in fact, this 230-foot wind turbine works the opposite of a fan—instead of using electricity to make wind, it uses wind to make electricity. our wind turbine helps to generate half of the building’s annual electrical consumption.
urban agriculture company Gotham Greens has taken over 75,000 square feet of our roof to create a commercial-scale greenhouse. the greenhouse produces about 500 tons of fresh, premium quality, pesticide-free produce annually for the local community and surrounding retail and restaurant market.
plus, a 1,520 square foot rooftop canopy (that means green plants growing on the actual roof, not in the greenhouse) helps us decrease energy use, improve urban air quality and reduce stormwater runoff, resulting in less stress on public sewer systems.
three 35 x 35-foot solar tracking trees are permanently parked in our plant’s parking lot. unlike traditional solar panels which only reach maximum wattage when the sun is directly overhead, our solar tracking trees follow the sun from sunrise to sunset in order to maximize energy generation.
our soap factory houses our manufacturing and bottling operations and serves as a distribution center for both method and Ecover. having everything in one building allows us to reduce our carbon footprint. and by calling the Midwest home, we are positioned to source ingredients and distribute products efficiently across North America.
want to learn more about how we make soap? group tours are held every wednesday at 9:30 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm CT. to reserve a spot, call the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC) at 773.928.6000 ext. 229. a minimum of one week advance notice is required.
we chose the Pullman Park district in the south side of Chicago for our factory site because of its rich history. not only was Pullman one of America’s first model industrial towns, the district was also recently declared a National Monument. by calling the Pullman Historic District home, we have an opportunity to contribute to its bright future.