Environmentally sound packaging is a goal for a great many companies and one company, Method
, has launched a new bottle that is made from a blend of plastic recovered from the ocean and post-consumer recycled
plastic. The new bottle is used for dish and hand soap, which can be purchased at Whole Foods stores. This is a good first step as it is estimated that plastic makes up 80 percent of floating marine debris. Marine life is drastically affected by this pollution, with over a million seabirds and 100,000 sharks estimate to be killed.
Method employees have been working with two organizations in Hawaii, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii
and Kokua Hawai'i Foundation
; to hand collect tons of plastic from Hawaii beaches. This plastic was then used by a company called Envision Plastics
who developed a new process to quickly clean, blend, and manufacture bottles that have the same characteristics of bottles made from virgin high density polyethylene plastic.
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