method leads the industry in the use of 100% recycled plastic in our cleaning and hand wash bottles. this results in a brilliantly green trifecta: less waste in landfills, less energy needed to make the resin (70% less than virgin!) and beautiful bottles.
closed loop packaging is our ultimate goal. so we have rigorously researched recycling systems across North America to fully understand which plastics + packaging materials actually get recycled and we design our bottles to be compatible with these whenever possible.
we work with our packaging engineers to ensure that we only use the amount of plastic and other materials that are needed. following the cradle to cradle philosophy, we design packaging for maximum material reutilization.
we use recycled plastic to reduce the footprint of our products and incentivize recycling.
all of method's 1-PET plastic bottles, including our hand wash, washing-up liquid and spray cleaners, are made from 100% PCR (post-consumer resin for those in the know). PCR has about a 70% lower carbon footprint than using virgin plastic.
our 2-HDPE bottles range from 25% PCR in our toilet cleaners to 50% PCR in our 8x laundry detergent.
method primarily uses plastics 1 and 2 and designs all packaging for maximum recycled content, material efficiency and recyclability.
|polyester terephthalate||high density polyethylene||low density polyethylene||polypropylene||mixed sources|
|widely recycled||widely recycled||compatible with HDPE recycling stream||recycled at some facilities||not widely accepted by municipal recyclers|
|made of 100% recycled plastic||made of 100% recycled plastic||n/a||n/a||made from multiple sources, typically virgin plastic|
NOTE: plastic 3 (PVC) is a dirty packaging material that method does not use. plastic 6 (polystyrene) is best avoided in rigid packaging due to its lack of recyclability.
plastics make up almost 13% of the municipal solid waste generated, and the largest plastic waste contributors are containers and packaging. while we design our packaging to be as green as possible, we’re always looking for additional ways to lessen our environmental impact. our easy-to-use refill pouches for hand wash, laundry detergent and washing-up liquid offer about an 80% water, energy and plastic savings compared to using a bottle. plus, our pouches help save you moneynot to mention trips to the store to grab more of your fave method products. shop method refills