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Weeds Never Sleep, LLC

Providing gardeners with a safe, organic alternative to toxic herbicides
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Special offer to Early Investors.

Invest $500 or more and receive a pre-production HotZot. 

 

Please note: Because we are still in the prototype stage it could be 12 months or more before you have a “Zot” in your hot little hands. 

 

Be the proud owner of a bright, shiny “Zot” and the envy of all your neighbors!

Pitch

Who are we

What problem do golf courses, parks and playgrounds, schools, business campuses, public and private gardens all have in common?

 

Weeds!

The HotZot is the first tool to effectively kill weeds organically with scalding hot water combined with organic herbicides.  So if you’re tired of weeding by hand and don’t want to use Roundup, the HotZot is the tool you’ve been waiting for.

 

Problem

Gardeners – are you tired of having to choose between weeding by hand and Roundup?

There are garden tasks which are rewarding and you look forward to and then there are those which are drudgery -- weeding is the later because the job is never done. As soon as you finish the task it is time to begin it again because weeds never sleep.

 

With a half-life of up to 9 months, toxic herbicides like Roundup continue to affect our health long after their application. Whether in our parks and schools or homes and gardens, the damage done by Roundup doesn’t stop with the death of the weed. Over the next week toddlers will crawl, pets will chase balls, children will play tag on the lawn and flowers and produce will be brought into the house. With residential Roundup use at over 50,000 tons/year and municipal use many times greater, individual gardeners, as well as entire cities and states, are looking for safe, effective alternatives.

Studies regarding the environmental and health effects of Roundup;
Scientific American
National Institute of Health
The New York Times

 

Solution

Enter The HotZot, a revolutionary new tool in a very old market solving an ancient problem using new technology. The HotZot is a unique organic, point and shoot weeding tool which is portable and scalable and crosses over from residential to light commercial and agricultural use.  

 

The Garden HotZot is designed specifically for gardeners.  It is an organic point and shoot sprayer that kills weeds with jets of boiling water mixed with organic herbicides.  No stooping, no kneeling or crawling in the mud – just point and shoot.  No more compacting the soil while you step into your garden to pull the weeds, no more exposing new weed seeds to sunlight.

The HotZot is the first tool to effectively kill weeds organically with scalding hot water combined with organic herbicides.  So if you’re tired of weeding by hand and don’t want to use Roundup, the HotZot is the tool you’ve been waiting for.

The HotZot is patented and will provide a necessary weed control tool for homeowners, gardeners, landscape crews, golf courses, schools, parks, sporting fields and business campuses.  Heated by propane, it will be totally portable and can be used in the field wherever weeding is needed and can scale easily from residential use to commercial and small agriculture.

 

 

Achievement & Traction

Before this tool has even been produced for the retail market, we have support and keen interest in the HotZot. To date there have been over 300 requests to purchase the tool (once it is available).

  • Rainbird Golf and Contractor Divisions are interested and have followed development of the HotZot.
  • NDA signed by Chapin Sprayers – a major Lawn and Garden tool manufacturer which shows committed interest.
  • Aliabiosys - a major agricultural supplier in India requested details and pricing.  They are interested in using the HotZot for weed control in tea, coffee, palm and spice plantations.
  • Positec (Worx, Rockwell) is submitting the HotZot to their New Products Team.
  • TTI (Milwaukie, Ryobi) has submitted the HotZot to their New Products Development Committee.
  • True Value wants to discuss the opportunity of the HotZot becoming a vendor for True Value.

 

We’ve met with and received support from Congressman Kurt Schrader (D. Oregon 5th Congressional District) and from the Deputy Director for Earl Blumenauer (D. Oregon 3rd Congressional District). Both said that it was “the right tool at the right time.”

Organizations wishing to test the HotZot;

  • Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Health Safety
  • Trillium Primary School, West Linn, OR
  • City of Irvine, CA
  • Denver “March Against Monsanto”

 

Market

In 2018 American gardeners reported spending a record $47.8 billion on lawn and garden retail sales.

 

Our Market targets School Playgrounds, Landscape Maintenance Contractors, Golf Courses, Public Gardens, Parks, Residential gardeners and Business Campuses to name a few. 

