5 questions with Steve Savage, CEO of 1908 Brands – Daily Camera 2016

If there’s a first family of green business in Boulder County, it’s the Savages.

Steve Savage for 15 years ran Boulder’s Eco Products, which he founded with his dad, Kent Savage, who himself served as chairman of Eco-Cycle. Eco Products was one of the first companies to offer such items as compostable paper plates and plastic cups.

His current company, 1908 Brands, is named for the year his great-grandfather, William Kent, donated the 300 acres of land that became California’s Muir Woods National Park to the federal government.

But now, Steve Savage is chasing an even bigger legacy: becoming “the next Boulder Brands,” which in November sold for nearly $1 billion.

1908’s recent purchase of Paleo snack maker Wholly Bites last month kicked off what Savage hopes will be a frenzied year of acquisitions. We sat down with Savage to learn more about his ambitious plans:


Boulder Clean named EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year – Daily Camera 2016

Longtime local ‘green’ business owner heading to Washington, D.C. for award.

A local natural cleaning product company is being honored by the nation’s highest authority on all things green.

Boulder Clean on Thursday was named a 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency along with 23 other products from around the country.

“Everyone wants products with ingredients that are safer for their kids, pets, communities and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Using technology and innovation to turn challenges into profitable opportunities makes our businesses stronger and more competitive, our families and workers healthier, and our environment cleaner.”

Boulder Clean, makers of laundry, dishwashing and cleaning products, is under the 1908 Brand umbrella, a Boulder company headed by Eco Products co-founder Steve Savage.


Boulder Clean chooses child-resistant packaging for new Liquid Laundry Detergent Packs

The packaging design for Boulder Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent Packs shines a spotlight on child safety, using a stand-up pouch with a zipper closure that little hands can’t open.

Boulder Clean, a 1908 Brands company, worked with Presto Products Co. and Accredo Packaging Inc. to design the package. Accredo supplies the pre-made pouch, and Presto supplies the Slider-Guard child-resistant zipper.

To open the zipper, consumers must align a tab to a notch, then press down on the tab and slide it to the open position (see a video here). Adults can easily open and close the package, but children lack the manual coordination to work the zipper.

The pouch, which holds 34 single-dose liquid packs, is made from non-recyclable, reverse-printed PET laminated to a coextruded nylon/polyethylene sealant web. The single-dose packs are a new offering from Boulder Clean; the product will launch in December 2016 and is the first pant-based cleaning product to use the Slider-Guard child-resistant zipper.

Carly Marriott, director of operations for Boulder Clean, answers a few questions about the package.


Boulder Clean Launches 1% for the Planet Campaign for #GivingTuesday

BOULDER, CO November 29, 2016- 1908 Brands is partnering with two Colorado based 1% for the Planet non-profit organizations for #GivingTuesday – Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Sheep Mountain Alliance, and Outdoor Outreach in CA, in support of environmentally focused programming.

Three of the 1908 Brands companies will be participating in #GivingTuesday by partnering with a non-profit and pledging $1000 in donations to each as part of 1908 Brands™ pledge to give away 1% of revenue each year to environmental causes.


#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been driven by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Since its founding in 2012, millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

Those who are interested in joining 1908 Brands #GivingTuesday initiative can visit the Boulder Clean, Schultz’s™ and Thrive Tribe pages on Facebook.

1908 Brands gives to 1% for the Planet approved non-profits. To understand which corporations have committed to donating 1% of their annual revenue to non-profits focused on solving the most challenging environmental issues of our time, check out 1% for the Planet “ a non-profit co-founded by Yvon Chouinard the CEO of Patagonia. 1% for the Planet connects businesses, consumers and non-profits, empowering all of us to drive big, positive change.” http://onepercentfortheplanet.org.

After two days for getting deals, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a day for giving back. In dozens of towns, cities, regions and states from Alaska to Maine, and Charlotte NC to Dallas TX, people are embracing this day as an opportunity to raise money for local nonprofits, schools and arts organizations; run food and clothing drives; teach children about philanthropy; encourage acts of kindness; collaborate with their neighbors; and celebrate generosity.

