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Ben Franklin and His Crazy Socks

In In the News, RADIUS on May 23, 2017 at 9:17 am

 

 

In March, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania announced their winners of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards, naming RADIUS the victor of the Innovative Application of Technology category.

The Innovative Application of Technology award highlights a company that strongly demonstrates a “break-the-mold” approach to integrating new or existing technology into its business. Ben Franklin recently published an award press release with the following company description explaining why RADIUS was honored with the Innovative Application of Technology award.

RADIUS designs and manufactures premium personal care products including eco-friendly toothbrushes, molded travel cases, dental floss, and organic toothpastes. The completely solar-powered, certified woman-owned company is committed to ongoing R&D to identify innovative and sustainable manufacturing approaches to make everyday products distinctive. Its Source Toothbrush uses replacement head technology with a handle made from recycled dollar bills, paper, and wood, reducing waste by 93%. Through Ben Franklin funding and connections, RADIUS received marketing and strategy support, teamed with the Plastics Manufacturing Center at Penn College to address a breakage problem with toothbrushes, and more recently worked with Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center on facility optimization. Since last year, RADIUS has increased employment from 30 to 35 and in the past five years’ company revenue has increased by 3½ times. RADIUS will soon purchase, renovate, and relocate into a larger building to respond to burgeoning demand.

The purposes of the innovation awards are to recognize winners for their success and achievement, to highlight the effectiveness of the Ben Franklin program, and to inform entrepreneurs and established manufacturers about the resources that are available to them in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Awards were presented to seven recipients, companies or individuals who have achieved business success through Ben Franklin funding and assistance, have helped others to achieve success, or have improved their businesses through innovation. Each award recipient exemplifies outstanding achievement in that category.

Photo credit: Ryan Hulvat

Winners were honored at the Ben Franklin iXchange event on Tuesday, May 9th at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA.

RADIUS President and CEO, Saskia Foley, accepting the Innovative Application of Technology award. Photo credit: Ryan Hulvat

The award presentation was followed by a keynote presentation by Dustin Garis focusing on Disruptive Innovation. Preceded by a surprise (and rather impressive) break dancing performance, Dustin – who after graduating college, decided to turned down multiple job offers and travel the world instead – encouraged guests to break of out their routines to stimulate innovation. Dustin pointed out that autopilot doesn’t inspire creativity, which is an interesting idea considering 90% of our daily activity is exactly the same every day. Dustin told guests to rebel and break the mold and one small way to “revolt against routine” was to wear crazy socks. Ben Franklin staff, award winners, and other guests were encouraged to wear the craziest socks they could find to the iXchange event. Wearing a dress? Who cares? Wear those crazy socks with heels and pride. Revolt against the routine.

RADIUS Founder, Kevin Foley, and his daughter and RADIUS President/CEO, Saskia Foley, after accepting the Innovative Application of Technology award. Photo credit: Ryan Hulvat

 

Celebrating Girl Power at the 2017 Women of Influence Award

In In the News, RADIUS on May 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm

 

 

Today we celebrated 28 women of the Greater Lehigh Valley who were honored for their experience, integrity, leadership and accomplishments at the 2017 Lehigh Valley Business Women of Influence Awards. RADIUS’ very own President and CEO was one of the women honored and we couldn’t be prouder. Saskia was chosen as an award winner and was recognized for her influence in her company, industry, and community.

The fifth annual Women of Influence luncheon and awards ceremony  was held at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.

So let’s hear it for the girls, yea?

A New, Fresh & Light Toothpaste Formula

In RADIUS on February 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm

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If you’ve used our organic toothpaste in the past, you may have noticed a few subtle changes recently. We know, that’s a bad word. “Change” isn’t a word most people like to hear, but we can assure you that not all change is bad. In fact, the changes that we made are good and only increase the awesome-ness of our toothpaste.

We simply wanted to offer a much lighter, smoother toothpaste so we decided to make a few minor tweaks to our formula that organically enhances the taste, texture, and your overall brushing experience.

 

Now made in the USA

Now just like our toothbrushes and accessories, our organic toothpastes are now made in the good ol’ US of A.

Addition of organic chamomile flower

Not just for tea drinkers, soothing chamomile can also help ease gum inflammation and its antimicrobial properties can act as a natural preservative.

Increased organic aloe

We upped the aloe to offer more of its cooling, antibacterial, and antiviral properties which can help fight tooth decay.

Light, natural foam

No, it’s not SLS or SLES…it’s organic soapberry. Used in oral medications in traditional Chinese medicine, the soapberry is a natural foaming agent and has antibacterial properties.

Have no fear, our toothpastes are still USDA certified organic, vegan, and nasty ingredient-free. We hold those characteristics near and dear to our hearts and promise to never let them go.

Get your tube of our USDA Organic Toothpaste here!

Welcome to the Neighborhood, Whole Foods Market Allentown.

In In the News, RADIUS on September 28, 2016 at 3:43 pm

The day has finally arrived. The day we at RADIUS have been not-so-patiently waiting for. The day a Whole Foods Market FINALLY opens near us!

