Boyhood friends Alex Nasher, 27, and Sam
Eligwe, 28, developed their business, Green
Clean, on the hunch that customers at the Westfield malls in Bethesda, Wheaton and Annapolis
would appreciate being able to accomplish
three things simultaneously: shop, get their cars
cleaned and do a little good for the world.
“We wanted to start a business, but we also
wanted to have an impact,” says Nasher, who
grew up in Rockville. “We are both originally from
Third World countries—I was born in Afghanistan,
and Sam is from Nigeria—and we have seen the
effects of not having clean water in a region.
So we came up with the idea of a waterless car
Nasher and Eligwe, who grew up in Northern
Virginia, use plant-based products and donate
a portion of their proceeds to Water Is Life, a
nonprofit that provides clean water for those in
need in developing countries. “At the end of the
day, there are a lot of car washes,” Nasher says.
“We wanted to do something more than run a
ON THE ROAD (YET) AGAIN
It feels like déjà vu all over again: Bethesda’s Darley Newman has launched yet another
new series. Travel Like the Locals with Darley can be seen on www.ulive.com, a lifestyle
video site and distribution platform powered by Scripps Networks Interactive. The series,
which debuted in February, follows Newman as she showcases culture, food and accessible travel adventures all over the globe, from dog sledding in Quebec to surfing in Ireland
(“definitely very cold,” Newman says) to hot-air ballooning over the rain forest at dawn in
“What I love about the show is that you can dream about going to these places while
you’re sitting in your office,” Newman says, “but they are accessible enough to really do.”
Newman has garnered five Emmy nominations and traveled many miles as the host of
the equestrian-themed Equitrekking on PBS and Travels with Darley, a travel and lifestyle
series on the AOL On Network. Like the other two shows, Travel Like the Locals with Darley is
produced by DCN Entertainment, with her husband, Chip Ward, as executive producer.
Bethesda’s Darley Newman (right) enjoys the food at
Mont Tremblant with ski instructor Brahm Reinblatt on
Travel Like the Locals with Darley.
Alex Nasher (left) and Sam Eligwe