First the bad news - There's a buildup of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean called the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch that is reported to be larger than the state of Texas (Yikes!). As depressing as that is, there may be a ray of hope from a company named Method.
Method’s ecologically friendly home-cleaning products are recognizable on grocery store shelves as the colorful liquids in clear plastic bottles.
But earlier this month Method introduced a dish and hand soap packaged in an opaque plastic bottle the color of dirty ocean water. The bottles are made from plastic debris that washed up on Hawaiian beaches and recovered by Method employees and volunteers.
The company, started in San Francisco in 2001 by Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan, already makes its packaging from recycled plastics sourced from curbside recycling programs. But Mr. Lowry said the new bottle is meant to draw attention to the growing problem of plastic pollution in the ocean and its harmful effects on marine wildlife.
How They Did It
1. Three cleanups, with a total of 3,000 volunteers, cleared the beaches of Oahu, Hawaii, which hold trash from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
2. 12 Method employees sorted through 1 ton of plastic.
3. Ocean plastic was combined with recycled HDPE plastic to make 40,000 bottles.
Mr. Lowry, who has the title of the company’s chief greens keeper, said that the process was not cost effective, but that economy was hardly the point.
“We want to create a conversation about recycling plastics,” he said. “The real objective is to make the point that we ought to work with the plastics already on the planet.”
On their website they said, "As a small soap company, we know we can’t clean up the world’s oceans. but we can raise awareness about the issue and use our business to demonstrate smart ways of using and reusing the plastics that are already on the planet. We think the best way to do that is by proving that solutions exist, even at a small scale.
Method has taken the first step and hopefully other companies will follow suit.
Article by Adam Camara
Labels: Method Soap Bottles Made with Ocean Plastic Trash, Science