Schnucks Press Releases
Media Contacts :
Lori Willis
Schnuck Markets, Inc
Tim Barklage
Better Life

Date : September 10, 2009

Customers Can Find a "Better Life" on Shelves at Schnucks

ST. LOUIS – When two high school friends from St. Charles West high school became frustrated with the options regarding “green” cleaning products, they decided to do something about it.  In fact, they began manufacturing their own products.


Better Life co-founders Tim Barklage and Kevin Tibbs started their company in June 2008 in St. Louis.  “Kevin and I are lifelong friends.  We played as kids, were classmates and now we have children that are practically hours apart,” said Barklage.  “We simply wanted products that were good for our kids, your kids and our planet.”


Also a formulation chemist, Tibbs says that Better Life products are the safest in the market bar none.  “Our products are made entirely from natural products.  We screen hundreds of ingredients choosing only the ones that are both effective and have the fastest and most complete biodegradability profiles,” Tibbs says.  “Third party tests certify that our products perform as well or better than the national brands.”


Earlier this summer, most Schnucks stores began carrying several Better Life cleaning products in the cleaning aisle (85 stores total).  According to Category Manager Joe Duggan, customers can find the Better Life items on their next trip to Schnucks.  “At Schnucks, we try to work with local companies and promote their products as much as possible,” Duggan says.  “We’re proud to offer Better Life what-EVER! (all purpose cleaner) in both clary sage and citrus and unscented, Simply Floored! (ready-to-use floor cleaner) and I Can See Clearly, WOW! (window/glass cleaner).”


All Better Life cleaning products use agents which are free of petrochemicals and ethoxylates; the power behind the green cleaners comes directly from plants and vegetation that Mother Nature provides. This means all Better Life natural cleaners rapidly biodegrade.  In fact, all Better Life green cleaning products far exceed both U.S. and European biodegradability standards.  Cleaning with Better Life products means that you are using safe cleaners that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sulfates, and other chemicals which are irritants to the skin and respiratory system.  For more information, visit


Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 106 stores (including five Logli stores) and 103 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.


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