In 2015, nonprofits raised more than $117 million online on #GivingTuesday to help make the world a better place in countless ways. Much more was generated offline and through donations of time and other resources. People participated in #GivingTuesday activities in 71 countries around the globe last year, and this year, participating countries include Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more.

1908 Brands is making primary donations on #GivingTuesday to Leave No Trace and Sheep Mountain Alliance with plans to increase donations in 2017.

“As a small, grassroots organization working to amplify the voices of the citizens who want to see the San Juan Mountains protected, Sheep Mountain Alliance deeply values the financial support we receive from 1908 Brands and 1% for the Planet. It makes a critical difference in ensuring that we can devote our time and resources to protecting your public lands,” Says Lexi Tuddenham of Sheep Mountain Alliance.

“Companies make dozens of decisions every day and try to do what’s best for our planet and people, before profits. Yes profits are important, but they are not everything” says Steve Savage, CEO of 1908 Brands.

“This shopping season, consumers can support the companies that support our planet. When you support them, you send a strong signal to the rest of the world that your money speaks for the planet. When you vote with your dollar you tell the rest of the market you care and so should they,” says Steve Savage.

#GivingTuesday was born at 92nd Street Y (92Y), a community and cultural center in New York in 2012. Since then, people from different backgrounds, cultures and regions around the world have helped to create a global day of giving that reflects 92Ys commitment to strengthening communities and repairing the world.

“The tremendous response to #GivingTuesday over the last five years has been both humbling and inspiring,” said Henry Timms, Executive Director of 92Y. “We have seen countless examples of communities coming together to address challenges. Giving is a powerful reminder of our shared humanity, and the willingness of so many to participate and elevate giving is reason for celebration, even with lots of work still to be done.”

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.



About 1908 Brands

1908 Brands, Inc. was founded in 2010 by Steve Savage, the former founder and CEO of Eco-Products. As a rapidly growing manufacturer of healthier products, 1908 Brands will eventually produce and manufacture dozens of brands across various retail channels. 1908 Brands now produces, manufactures, and manages five brands: Boulder Clean, producers of impressively powerful and clean cleaning and laundry products; CompoKeeper, makers of an innovative compost collection bin to make kitchen composting easy and clean; Thrive Tribe, producers of nutrient-packed, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and tasty snack clusters; Appleooz, makers of gluten-free apple chips; Schultz’s™s Gourmet, makers of gourmet cooking sauces, rubs and snacks.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement, built by people around the world, to celebrate giving of all kinds. It is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), Black Friday and Cyber Monday; this year it falls on November 29, 2016. This movement is the result of the collective power of a unique blend of partners”nonprofits large and small; businesses and corporations; schools and universities; civic campaigns in cities, states and regions; and families and individuals”to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and contribute in countless ways to the causes they believe in. Everyone has something to give.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

Website: www.givingtuesday.org



Boulder Clean is a Proud Member of 1% for the Planet


Boulder Clean is a proud member of 1% for the Planet. We donate 1% of our revenue each year to non-profits solving the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.   Boulder Clean has developed plant-based cleaners that arenon-toxic and safe for people and the planet and we joined 1% for the Planet to further our commitment to the environment. In 2016, we supported the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the How2Recycle labeling program, an Outdoor Outreach Youth trip to Joshua Tree National Park, and The SHIFT Summit for public land managers.   In 2017, we plan to fund the preservation and maintenance of our National Parks, clean water projects and ocean clean-up efforts.   1% for the Planet is a global network of businesses,nonprofits and individuals working together for a healthy planet. Through 1%,more than $150 Million dollars has been given back to the environment.

1% for the Planet


To learn more about 1% for the Planet, check out www.onepercentfortheplanet.org   If you are a 1% for the Planet approved non-profit and would like to request support from Boulder Clean, please contact jsaba@1908brands.com.

