By Kathryn G. Menu
Since becoming parents four years ago, Claudia and Wendy Tarlow have committed themselves to leading as “green” a lifestyle as possible, from the foods they eat to the cleaning products they use in their Sag Harbor home.
Now the couple, along with Missie Mahoney, has developed Hamptons Lane Home Organics – a company dedicated to green cleaning and concierge services on the South Fork of Long Island.
The business offers cleaning services for the home or office, without the use of harsh chemicals. The company’s sustainability initiatives include only using ecologically safe, non-toxic, Green Seal and certified biodegradable products. Hamptons Lane Home Organics also only uses ENERGY STAR qualified equipment and microfiber cloths and HEPA filters on all their vacuums.
The company does not use paper, plastic or Styrofoam and also uses paperless billing to reduce waste.
In addition to green home and office cleaning, the company also offers other eco-friendly concierge services including grocery shopping, pet services, delivery services, in addition to basic property management.
For the Tarlow family, ensuring their home was cleaned with green products was not just a priority because of their commitment to the environment or their young son, Logan, but also to protect Wendy’s health.
Wendy was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, and while she has finally emerged from treatment healthy, during her illness even just the specter of chemical based cleaners in the house made it hard for her to breathe. Logan was also impacted, showing early signs of eczema and asthma. Claudia decided to take action.
She researched different organic cleaning products and found two lines that worked well in the household – Melaleuca and Thieves Household Cleaner. Claudia also began developing her own products and after a trip to Puerto Rico last Christmas began devising a business plan.
“Claudia has created shelves worth of green cleaning products, so in addition to green house cleaning and property management we are also working on product development because we want people to know green cleaning really does work,” said Wendy.
For Tarlow, she feels local businesses – particularly on the East End – have a responsibility to move towards green business models. Hamptons Lane Home Organics has earned platinum level green business certification with the Green Business Bureau, a national membership organization that uses an online assessment to certify green businesses.
While the company just launched this last week, word of mouth through friends, family and social media has already led a number of clients to Hamptons Lane Home Organics.
“Some people have already approached us to manage their rental properties for them,” said Tarlow, who added the company is looking to create a formal booklet of its services – similar to the concierge desk at a hotel – for its clients.
The property management aspect of the company will handle all interior and exterior maintenance, including storm management – a particularly popular aspect of the business following the last two years fueled by storm summer and fall storms, said Tarlow. That section of the business will be run by Stephen Hessler of Hamptons Painting and Property Management.
Hamptons Lane Home Organics will also serve as the corporate hub for Claudia’s business, Paddling with Claudia. The paddleboard company is listed among several recommended recreational activities for clients of the company.
“The biggest thing is we want to make sure we don’t alienate people,” said Tarlow. “I was always told green cleaning was expensive and after getting involved in this I am still wondering why. We are essentially going back to the products our grandparents used, and are detailed oriented in our cleaning, getting down on the floor with microfiber – the rag for this generation.”
“I think here, especially, it is all of our responsibility to take care of our environment,” added Tarlow. “Hopefully we can start to teach people that these products can be effective and it doesn’t have to be expensive.”
For more information, visit www.hamptonslanehomeorganics.comor call 566-6850.