ocean plastic

new map sheds light on ocean plastic

posted May 9, 2014 by Maria |

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the ocean plastic problem is one that is very close to our hearts. the desire to shed light on this problem was the driving force behind method’s ocean plastic bottles, the world’s first bottles made with a blend of recovered ocean plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic. so when California-based Project AWARE approached us to help spread the word on their new Dive Against Debris map, we were happy to comply.

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Project AWARE was founded more than 20 years ago by a group of professional divers concerned about the declining state of the underwater world. today, the organization supports a global movement of more than 20,000 scuba diving volunteers who are working to clean up oceans in their own local communities. the Dive Against Debris map offers a view of their findings from more than 1,000 underwater surveys in 60 countries. some sad takeaways:

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to donate to or learn more about Project AWARE, visit projectaware.org. to learn more about method’s ocean plastic efforts, click here.

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ocean plastic comes full circle

posted October 23, 2012 by alexis |

check it out, one of our new ocean plastic bottles enjoying the view at home in hawaii. in fact, the ocean plastic used to make this very bottle was collected from a nearby beach. maybe even by the guy holding the bottle. he helped.

we’re so proud.

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introducing the world’s first ocean plastic bottle

posted October 9, 2012 by alexis |

the day has finally arrived. after much hubbub behind the scenes here at soap headquarters, our ocean plastic bottles have hit shelves at Whole Foods. why are they gray, you ask? well, the combination of recovered ocean plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic results in a uniquely gray resin. lovely, huh? even cooler than that, the ocean plastic used to make these bottles was collected by method employees.

read the whole story at methodhome.com/ocean-plastic.

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clean up for national oceans month

posted June 18, 2012 by alexis |

our oceans are faced with a dire problem. staggering quantities of garbage, much of it non-degradable plastic, is polluting the environment and harming marine populations. and the problem isn’t going away anytime soon. more plastic washes up on beaches everyday.

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 to prove that solutions exist, even at a small scale. later this year, we will be launching a product in the world’s first packaging made from a blend of PCR plastic and recovered ocean plastic. recovered from beaches by method employees, in fact.

so this saturday, june 23 we’ll be at it again, working alongside Oah’u-based groups Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and Kokua Hawai’i Foundation to conduct a coastal cleanup at Kahuku’s James Campbell Wildlife Refuge.

we’ll also be filming and interviewing several community leaders and folks involved in the local awareness, education and prevention of ocean plastic pollution affecting hawaii’s beaches and communities.

if you’re interested in joining us at the cleanup, contact katie molinari at katie@methodhome.com. stay tuned for the release of our first ocean plastic bottles later this year.

happy national oceans month.

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our plastic ocean

posted May 29, 2012 by alexis |

last week we had the pleasure of meeting the illustrious capt. charles moore, pulitzer-prize winning environmental researcher and founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. moore spoke to us about the effects of plastic in our oceans and his discovery of the great pacific garbage patch, “where plastic outweighs zooplankton, the ocean’s food base, by a ratio of six to one.”

wow.

it’s estimated that several million tons of plastic make its way into our oceans every year, polluting the environment and hurting our marine populations. this is a serious issue. unfortunately, it’s one that many people don’t think about until they’re confronted with trash on their beaches.

capt. moore is committed to changing that by raising awareness for our ocean’s inevitable plight if we don’t change our relationship with plastic. a kindred spirit indeed. watch highlights from moore’s talk. and then read more in his book, Plastic Ocean, available here.

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