  • 35% of households in the US grow food either at home or in community gardens. 1 in 3 households participate in food or flower gardening.
  • 90 million households participated in do-it-yourself lawn and gardening activities last year. 
  • In 2017 there were over 2,055,000 acres of land devoted to public parks, many of which contain public gardens.
  • In 2017 there were 731 dog parks and 23,883 community garden plots in the US.
  • 2018 US gardeners spent $47.8 billion on lawn and garden sales.

(Source – National Gardening Association)

"Demand for clean food, clean water, clean air, clean medicine and clean environments is dramatically shifting how people buy plants and products, and garden both inside and out."

 

Mintel report

“CLEAN” and “GARDENING” are words that normally don’t go together. Clean gardening means using only products that come from natural origins – no synthetic fertilizers, no synthetic pesticides and no GMO seeds. Concern about chemicals in the lawn and garden followed a concern of cost and time as the top three gardening challenges, according to the 2016 Mintel Report.

 

Garden Media Group

"Overall, in 2018 American gardeners reported spending a record $47.8 billion on lawn and garden retail sales, the highest ever, with a record average household spend of $503 – up nearly $100 over the previous year."

 

National Gardening Association (NGA) Report

"A new, national survey shows more American households are gardening than ever before (77%), and increasingly the gardener is a young man*.

The annual National Gardening Survey finds the proportion of older gardeners is holding steady (35%) but younger households reached an all-time high in gardening participation. “From small beginnings with a succulent here and a houseplant there, the under 35s are now truly engaged in the full range of gardening activities.” says industry analyst Ian Baldwin, who participated in the survey."

 

“18 to 34-year-olds now occupy 29% of all gardening households. It’s a strong sign that they are finally ‘in,’” Baldwin says.

The power tools market segment is the fastest growing segment of the global garden and lawn tools market, driven by the fast and efficient nature of their operation. Some of the popular power tools used in this segment are hedge trimmers, shredders, and grass trimmers. Currently, there is a growing demand for electric and cordless garden tools, which is being catered to by prominent vendors such as MTD, Robert Bosch, and Techtronic Industries. With an increasing preference for do-it-yourself (DIY) activities and gardening, the demand for garden power tools will increase in the individual consumer segment during the forecast period.  

Source - Businesswire

 

The global gardening tools market is projected to register 1.6% CAGR during the forecast period 2017 to 2025, according to a recent report by Persistence Market Research (PMR). PMR’s report estimates the global sales of gardening tools to expand from nearly 280,000 ‘000 units in 2017 to surpass 300,000 ‘000 units by 2025-end.

Source - Persistence Market Research 

  

Competition

Heat Lamp (NatureZap)
Effectiveness: 25%, does not kill plant roots -- multiple applications needed, clumsy to use and the housing becomes very hot and can cause burns, does not work in wet weather.  Cost: $100

Tertill (Franklin Robotics)
Effectiveness - 100% on weeds smaller than 1 inch, does not work on larger weeds. only works on level ground, requires 1 Tertill per 100 sq. ft. of garden.  Cost - $248

 

Residential Weed Steamer (DynaSteam)
Effectiveness: 25%, does not kill plant roots -- multiple applications are needed, cumbersome to use, must wear protective clothing -- 300F live steam under pressure is used.  Cost: $230

 

String Trimmer (Weed Eater)
Effectiveness: 25%, does not kill plant roots, multiple applications are needed.  Application area: 16 s.in. safe for the environment, people and pets.  Cost: $79 - $289

 

Residential Weed Torch (Red Dragon)
Effectiveness: 25%, does not kill plant roots --multiple applications are needed, must wear protective clothing and store propane safely, can cause fires if misused.  Cost: $61-$310 (plus cost of tank, fuel, hand truck and fire extinguisher.)

