Hand-made ‘Dryer Ball’ by Couple in Vancouver, Order Increased rapidly －Decreasing Drying Time
Jennifer LeBrun and her husband invented a hand-made dryer ball ‘ULAT.’Enlarge this image Enlarge this map
Mr. Kouich Suzuki and his wife Jennifer LeBrun living in Vancouver launched their business ‘ULAT Dryer Balls’ last November. Orders were increased through verbal communication and they have been busy selling the balls. 100 % Alberta merino wool ‘Dryer Balls’ are now known for decreasing drying time.
Jennifer is interested in fashion, textile, and craft. She prepares for hand-made Christmas presents for her family and friends every year. She noticed ‘Dryer Balls,’ looking for the idea for presents last October. After that, the couple repeated experiments many times and realized that using two ounces （about fifty-seven grams） of three wool balls are most effective way to make the balls.
Mr. Suzuki owned Japanese sake import business called ‘TALU （barrel in English）’ after his immigration in 2000. When ‘TALU’ is read backward, the spell changes into ‘ULAT’ and it became the product name. ‘I like the pretty sound’ （by Jennifer）. Extra moisture is absorbed and clothes are not tangled by rotating wool balls and laundry together. Warm air evenly distributes in an effective way. It results in reducing drying time at 25 to 50 percent. She explains about the effect of the balls, ‘After washing, clothes are fewer wrinkles and naturally softened without fabric softener.’
Jennifer looks back, ‘Business has developed rapidly and we’re also surprised. We enjoyed an opportunity to have good ideas and meeting.’ She gives a smile, ‘The good point is that sheep, its farmers, dealers, consumers as well as we are glad at doing business.’
At first, they could only make four balls per hour, but now they can make nine balls due to high productivity. In order to handle increased order, they consider hiring staff and expanding their business. They’re now developing new products in which the same wool balls are used and making prototypes.
One set （three balls） = CAD 30. Order is available on Facebook. The balls are also sold at ‘The Soap Dispensary’ （3623 Main St., Vancouver）. They’re planning to have shops at Steveston Farmers Market （June ～ August） and Circle Craft Christmas Market （November）. They provide consultation for international delivery.
（Translated by Hiroko Shioda）