Ben Schols: Creator of Biodegradable Golf Balls – Ep. 44

Each year, 300 million golf balls are lost in the US alone. They are toxic. It takes them 100 to 1,000 years to decompose. 

It’s a massive problem that no one is talking about.

Now I love golf. Love, LOVE golf. It’s my favorite thing to do other than sit staring at a screen for 16 hours a day trying to make you laugh, learn or feel something.

But I’ve always hated this aspect of it. 

Today’s podcast guest (out now on all platforms) is one of the co-creators of A young company trying to make a truly biodegradable golf ball.

Sure, the performance isn’t there just yet. But we have to start somewhere right? 

I’m just hoping they figure it out, so we can all ditch the toxic alternatives in the next few years.

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7:20 – “…there is something enjoyable about smacking a golf ball into like a lake or lake into the ocean and just cranking it and just driving bombs, right? So if you can do it and do it in an eco-friendly way, I feel like you’d feel a lot better about yourself.”

8:22 – “It’s a single core ball. And that’s as far as the technology has come so far. They’re not going to perform as well as a Titleist anything like that. Hopefully we build funding and we get to the point that we can develop something like that.”

13:08 – “It was really just getting it together to the point where we could actually sell it and deliver it to somebody and package it up and actually have a finished product. It took almost about a year and a half to get to that point.”

17:19 – “If you do manufacturing outside of North America, bringing anything in is absolutely a massive pain in the ass. …because of Covid, all the shipping has just been absolutely insane recently.”

20:41 – “Obviously if somebody is looking for ten thousand balls a month, it’s quite hard to fulfill that if you’re spending all your time doing retail or if you’re getting multiple wholesale orders. It’s just the whole supply chain is really something that is hard to manage.”

21:47 – “Just to get your product on Amazon at this point in Canada, you have to have all your own UPC codes. So that’s done through GS1 as well as you need to have your logo trademarked.” (edited)

24:57 – “We spent a large amount of our time doing SEO. So organic SEO and we managed to place first on Google in North America. So that was huge.”

30:39 – “When you build out a business online, you can you can hit so many more markets than you could ever do, doing it traditionally.”

35:06 – “I don’t even think we’ve hit the first wave of biodegradable products. In the next 5 to 10 years, I think that you’re going to see a lot of these biodegradable companies…”

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