 

Roundup (glyphosate) 

Effectiveness: 90%, kills plant roots, easy to use. Dangerous for people and pets - must be kept out of treated area for 24-72 hrs. longer if the area is moist. All clothing worn while treating the area must be washed immediately.  Do not use near waterways, do not use when rain is expected within 24 hrs., protect eyes and skin from contact, do not inhale spray, avoid contact with treated plants, wash hands after contact and spray on a windless day to avoid drift, Minimum application area 4 s.in., Not safe for the environment, the active ingredients (glyphosate and POEA) are toxic to aquatic life, not safe for people or pets.

Cost: $35.00 

 

Business Model

Revenues will initially be generated through licensing fees and royalties from major Lawn and Garden tool manufacturers.  Sale of the IP will provide a substantial ROI for investors. 

We see this as a scalable product which can span the Lawn and Garden industry from commercial use to the urban, residential gardener.  Our goal is to license different models of the HotZot to different segments of the Lawn and Garden industry.  Therefore we intend to focus on backpack spray tank manufacturers, golf cart manufacturers (cart mounted tanks) and residential power tool manufacturers.

 

What do we offer a licensee?
The HotZot offers dual income streams!

HotZot sales - expected production cost of $25
Expected market price of $100 - $150

Organic herbicide production and packaging $1
Market price for organic herbicides $10

 

The HotZot is well positioned as an organic alternative to existing powered gardening tools and toxic herbicides

 

Team

Our team of Founders - Michael Peterson (Inventor) and Bonnie Bruce (Instigator), have been invoived with environmental and sustainabiity issues since 1972 and are passionate advocates of the HotZot.  There are committed to every gardener having a Zot in every garage or toolshed in America.

Advisors - Zen Parry (Business), Charles Knechtel (CFO) and Matthew Werbach (Media) are as committed and focused as Michael and Bonnie and believe that the future of healthy families and environments are on the line.

 

Bonnie Bruce - Co-Founder

Landscape Designer who has also practiced commercial interior design for many years.  She brings over 30 years of plantsmanship and 20 years of focus on environmental stewardship to her landscape practice. 

 

Experience: Interior designer for projects from $2 million - $50 + million, adjunct university instructor, landscape designer, lecturer and design coach.

 

Education: BA Sociology, AA Interior Design, post graduate work in Horticulture.

 

Prof. Member of APLD, LEED AP, Master Gardener, FIIDA

 

 

Michael Peterson - Co-Founder

Inventor of the HotZot, IT Consultant, Event Manager (US Rowing Association), Adjunct College Instructor (Marylhurst College, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon Culinary Institute) and co-founder of Portland/Vancouver Rowing Association, Residential General Contractor.

Education; BA in Psychology, MA Business Management

 

 

 

 

 

Zen Parry - Advisor

Industry Experience: International Corporate Leadership • Project Management • Operations and Strategic Management • SME – Small and Medium Enterprises • Contracts Administration • Policy Development • Enterprise Capacity Building • Troubleshooting & Turnaround Assignments • Strategic Planning • Marketing • Business Modeling • Scenario and Contingency Development

 

 

Charles Knechtel - Advising CFO

Charles has worked with a variety of business as their temporary or permanent-part time CFO. Clients include a manufacturing company with annual revenues in excess of $50 million, a large scale residential real-state development group (250+ homes per year), a well funded high tech start-up, a local subsidiary of a multi-billion dollar Japanese conglomerate, and a $40+ million construction company.

 

 

Matthew Werbach, Werbach Content + Advocacy LLC. - PR, Social Media Consultant

Matt Werbach is a writer and author with experience in marketing, PR, content creation, TV production, and journalism. He currently works with a small but active group of startups in the Pacific Northwest. His clients are in fields as diverse as candle making, hardware engineering, and documentary film. When he isn’t pecking away at the keyboard, you can find him running on Portland’s lush trails or playing with his four-year-old son at Gabriel Park.

 

Use of Funds

Updates

Michael Peterson
Michael Petersona month ago

7/21/19 - We have been in contact with Cushman (golf/utility cart folks) and they're interested in our product and have asked for more information.

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Oneshin Aiken
Oneshin Aiken - Investor2 months ago
What happens to invested proceeds if you do not meet your funding target ?
Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson - Issuer    
All investing commitments are canceled and no funds change hands.

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