12:27 26 Oct 2021

A loofah eco-business set up in Kherson region

Ukraine's largest loofah farm started with 50 seeds and dreams of an eco-business. The Zhdanov family took a risk and sowed all their 3 acres with loofahs!

ShoTam announced it, Rubryka reports.

6 years ago, Volodymyr Zhdanov first saw "strange cucumbers": loofah. If such a "cucumber" is dried and peeled, you will get a dishcloth.

They'd sown it out of curiosity, in the parents' garden in the village of Kairy in the Kherson region. Out of 50 seeds, 25 came out. They got 30 dishcloths and sponges; everything was given away.

The next harvest was great, but sales didn't go. Then Volodymyr decided to increase sowing and change his strategy.

"We planted three hundred square meters and changed tactics. They started communicating with eco-shops. We had to reduce the price, but sales started," Volodymyr Zhdanov said.

This eco-sponge in the kitchen "lives" a month and doesn't require detergent.

"Loofah perfectly removes grease. And still cleans pans, without damaging Teflon. And it doesn't pollute the environment," Volodymyr Zhdanov says.

The price for a washcloth is UAH 25-100, seeds are UAH 100 per 100 seeds.

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