San Francisco-based Method and New Jersey's TerraCycle expand Method Refill Brigade to recycle most packaging parts, such as pumps, triggers, refill pouches, regardless of brand; Cleaner Packaging Brigade to turn items into trash cans, coolers, home goods
May 22, 2012
– After launching the Method Refill Brigade in 2011, Method, the leading innovator in premium, environmentally-conscious household and personal care products, and upcycling/recycling pioneer TerraCycle, Inc. have now expanded the program to accept pumps, triggers, refill pouches and almost any cleaner product packaging, regardless of brand. Schools, offices, families or individuals can collect traditionally non-recyclable cleaner packaging and send it to TerraCycle to earn money for charity gifts and donations through the newly dubbed Cleaner Packaging Brigade. The collected packaging will be turned into trash cans, coolers and other home goods.
“Packaging sustainability is a core priority built into the design of every Method product,” said Adam Lowry, Method co-founder and Chief Greenskeeper. “In addition to the recyclable packaging we make from recycled materials, we want every part of a cleaning bottle to be used again, including parts that aren’t accepted by most recycling systems, like triggers and pumps. Our goal with this Brigade is to ultimately collect more triggers and pumps than we actually manufacture, which would substantially improve the packaging footprint of not only Method, but our competitors as well.”
Lowry said he believes that by expanding Method’s partnership with Terracycle to accept packaging from all cleaning product companies, they can work to reduce landfill waste and replace the use of virgin materials while saving energy and carbon emissions.
TerraCycle is the world’s leader in collecting difficult-to-recycle packaging and upcycling or recycling it into new products through its innovative processes, which have been independently rated as among the world’s most carbon-saving waste solutions. Through free recycling fundraisers called Brigade programs, TerraCycle and its sponsors pay money to charity when people send in their packaging. To date, TerraCycle and the 70,000 participating locations have kept more than 2 billion pieces of waste out of landfills and paid over $3 million to schools and non-profits.
“We are thrilled that Method chose to expand the Brigade to include all cleaner packaging and offer an end-of-life solution for the entire category,” said Tom Szaky, CEO, TerraCycle. “With effective, eco-friendly cleaners, post-consumer recycled plastic in its packaging, and a commitment to environmentally responsible business practices, Method deserves the iconic status it has achieved in the green cleaning and personal care space.” TerraCycle is making it simple for consumers to have a positive impact on the environment. Participation in the Method Packaging Brigade is free and all shipping costs are paid.
Founded in 2000, Method is the pioneer of premium planet-friendly and design-driven home, fabric and personal care products. Formulated with naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients, Method cleaners put the hurt on dirt without doing harm to people, creatures or the planet. Today, Method can be found in more than 40,000 retail locations throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Major national retailers include Target, Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers and Kroger. Method is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco, Calif..
TerraCycle, Inc. is an international upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, innovative products. Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with more than 30 major brands in the U.S. and around the world to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs, which are free fundraisers that pay for every piece of waste collected and returned.