The Further Family - a sustainability story...
Further Products is owned and operated by Megan & Marshall Dostal, with occasional after-school help from their 16 year old son Wyatt.
For years, Marshall drove a biodiesel fueled automobile - he collected depleted waste grease from some of America’s finest restaurants, then converted it into biofuel in a makeshift lab inside the family garage. One day Megan, a former event planner for Vogue Magazine, walked into the garage and became alarmed at what her husband had accumulated: drums of glycerin, a byproduct of the biofuel distillation process.
Megan stared at her grease-covered soul mate and lovingly suggested he clean up his act. That's when Marshall decided to take things one-step further. He put the glycerin to work by creating a hand soap – Megan loved the idea, but was not a fan of the smell. So she joined the team. Together, they developed a signature fragrance from the oils of Bergamot, Olive, and exotic grasses to create a scent that is at once clean, fresh and sweetly aromatic. The restaurants that provided the waste grease started using the soap, and Further Products was born.
Further's manufacturing process is a full-circle, upcycled, no waste model that the Dostals pioneered. Further is the only company of its kind.
That is not hyperbole, it’s simply the truth.
Things have changed a bit. The biofuel is now created in a warehouse instead of the family garage, but the company roots and commitment to reuse remain.
The hand soap has been joined by lotion, dish soap, candles and more - all made locally in Los Angeles.
Further Products are available at fine hotels, restaurants, and retailers nationwide.