Whole Foods Market Allentown had its grand opening today and the new store is ah-ma-zing! It’s only 20 minutes away from our Kutztown-based HQ (making us practically next door neighbors) and since we could hardly contain our excitement, we decided to take part in the grand opening celebrations this afternoon and check out their new location – of which we will most definitely be frequent visitors.


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Their outdoor display game is strong.

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You can find anything from locally grown plants and flowers….

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to perfect pumpkins that are honestly too pretty to carve…

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to the most delicious fresh apple cider (take it from us…we tried a few samples and then bought a few cartons).

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And that’s all before you even get inside the door.

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Before you start shopping, you can purchase one of these awesome tote bags to carry your haul. And as an added bonus you can show your Whole Foods Market Allentown pride wherever you go.

Um, we’ll take two please. Thankssomuch.

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Rows of beautiful organic produce, cheeses, and so much more fill the aisles. Honestly, if you can’t find it here…it probably doesn’t exist.

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You go on ahead. I’ll just wait here by the FRESH PASTA BAR until you get back. #Lunch

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And now on to our personal favorite… the Whole Body Department…

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Well, well, well. Look what we found…our adult toothbrushes and Floss Sachets proudly on display…

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and look…our entire children’s toothbrush collection!

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Don’t forget about our brand new USDA certified organic toothpastes! This store is definitely showing some RADIUS <3.

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We got pretty excited about this bright and fun water bottle display. Can you say new designs from Lifefactory?!

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On your way out, make sure to stop by the soap and bath salt bar…

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and check out the beautiful “Local” section that’s currently featuring THE BEST handcrafted, wooden utensils from our friends at Jonathan’s Spoons.

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All in all it was a pretty successful first visit to our new local Whole Foods Market. The store looked great and the staff was super helpful and friendly – all while being CRAZY busy. I’m sure it won’t be our last visit…in fact we’ll probably be on a first name basis shortly 🙂

If you’re in the area, definitely make sure to check out Whole Foods Market Allentown…after you visit our RADIUS outlet in Kutztown, of course. ;-D

750 N. Krocks Road
Suite 301
Allentown, PA 18106
484-506-2159
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RADIUS Goes Rafting

In RADIUS on July 12, 2016 at 9:29 am

 

On Thursday July 7th, the RADIUS Crew spent their annual Team Day on the Lehigh River. We loaded up and drove an hour north to the picturesque mountain town of Jim Thorpe, PA where we joined guides from Whitewater Rafting Adventures and learned how to tame the rapids.

Here’s our adventure…

 

 

 

Whole Foods Spends the Day at RADIUS

In RADIUS on June 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Last week we were very excited to welcome the Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic Regional Whole Body Team and the Whole Body Team from Whole Foods Market South Street in Philadelphia! They took a tour of the RADIUS HQ, learned all about our manufacturing process, and joined us for some lunch. Here’s a glimpse into their day at RADIUS!

Welcome to the Jungle, Baby!

In RADIUS on June 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Our family will be growing this summer when Nicole, who’s on our Assembly Team, will welcome her first child!

Baby Conner is due in July and we celebrated with a jungle themed shower.

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The table is set.

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Instead of a card, we asked everyone to bring a children’s book and sign the inside!

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It’s not everyday you see a cake made of diapers with a giraffe topper.

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What’s a jungle party without animal crackers? Everyone got to take home their very own mason jar filled with animal crackers.

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The mom-to-be opening her gifts.

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Keeping it healthy.

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See ya later, Alligator.

Mandi, our resident event planner, would like to thank Pinterest for making this shower possible. 😀

A Case For Every Occasion

In RADIUS on May 27, 2016 at 8:34 am

 6 Ingenious Travel Case Hacks

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Traveling can be full of adventure…and stress. Here at RADIUS we design our products to make things easier – and that includes our Travel Cases. Whether you’re traveling to a tropical island or a winter wonderland our travel cases have got you covered.

 

1. Original/SCUBA Toothbrush Travel Case – Initially designed to fit our world famous Original® Toothbrush, this travel case can do it all. It can carry your Original or SCUBA® Toothbrush – whether it be right or left handed – and it can also hold your totally trendy spectacles.

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Try this case for:

RADIUS Original and SCUBA Toothbrushes

RADIUS Pure Baby® & Totz® Toothbrushes

Eyeglasses

ChapStick®

Children’s Fork & Spoon

Bracelets

Make-up sponges

2. Standard Toothbrush Travel Case – If you’re a RADIUS Source™ Toothbrush fan you know this case pretty well. Made to fit the Source and most other toothbrushes this slender case is a must-have for stress-free travel. Perfect for a woman-on-the-go you can keep those expensive make-up brushes safe while still keeping your purse light and organized.

