October 15, 2012
Environmentally-conscious cleaning product company Method announced it is launching its latest solution in sustainable packaging bottles made from a blend of plastic recovered from the ocean and post-consumer recycled plastic.
According to a release, this limited edition packaging is for a new Method product, a two-in-one hand and dish soap, available at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide.
Method said scientists estimate that several million tons of plastic make its way into the oceans every year, polluting the environment and hurting marine populations. Through this new use of recovered ocean plastic, Method is demonstrating how a business can tackle environmental problems, and that there are smarter ways to make plastic than using virgin material. Nearly all of Method’s packaging is made from post-consumer recycled material, which helps keep additional plastic out of landfills and oceans.
Over the past year and a half, Method employees have worked with local volunteers from Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i and the Kokua Hawai’i Foundation to hand-collect several tons of plastic from the beaches of Hawai’i, where the kinds of rigid, opaque plastic needed to make this packaging are most abundant. A portion of the product’s proceeds will go to these two Hawaiian organizations as part of Method’s efforts to establish an ongoing business model and supply chain for collecting and sorting plastic marine debris.
Method noted that it partnered with recycler Envision Plastics to develop a new recycling process to make the bottles. The process allows plastics recovered from the ocean to be cleaned, blended, and then remanufactured into recycled plastic that is the same quality as virgin high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic.
“Our goal with ocean plastic packaging is to show that the most viable solution to our plastic pollution problem is using the plastic that’s already on the planet. Method’s ocean plastic bottle demonstrates in the extreme that recycling is possible. By recycling and reusing plastic to make our bottles, we turn off the tap of plastic flowing into our oceans and take the first, most important step toward solving the ocean plastic problem,” said Adam Lowry, co-founder and chief greenskeeper of Method.
“Method is really demonstrating how smart business initiatives can make a big impact for our planet. We’re proud be partnering with them to raise awareness around this global issue and showcase new ways to use and reuse the plastics that are already on our earth,” said Errol Schweizer, executive global grocery coordinator for Whole Foods Market.
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