Back in high school, my best friend used to take me hunting for used vegetable oil. We’d hit the local chinese restaurants, siphon out wasted oil from drums located out back and haul it back to his home where he’d distill the oil to be used as biodiesel for his converted Mercedes, or as I lovingly called it “the veggie mobile”. His car always smelled like french fries from the oil but he was doing his part to recycle, reuse and help the environment.
When I first stumbled upon Further Products, I immediately loved this product for obvious reasons. FURTHER Products is owned and operated by Megan & Marshall Dostal. Their soap line was born from the byproduct created from the biodiesel distillation process for Marshall’s “veggie mobile”. When you distill the used vegetable oil grease, glycerin is made! What an a-ha moment and an amazing way to truly take this waste product one step further. Not only is the used vegetable waste being used to fuel his car, but the glycerin is being made into the most lovely hand soap that smells like bergamot, olive and grasses.
Marshall still picks-up waste grease from local restaurants. Megan has traded-in her SUV for a vintage diesel wagon and Marshall’s biofuel now powers two family cars and one company truck. The soap has been joined by a hand lotion, a dish soap, two candles and a bar soap.