Inspiration Projects

Method: Making Bottles from Recovered Ocean Plastic

Maker: Method

Challenge: “It’s estimated that several million tons of plastic makes its way into our oceans every year, polluting the environment and hurting our marine populations. and the problem isn’t going away anytime soon as more plastic washes up on beaches everyday.”

Solution: “With the help of local beach clean-up groups and volunteers, Method has collected more than a ton of plastic from the beaches of Hawai’i. and working with our recycling partner, Envision Plastics, who were willing to take a chance on making the impossible possible, we’ve taken plastic from the beach and turned it into bottles.”

Results: “Through this new + innovative use of recovered ocean plastic, we hope to show how design can be used to tackle environmental problems. we’re not saying that the solution to the ocean plastic problem is making bottles out of trash, but by doing so we can prove that there are alternatives to using virgin materials—like PCR plastic, which we use in all of our bottles. by recycling + reusing existing plastic, we can turn off the tap. and that is the first, most important step toward improving the state of our oceans.”

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