A timeline of No Tox Life's expansion:
Making products in my mom's kitchen in 2014 (Earth Day, April 22nd), we began slinging soap at our local farmers market. One booth and one farmers market turned into 10 different markets each weekend. One production assistant turned into 5 staff helping with shipping, packaging and making products.
We outgrew using her kitchen to make batches, and after two years we found a production facility space to expand to. In the front was a small building that was empty. We dreamed up a store design and decided to open our own store. It helped with the rent for the production facility to have the two buildings share a lease.
The store was carefully outfitted with custom shelving and furniture that we designed and built. After running the store for 2 years focusing on our products plus gifts, we listened to customer requests and decided to transform the space to a zero waste refill shop.
Our refill shop was unique because we made the majority of the products sold in the store right next door. Some very popular products included our "Cali-Castile" soap as a palm-oil free and plastic-free answer to Dr Bronners, and various laundry products, lotions, face washes and more. Not to mention our regular product line of shampoo, conditioner, soaps, deodorant, etc.
Once we got the refill store going, we were simultaneously expanding in our wholesale department and manufacturing production. We jumped from a handful of retailers to hundreds. We began shipping worldwide, and stocking stores in the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, Europe, South America, and even South Africa. We translated some of our products to 20 languages to better sell in other countries.
In 2020 we were poised to expand even further, and opened our second production facility while keeping the first running. Little did we know that 2 weeks after opening the doors on the second facility, COVID came to town. The ensuing ups and downs set us back a bit but eventually we came through it.
Now we are in over 2000 small independent retailers and zero waste shops in the US, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and several other countries worldwide. While many of our retailers have had difficulties since the start of the pandemic, many have been able to pull through and are growing.
We continue to focus our business on creating good, effective, low waste products at a reasonable price. It has been hard with this year particularly, our raw materials and shipping costs have skyrocketed. Every single supplier we work with has raised prices at least 20-30% in the last two years. Some have raised prices 5X.
With all of these challenges, we are glad we can continue to make it all work and keep the show on the road as far as giving our customers high quality zero waste and low waste products at accessible prices.
Earth Day 2022 Sale:
- Update, the sale is extended through the end of the weekend, Sunday April 24th! -
In celebration of our company anniversary and Earth Day (April 22nd), we would like to give all shoppers on our sites 22% off for a flash sale.
How to get the sale:
No coupon code needed, it will apply directly in your cart. Cannot be combined with other offers. No minimum order size. Valid for wholesale orders too.
E-commerce free shipping:
Our normal free shipping on US orders over $49 applies (order must reach $49 after discounts). Other countries are calculated rates only.
Wholesale free shipping:
USA 48 lower states & Canada: Free shipping on orders over $1000 USD and CAD. Other countries are calculated rates only. Alaska and Hawaii: free shipping on $1500 orders.
Sale begins: Friday, April 22, 2022 at 12am Central Time.
Sale ends: Sunday, April 24th at 11:59pm Central Time.
No rain checks. Valid only on:
And also our wholesale sites:
wholesale.notoxlife.com (USA wholesale)
notoxlife.ca (Canada wholesale)