After launching the Method Refill Brigade® in 2011, environmentally conscious household cleaner products company Method Home, along with upcycler/recycler TerraCycle, Inc., has 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 nonrecyclable 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,” says 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 says 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.
Says TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky, “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. 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.”
Participation in the Method Packaging Brigade is free, and all shipping costs are paid.