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Try this case for:

RADIUS Source Toothbrush

RADIUS Totz Plus™ Toothbrush

Most Ordinary Toothbrush Brands

Strawesome® Reusable Glass Straws

Make-up brushes

Colored pencils

Knitting needles

Nail Files

3. Razor Travel Case – Keep yourself well-groomed and your razor sharp with this travel case designed to fit most brands. Not taking a razor? Use it for your jewelry and make sure your favorite pearls get where you’re going intact.

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Try this case for:

RADIUS Kidz® Toothbrush

Most Brands of Razors

Necklaces

Bracelets

Rings

Make-up sponges

Cotton Balls

Q-tips®

4. Soap Travel Case – We’re all about keeping it clean here at RADIUS so it’s no surprise we went ahead and designed a case to fit your favorite soap. But if bar soap’s not your thing, you can use this case to stow and go many other necessities.

Make sure your child is happy and keep their favorite cereal locked away in your purse ready to go for snack time or anticipate all life’s bumps and travel with a mini-sewing kit.

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Try this case for:

Most Brands of Soap

Cereal or Granola

Sewing Kit

Make-up sponges

Cotton Balls

Q-tips®

Face wipes

Tweezers

5. Small Tampon/Condom Case – An everyday essential that was made to discreetly store one or two tampons or condoms this case is as functional as it is tiny. Designed to easily fit into clutches on date night, this case is also perfect for your other everyday necessities.

Make sure your EarPods™ don’t get tangled and never forget to take your vitamins again by storing them in your cute, little travel case.

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Try this case for:

Small/Compact Tampons

Condoms

EarPods™/ Earbuds

Medication

Vitamins

Stamps

Earrings

Hairpins & Hair Ties

Rings

Cufflinks

Matches

Batteries

Safety Pins

6. Large Tampon Travel Case – Never have crushed and loose tampons floating around your purse again with this ingenious idea. Made to fit standard tampons this case is an essential for your daily life.

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Try this case for:

Tampons

Hairpins & Hair Ties`

Bracelets

Tweezers

Pens

Crayons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Choose the Right Toothbrush

In RADIUS on May 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Everybody’s mouth, teeth, gums and brushing techniques are different. So why, then, are most toothbrushes designed in a one-size-fits-all fashion?

When selecting a toothbrush, don’t just grab the first one you see in the drugstore aisle. Take a moment to think about which one will best fit your personal needs.

When you find the right toothbrush for you, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Here are a few key considerations to help you find the best fit for you:

 

Effectiveness

A truly effective toothbrush should be able to remove plaque and other food debris that contribute to tooth decay without causing unnecessary damage to the delicate tissues of the gum. Medium and hard bristles push back the gum margins (where gum and tooth meet) exposing tooth surfaces, increasing sensitivity and causing irreparable damage including periodontal disease and cavities.

RADIUS® knows the best and most gentle way to clean is with softer bristles, which is why all of our toothbrushes are adorned with finer, longer, softer and more pliable bristles that reach every nook and cranny of your mouth without aggravating the gum line.

Comfort & control

We believe a toothbrush is no good if using it doesn’t feel good.

Making toothbrushes that provide a cleaning experience worth savoring is what we live for, because the bottom line is, when brushing becomes a pleasure not a chore, you’ll naturally start taking better care of your teeth.

 

Our toothbrushes don’t just clean your teeth. The softer bristles and unique brush head design massage and invigorate your entire mouth. And the smart handles are meticulously crafted for the perfect grip and reach.

Whether you’re one year old or 100, left or right handed, a vigorous brusher or a light touch — the RADIUS toothbrush provides you with a more customized and comfortable brushing experience for life.

Design

The architects who designed the RADIUS range of toothbrushes are professional sticklers for elegant design. Their unique aesthetic is more than a reflection of functionality — it’s a style statement. After all, you use your toothbrush twice a day, so why not feel a little more fabulous when you do?

 

As effective as they are beautiful, our unique products are defined by bright, bold colors and delightful details. In short, RADIUS products don’t just work better, they look nicer too. We want you to love them, because the more you love them, the more you’ll use them.

 

ADA acceptance

Did you know, ever since The American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance program began in 1931, toothbrushes in America have undergone a thorough screening process by the ADA?

Manufacturers voluntarily submit their products for testing by ADA laboratory staff, who evaluate them with the help of more than 150 scientists — experts in dental materials, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, and chemistry.

What are they looking for?

          • Objective clinical and/or laboratory studies that demonstrate safety and effectiveness
          • FDA-approved ingredients
          • Manufacturing standards that assure purity and uniformity
          • Packaging and advertising claims that are supported by the science.
After passing the stringent research tests they are awarded “ADA ACCEPTED” accreditation — the official dentist’s stamp of approval. We’ve put a great deal of thought into making our designs not just meet, but exceed, expectations, and we’re proud to say that most RADIUS toothbrushes carry the ADA seal.

Choose the right toothbrush for you at www.madebyradius.com.

Take a Tour of RADIUS

In RADIUS on May 18, 2016 at 7:22 pm

This is where we design, create, manufacture, and bring our innovative products to life. Take a tour of our historic factory and HQ and get an inside look at what makes RADIUS tick.