earth Friendly Products facility recently welcomed District 2 Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime. Earth Friendly Products makes ECOS, a top-selling green laundry detergent, and 150 other cleaning products using only plant-based, all-natural ingredients.

In November 2012 the company opened a new facility at 13015 N.W. 38th Ave. in Opa-locka. Designed by a LEED-certified architect, the new facility features solar panels that deliver clean, renewable power; solar tubes; daylight harvesting; water and energy efficient appliances, and occupancy sensors among many others that help make it an environmental hallmark for South Florida, officials said.

“Having Earth Friendly Products expand their operation in District 2 shows that our community is an attractive place to grow a business,” said Monestime, who is highlighting successful businesses in his district and aims to promote and attract new businesses to the community.

One of the company’s goals is to provide “good jobs” to its employees, officials said, with base starting pay two times the minimum wage, incentives for employees to purchase fuel efficient cars and help for employees to install solar energy systems on their homes.

Earth Friendly Products locally sources as much of its materials as possible which helps the company’s environmental mission while also supporting other local businesses, officials said.

“Earth Friendly Products is exactly the type of business I envisioned when I sponsored the legislation creating the Miami-Dade Green Technology Corridor,” said Monestime.

“It is my mission to see the corridor – which extends from the Miami River to Opa-locka – attract more environmentally friendly companies.”