SmartKlean Laundry Ball on ‘The Expositor’ Ontario News!
Eco-friendly product is easy on pocket book
Lou Mestekemper wants to come clean about his latest enterprise.
Mestekemper, owner of L & L Shuttle, and wife Diane, are promoting the SmartKlean non-detergent laundry ball.
He says the eco-friendly product is easy on the pocket book and the environment.
“We think it’s a great product and it will save you money and it saves the environment,” Mestekemper said. “You can do a whole year’s worth of laundry for about $40.”
When the couple was looking into the product they came across an article in The Expositor about Sara Abu Obaid and Ream Elbadri, two North Park Collegiate students. The students were working on a science project that compared the impact of so-called eco-friendly and regular liquid detergents on aquatic animals called daphnia.
The students discovered that while one of the eco-friendly detergents -the one with more natural ingredients -caused less harm to the daphnia, the other, touted as safer for the environment, was not.
The project earned the students a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, in California after they captured one of the top spots in the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair held in March at McMaster University in Hamilton.
Mestekemper asked the students to test the SmartKlean Laundry Ball. They also gave samples of the product to friends and relatives and asked for their opinions.
“We were looking to get involved in something new and we kind of stumbled upon this product,” Mestekemper said. “We read about it being eco-friendly but before we got involved we wanted to put it to the test.
“We wanted to find out how good it is.”
When the test results came back positive and friends gave the product a good review, the couple was sold and secured the distribution rights to the product for Ontario and the Maritimes.
The laundry ball looks like a child’s toy. It’s a ball filled with different types of beads that clean clothes without the use of chemicals. It’s safe for kids clothing and it has the added bonus of reducing the amount of chemicals in a home.
The laundry ball needs to be put in the sunshine for an hour or more once a month. This will regenerate the ceramic micro beads inside the ball and enable it to keep working for about a year.
“Right now, people haven’t heard much about this product,” Mestekemper said. “But people are always interested in saving money and. these days, people are more aware of the environment.”
Mestekemper started L & L Shuttle more than 20 years ago with the help of Enterprise Brant.
Prior to that he was driving a taxi and before that, he was the manager of a poultry plant.
Health problems forced him continuing his management career at the plant and after driving a taxi for a while, he decided to start his own niche business.
L & L Shuttle transports groups of between 24 to 44 people to weddings, events, shows and games. His clients are groups of people that aren’t large enough for a full-service bus but want more comfortable transportation than can be provided by a school bus.
His shuttles are used by local school boards. A core part of his business is transporting Mohawk College students between Hamilton and Brantford and Hamilton and Stoney Creek.
Earlier this year, he was recognized by Enterprise Brant for 20 years of business success.
“I’m 73 and it’s time for me to move into something else,” he said. “This is the kind of business that we can work way at and enjoy without too much stress.
“Diane is from the Maritimes and we’re planning to move there within the year, so that’s why we got the distribution rights for the Maritimes, as well.”
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