The volume of plastic waste making its way into our Oceans is one of the greatest concerns for wildlife and sea life conservationists, and despite carrier bag levies, bans and advances in plastic recycling, the Pacific Ocean ‘garbage patch’ is said to weigh several million tons and be the size of Texas.
Our governments and environmental groups will have us believe that carrier bag taxes are the way forward in reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, but one International, environmentally-conscious cleaning product company, Method, is taking matters into their own hands.
Making the world’s first Ocean plastic bottles from a blend of plastic waste recovered from the Pacific Ocean and post-consumer recycled materials, Method has released their limited edition packaging to coincide with a new product launch ‘two-in-one hand and dish soap.’
Proving the businesses can tackle environmental problems without the pressure of levies and taxes set by Ministers, Method employees worked together with local volunteers and the Kokua Foundation in Hawaii, to hand collect several tones of ocean plastic from the beaches, which they then mixed with post-consumer recycled plastics to create their unique gray resin soap bottles.
Method claims their new Ocean Plastic bottles are the same quality as virgin high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottles, with co-founder Adam Lowry stating, “Our goal with ocean plastic packaging is to show that the most viable solution to our plastic pollution problem is using the plastic that’s already on the planet. Method’s ocean plastic bottle demonstrates in the extreme that recycling is possible.”
Nearly all of Method’s existing plastic packaging is made up of recycled materials, and these new bottles just go to show that innovative use of recovered ocean plastic waste, can transform one of the world’s greatest plastic problems into something very positive, and very useful.