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EcoLax: Saving The Planet One Greaser At A Time

Entrepreneurs, Mike and Matt Kim from Washington, DC, wanted to work this Summer, but also wanted to do something lacrosse related at the same time. The Kim brothers founded EcoLax. Project EcoLax is a recycling program aimed to refurbish used lacrosse balls while simultaneously saving the planet. With the exploding popularity of lacrosse, laxers are going through tons of balls every year. Many of these balls are used for a while and then thrown away when they become slick i.e. “Greasers”. Read More…


Entrepreneurs, Mike and Matt Kim from Washington, DC, wanted to work this Summer, but also wanted to do something lacrosse related at the same time. The Kim brothers founded EcoLax. Project EcoLax is a recycling program aimed to refurbish used lacrosse balls while simultaneously saving the planet. With the exploding popularity of lacrosse, laxers are going through tons of balls every year. Many of these balls are used for a while and then thrown away when they become slick i.e. “Greasers”. The mission of EcoLax is to refurbish your unwanted Greasers and give them a new life. The Kim brothers also profess throwing away one lacrosse ball is like trashing 11 empty bottles or dumping 25 plastic bags. View a video demo below.

EcoLax will be refurbishing balls at a number of events this Summer. The Kim brothers plan to use the proceeds to recoup their investment and then fund their mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The Kim brothers will be bringing lacrosse equipment to teach underprivileged childern the sport of lacrosse. Order an EcoLax Recycling Kit today by clicking here.

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BGD
BGD
7 years ago

Fantastic Idea: Check these new low cost options for the DIYer. I use my ReLAX refurbisher at least once per month. The 5 gallon version is a beast but the 2 gallon is easier to store and more than meets the needs of the average player. It takes off less than 1/128th of an inch each time you use it. You refurbish a single ball dozens of times before the are out of specification. SAVE THE WORLD 1 Player at a time.

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Canlax
Canlax
9 years ago

ignore “smart man” I have cleaned greasy balls with dove, they look nothing like that. And you can easily tell the high quality of the refurbished balls. Greasy balls get shinier the greasier they get. Therefore the mat white shows that the ball is as good as new. “smart man” can go troll somewhere else. I think what you guys are doing is fantastic, keep it up! 

Canlax
Canlax
9 years ago

ignore “smart man” I have cleaned greasy balls with dove, they look nothing like that. And you can easily tell the high quality of the refurbished balls. Greasy balls get shinier the greasier they get. Therefore the mat white shows that the ball is as good as new. “smart man” can go troll somewhere else. I think what you guys are doing is fantastic, keep it up! 

Smart man
Smart man
9 years ago

Ok well do they come out grippy again b/c I’ve tried many things and they look better but they are still somewhat slippery

EcoLax
EcoLax
9 years ago
Reply to  Smart man

Are you in the DC Metropolitan area?  We’d love to do a couple for you if you are.  

EcoLax
EcoLax
9 years ago
Reply to  Smart man

Are you in the DC Metropolitan area?  We’d love to do a couple for you if you are.  

Smart man
Smart man
9 years ago

Ok well do they come out grippy again b/c I’ve tried many things and they look better but they are still somewhat slippery

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

ecolax is stupid
do you wanna be better or have cleaner balls
they are nott grippy wat so ever
that noise is just to make you not hear what they do

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

ecolax is stupid
do you wanna be better or have cleaner balls
they are nott grippy wat so ever
that noise is just to make you not hear what they do

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

ecolax is stupid
do you wanna be better or have cleaner balls
they are nott grippy wat so ever
that noise is just to make you not hear what they do

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

ecolax is stupid
do you wanna be better or have cleaner balls
they are nott grippy wat so ever
that noise is just to make you not hear what they do

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

ecolax is stupid
do you wanna be better or have cleaner balls
they are nott grippy wat so ever
that noise is just to make you not hear what they do

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

ecolax is stupid
do you wanna be better or have cleaner balls
they are nott grippy wat so ever
that noise is just to make you not hear what they do

EcoLax
EcoLax
9 years ago
Reply to  Smart MAN

Smart MAN,

We do not use Dawn soap and the noise is actually from the machine.  Based on your comments we find it hard to believe that you actually came to one of our events.  We have received positive comments from Kyle Harrison, Sam Bradman, the Stanwick Family and many others.  Our latest event was the Baltimore Summer Kickoff, please check out this testimonial.  That day we refurbished an entire bucket of balls for Jake. 

