Nohbo, a water soluble ball containing shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, is in the final stages of development and is anticipating a launch to major hotel chains.
Founded by a Florida-based 16-year-old entrepreneur named Benjamin Stern, the Nohbo ball can help the hospitality industry significantly reduce the millions of plastic bottled amenities that fill landfills when not recycled. The Nohbo ball is a water soluble ball in which the product, be it shampoo, conditioner, or a body cleansing mixture, is placed inside and emitted upon the dissolution of the water-soluble membrane. The membrane dissolves in one’s hands with running water after which the contents of the ball are released and lather easily with the water.
Stern got his patent-pending idea after watching his mother use laundry detergent pods when doing laundry. With a passion for reducing plastic waste, Stern came up with the idea to apply a similar solution used in the detergent pods to deliver (rather than dispense) shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and even shaving cream. In true entrepreneurial fashion, Stern raised money from family and got his own job to fund his idea.
Nohbo’s focus on being environmentally friendly doesn’t stop at removing the use of plastic. The balls themselves will be packaged in plant-based, compostable packaging. The debut scents will include sandalwood mint for the shampoo and conditioner and tea tree lavender for the body wash.
Cost savings is another benefit of a reduction in water usage, electricity usage, and overall wastage for hotels. Nohbo also touches upon this benefit of sustainability, claiming that the Nobho ball will cost nearly half of what a plastic bottled amenity would cost. This is very significant for independent hotels and hotel chains.
Nohbo is set to release soon and will find distribution in major hotel chains, specifically in guest rooms and spas.
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