Jose’ Carreira has always been intrigued by chemicals and chemical reactions. At the age of 13 he had his first bomb explosion that left a 10 cm scar on his leg. Since then he developed a healthy respect for chemicals.
In November 2010 Jose’ and his wife Jackie Carreira were driving around chatting about how nice it would be if there was a one stop shop that provided eco friendly cleaning products that were biodegradable, worked well, and were very affordable. Very clearly no such place existed in Plettenberg Bay. After a lunch at “The Lookout deck” Jose’ said that he would be in his element if he had a small place to potter around with chemicals and make all sorts of products that could actually sell and be of benefit to the public and safe for the environment. Jackie said that this sounded like a great idea and that he could actually put his chemical engineering degree to good use.
That very afternoon, true to their fearless style, they found premises to rent next to the “Agri”, called the landlord and signed a lease for 1 year. This was great but they had no products, no equipment and in fact nothing except empty shelves in this building. Drawing on their previous manufacturing experience of the “Pool Magic” range of pool chemicals they went to work.
Jackie thought of a name for the business, she called it “CLEAN”, arranged to get a telephone line and set up her office which consisted of 1 small desk a chair and really nothing else. She ordered in a few raw materials, empty bottles and bought a printer so that Jose’ could make labels. In no time they had 1 employee to help mix and blend a few simple products.