The laundry detergent that he developed was the first to be produced without the chemical phosphate. The neat thing about the detergent was when the user finished all of the liquid in the container, they could send the empty container back to the company, and it would be refilled and then sent back to them. This was quite a revolutionary idea, particularly because it started in the mid 60’s and early 70’s before recycling was an issue. Then in 1970 Tom Chappell and his wife Kate founded Tom’s of Maine. Since then Tom’s of Maine has developed more products. They are now producing shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, and hair rinse.
The unique thing about
all of these products is that they are being made with all natural products.
No artificial chemicals or dyes are being substituted into the products.
By 1975 Tom wanted to develop an all-natural toothpaste. Luck turned in his
favor when a man’s car broke down out in front of the factory. This man turned
out to be a scientist, a chemist, and he came to work for Tom’s of Maine
and to help develop an all natural toothpaste. The toothpaste was developed
and was a success.
the company has grown into a pretty large company. Tom’s of Maine has aproximatly
120 employees, thirty of whom are working in the factory, and about thirty
sales rep’s across the country. The factory is definitly a busy place during
the day. Over 70,000 tubes of toothpaste are produced a day, as well many
of the other products. Consumer Dialogue Representative at Tom’s of Maine,
Matt Mooney, said, "The company is busting at the seams." The factory is located
in Kennebunk Maine, and almost all of the products from Tom’s of Maine are
made there. The flossing ribbon is made in England, and another company in
New England makes the bar soap. Products are shipped all over the country
as well as to the United Kingdom, Israel, and Africa, Japan and into Canada.
The goal of Tom’s of Maine can be read in the mission statement. "We consider the mission statement our guiding light," says Matt Mooney. "We certainly want to make a profit, but we want to do so in a socially, environmentally and responsible manner. We want to produce safe and natural products."
Upon walking into the corporate offices of Tom’s of Maine we found the overall atmosphere to be welcoming, and everyone there was extremely friendly. Everyone took a moment to look up and smile and say hello. To be a part of a company that makes natural products all while helping the environment and the people who live in it must be a great feeling. It seems that working for a company like Tom’s of Maine, a company that makes all-natural products while helping the environment and people, must be a meaningful place to work.