I have always enjoyed making fibre form gifts for friends and family at Christmas time. Our family needed to cut costs and so I did a little research on what I could make with my existing materials. One thing led to another and after several prototypes, we developed our own formula for wool dryer balls. We were pleased to create a unique and personal gift and in the process, we discovered our gift had a cost savings beneficial that we were able to pass along to our loved ones. This was truly the most appealing part of this process.
Days after our discovery and as luck would have it, The Soap Dispensary on Main Street in Vancouver opened. My husband and I casually popped in. We met with the owner Linh, and from that moment on, ULAT Wool Dryer Balls went retail.
This journey has been amazing. Since launching since November 2011, we have developed some wonderful relationships and hope to continue providing a little smile to all who do laundry with ULAT Dryer Balls.
We can't take the chore of laundry away, but we can assist in making the process a little less tedious, decrease energy costs for our consumer, provide a completely hypoallergenic solution, and support local resources. This is one task that can be on your own terms and everyone can feel good about it.
A remarkable point to our product and philosophy
What is the best part about our venture?
I absolutely believe everyone who is involved with ULAT benefits. The generous sheep who donate their wool, the Canadian Mill, the farmers, my family, the shops, the end consumer, municipal infrastructure and of course Mother Nature. It's rare to know that all parties from start to finish can be part of the win-win with a product. ULAT is evidence that it can exist.
Where we are going
Koichi and I feel extremely lucky and privileged to do what we do. We are thrilled to participate in various collaborations under diverse initiatives. Our community and support stretches across the continent and beyond. Now considered one of the largest purchasers of wool in Western Canada, we look forward to continuing our expansion while maintaining our Canadian commitments.