Sick of all of that ocean garbage washing up on shore, especially on the west coast in the Pacific? Method cleaning products may have the solution — to not only get rid of ocean waste and promote marine conservation, but to salvage and re-use ocean-salvaged plastic and even create jobs with it.
Method co-founder and “chief greenskeeper” Adam Lowry stated that “Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness that the real solution to plastic pollution lies in reusing and recycling the plastic that’s already on the planet.” That’s why the brand has put R&D focus into an innovative way to use plastic washed up on the shores from the North Pacific Gyre, often referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The bottle is 100 percent post-consumer polyethylene, 25 percent of which is plastic from the Gyre. Partnering with Envision Plastics, one of the largest recyclers in the U.S., Method was able to make bottles out of a novel and potentially profound new plastic material – Ocean PCR, or post-consumer recycled plastic packaging.[more]
Together with Envision, Method has pioneered an integrated new recycling process to engineer Ocean PCR plastic that is the same quality as virgin HDPE plastic. The process allows the plastic to be cleaned, unwanted contaminants removed completely, blended, and then remanufactured into high quality plastic.
“This innovation demonstrates what America, California and forward-thinking companies like Method can accomplish when they combine strong business principles with responsible actions to protect our health and the world around us,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson commented. “By transforming the trash in our oceans into usable products that are safe for our children, our environment and our future, Method has proven that green business can grow our economy and create jobs.”