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Pacific Ocean Trash Cleans Up Nice As Method’s New Soap Bottle

Posted By Beth Buczynski On July 26, 2012 @ 5:03 pm In Green Graphics & Packaging,Green Materials,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment

Method, ocean trash, recycled plastic, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Hawaii

For years environmentalists have wondered why someone doesn’t do something about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch [1]. Now, it appears Method [2], a sustainable cleaning products company, has jumped into the challenge with both feet. Method’s new “Ocean Bottle” for hand and dish soap is made from bits of plastic litter found on Hawaiian beaches. Method has been making designer soap for years now, and it was way back in 2006 [3] that they created their first 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic [4] bottle. Although many said the slowly degrading plastic swirling around in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch couldn’t been reused, Method refused to give up.

Method, recycled plastic, ocean trash, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Hawaii

In 2011, the company, in partnership with Envision Plastics, created a prototype [5] that proved ocean trash could be transformed into a valuable manufacturing resource.

To gather the materials, Method employees joined together with volunteers from Sustainable Coastlines and the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to comb Hawaii’s beaches. They recovered more than 3,000 pounds of plastic trash that had washed ashore from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. That trash now makes up 10 percent of the “Ocean Bottle” (the other 90 percent is still recycled plastic, just not from the ocean).

Look for this “sea minerals” soap to hit stores in November 2012.

+ Method [3]

Via GOOD [6]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Great Pacific Garbage Patch: http://inhabitat.com/chris-jordan-documents-the-devestating-impact-of-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch-on-wildlife/

[2] Method: http://inhabitat.com/tag/Method/

[3] in 2006: http://methodhome.com/ocean-plastic-into-bottles/

[4] recycled plastic: http://inhabitat.com/tag/recycled-plastic/

[5] created a prototype: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/09/15/method-makes-new-recycled-plastic-bottle-garbage-sea

[6] GOOD: http://www.good.is/post/method-s-new-soap-bottle-is-made-from-pacific-garbage-patch-trash

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