If you like to use hand soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, cleaning wipes and other household cleaners that are non-toxic and follow the cradle to cradle philosophy, then chances are that you have used Method products. As if these products weren’t already green enough, founders Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan have come up with an amazing new way to package these products: by using recycled plastic from the North Pacific Ocean gyre.
Any person who cares about the planet could tell you that the North Pacific gyre is a dangerous oceanic region where many things plastic go and never come back. It is estimated that the amount of plastic that washes up on the shores from this place is twice the size of Texas.
To combat this man-made crisis, Lowry and Ryan teamed up with Envision Plastics, one of the largest recyclers in the world, and created the “ocean bottle.” The bottle is 100% post-consumer polyethylene, and 25% of it is made from plastic collected from the Gyre.
They were able to do this by designing a process that takes the Gyre plastic, cleans it, removes contaminants and then manufactures it into plastic that is the same quality as virgin HDPE plastic.
Method unveiled this brand new bottle on September 15 at the company’s San Franciscoheadquarters. Mayor Ed Lee was so proud of this innovation that he declared September 15 “Method Day.”
Accordingto a press release he said, “Today’s announcement by San Francisco-based Method demonstrates our City’s commitment to creative, innovative, and sustainabletechnology companies. By creating bottles made from ocean debris, they are demonstrating that San Francisco is a place for big ideas.”
Learn more about Method’s sustainable mission behind the bottle.