EcoLax
EcoLax
9 years ago
Reply to  Smart MAN

Smart MAN,

We do not use Dawn soap and the noise is actually from the machine.  Based on your comments we find it hard to believe that you actually came to one of our events.  We have received positive comments from Kyle Harrison, Sam Bradman, the Stanwick Family and many others.  Our latest event was the Baltimore Summer Kickoff, please check out this testimonial.  That day we refurbished an entire bucket of balls for Jake. 

EcoLax
EcoLax
9 years ago
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EcoLax
EcoLax
9 years ago
Reply to  EcoLax

EcoLax
EcoLax
9 years ago
Reply to  EcoLax

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

ecolax is stupid
do you wanna be better or have cleaner balls
they are nott grippy wat so ever
that noise is just to make you not hear what they do

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

no one buy this,
there just using dawn dish soap, takes grease off everything (like the ducks in the commercials)
and it just makes them look good but they are still not grippy
waste of money

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

no one buy this,
there just using dawn dish soap, takes grease off everything (like the ducks in the commercials)
and it just makes them look good but they are still not grippy
waste of money

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

no one buy this,
there just using dawn dish soap, takes grease off everything (like the ducks in the commercials)
and it just makes them look good but they are still not grippy
waste of money

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

no one buy this,
there just using dawn dish soap, takes grease off everything (like the ducks in the commercials)
and it just makes them look good but they are still not grippy
waste of money

Smart MAN
Smart MAN
9 years ago

no one buy this,
there just using dawn dish soap, takes grease off everything (like the ducks in the commercials)
and it just makes them look good but they are still not grippy
waste of money

Hadad
Hadad
9 years ago

this is so cool, what a wonderful thing to do in every way!

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

soo, they are bringing lax equipment to impoverished children… instead of food, medical supplies, everyday needs…

Cupcakeeater1994
Cupcakeeater1994
9 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Lax is a need , stay fit .

Cupcakeeater1994
Cupcakeeater1994
9 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Lax is a need , stay fit .

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

I hope you’re kidding. This is what bugs me so much about mission trips. misplaced intentions. Just help the people live a better life by giving them essentials and a solid foundation for the future. Lacrosse is about as far away from essential as I could ever think of. You can’t eat a bible and you can’t eat lacrosse equipment.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

I hope you’re kidding. This is what bugs me so much about mission trips. misplaced intentions. Just help the people live a better life by giving them essentials and a solid foundation for the future. Lacrosse is about as far away from essential as I could ever think of. You can’t eat a bible and you can’t eat lacrosse equipment.

EcoLax
EcoLax
9 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hi Cadlax,

I’d like to make this explicitly clear to you.  We are going to spread the gospel and give the people a chance at eternal life.  That’s better than food and shelter in this life.  That’s what we believe.  We understand that other people have other views and we respect that.  By the way the missions trip is with our church.  We are one of several teams including a medical team, a construction team and a micro-financing team.  We also attend to the poor’s immediate needs like hunger.  Last year we packed and brought with us about 100,000 meals for hungry children.  So you can see, lacrosse is going to be just a small part of what we do in the DR.  

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago
Reply to  EcoLax

Obviously you have never taken an economics class or have some kind of common sense that the time, labor, and capital you spend on lacrosse could be used towards more useful things to actually alleviate suffering. Which you know, is kind of what I think god/jesus/good-person would have done. I find it extremely cruel that you would rather try to convert people than trying to help them in tangible ways.

I wish 4 guests could like my comment too

Cupcakeeater1994
Cupcakeeater1994
9 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Lax is a need , stay fit .

Cupcakeeater1994
Cupcakeeater1994
9 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Lax is a need , stay fit .

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

soo, they are bringing lax equipment to impoverished children… instead of food, medical supplies, everyday needs…

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

soo, they are bringing lax equipment to impoverished children… instead of food, medical supplies, everyday needs…

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

soo, they are bringing lax equipment to impoverished children… instead of food, medical supplies, everyday needs…

Dwaiandjuney
Dwaiandjuney
9 years ago

Brilliant Mike and Matt!

Dwaiandjuney
Dwaiandjuney
9 years ago

Brilliant Mike and Matt!

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