Boulder Clean is NEXTY Award Finalist at Expo West


BOULDER, CO (March 1, 2017) – Boulder Clean, a 1908 Brands company and 2016 EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year, has been announced as a New Hope Media NEXTY Award Finalist for the launch of the new Boulder Clean Dishwasher Detergent Power Packs. The product in the Boulder Clean 100% recyclable stand-up pouch.

The Boulder Clean Dishwashing Detergent Power Packs naturally power through stuck on food. The 100% recyclable stand-up pouch contains 48 dose-control packs.

1908 Brands believes single dose units will continue to grow in popularity as people look for convenient ways to use powerful natural cleaning supplies.

Boulder Clean was named both EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year and B Corp’s Best for the Environment in 2016.

“We work tirelessly to formulate the most environmentally friendly, non–toxic and plant-based products for you and your family – and we’re particularly proud of our formula for our Dishwasher Detergent Power Packs!” says Carly Marriott.

Phosphates in detergent are banned in the U.S. due to their negative impact on water quality. Boulder Clean uses a sustainable, sugar-derived and patented ingredient which is a safe replacement for phosphates. This allows meet the highest performance standards and has proven to work as well as leading non-natural national brands (Cascade Complete® & Finish®) in 3rd party testing.

“We choose to package this product in a 100% recyclable flexible pouch. Our Dishwasher Detergent Power Pack bags are recyclable at grocery store drop-offs and our package includes the Sustainable Packaging Coalition How2Recycle label to divert packaging waste from the landfill and increase post-consumer recycling yields,” says Carly Marriott, product developer of the packs.

6 Tips To Boost Your Mental Health This Fall

1. Practice Positivity
With the days getting shorter, and the weather starting to cool you might notice some negativity starting to creep into your daily thoughts. Instead of letting negative thoughts become the focus of your day, try to put a positive spin them. If your negativity is self-focused, try to regularly check yourself and remember to be kind to your mind and body. The best way to practice this is to apply the “golden rule” to yourself: don’t say anything to yourself that your wouldn’t say about another person.



2. Exercise Daily
Exercise will not only help your physical health, but it will also boost your mental health. When you exercise, your body produces endorphins— these endorphins can help increase your overall mood and will create a feeling of general happiness and well-being. Just because you should exercise daily, doesn’t mean you necessarily need to stress yourself out with getting a long grueling workout in before the day is done. For days that you find yourself short on time, or if you’re simply not in the mood to exercise, try doing a quick 10 minute yoga session at home or go for a short walk around your neighborhood.


3. Sleep Well
Getting a full 8 hours of sleep is very important for your mental health. Harvard Health suggests that a good night’s sleep helps foster both mental and emotional resilience, while chronic sleep deprivation sets the stage for negative thinking and emotional vulnerability. The best way to set yourself up for sleep success is to create a sleep-positive environment within your house. While cooler weather might leave you tempted to crank the thermostat, the optimal temperature to get a great night’s sleep is around 65. Also, try to limit screen time before bed. Put down your phone, turn it to sleep mode and turn off the television roughly 30 minutes before bedtime, to give your mind time to unwind before you hit the hay.


4. Keep Your Home Clean
A clean house truly is a happy house. A messy, unorganized house can increase anxiety, stress and even depression. By keeping your space clean and organized, you’ll not only feel that stress slowly melt away, but you’ll also feel a sense of control, positivity, and peace of mind.



5. Try Journaling
Spend 10-15 minutes writing about your day. Try to focus on gratitude. Write about what you were thankful for, any moments that sparked happiness, and appreciate the good things that happened. Studies show that people who practice gratitude daily typically have stronger immune systems, sleep better, have lower blood pressure, and experience higher levels of positive emotions.


6. Seek Outside Help 
There is no shame in asking for help, especially from a professional. If you are struggling with mental health, regardless of the season, find a close family member or friend you trust or look for a professional in your area. Talking through your thoughts and emotions with another person, can help you discover solutions and positive ways to cope with your mental health struggles.