Living Zesty: Mission Viejo Woman Transforms Artificial Turf Into Doormats

By Nathan Percy
The Orange County Register

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) When her sister had artificial turf installed at her San Juan Capistrano home, entrepreneur Alison Hans came up with an idea. A simple, practical, eco-friendly product that can be used by people and pets!

The Orange County Register

Alison Hans considers herself an entrepreneur, not someone meant to work for a company.

After providing home schooling until high school for her two children, the Mission Viejo resident applied for jobs at various grocery and retail companies. She wasn’t completely sure how to answer certain questions, citing an example of a few after she applied to Trader Joe’s.

“Do you remember solving a problem with a customer? What was the problem? How did you solve it?”

“I don’t have this career thing that’s on a trajectory,” Hans said. “I’ve always thought, well, what could I sell? But I had a family to raise, so I didn’t have time to do it.”

But she knew she was good at selling, and when her sister had artificial turf installed at her San Juan Capistrano home, Hans came up with an idea. A simple, practical, eco-friendly idea.

She realized she could take leftover pieces of artificial turf and turn them into circular doormats.

Her at-home company, Living Zesty, aims to add “zest to life, one eco-friendly product at a time,” her website says. The mats, which measure 33 inches in diameter, sell for $40.

“It’s frustrating because you spend all this time and do all this stuff and nothing’s happening, no one gets it,” she said of her previous ideas. “So it’s nice to get a positive response. This is sort of the career after my mommy career.”

The mats are easy to spray clean and can be used as doormats or potty-training mats for animals, Hans said. She joked that the recent storms have been bad for business, because people may reconsider keeping their grass lawns.

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