Enter Method's dish and hand soap ($5, Whole Foods), which is packaged in a blend of recovered ocean plastic and postconsumer recycled plastic. Over the past year and a half, Method employees joined cleanup groups to hand-collect plastic from beaches in Hawaii — more than a ton in total. From there, the recovered plastic was recycled into the bottles that hold the soap. (It smells fresh, by the way.) Will soap bottles alone save the planet? No, but they can move people to reuse and recycle. And since the first step toward a cleaner ocean is keeping plastic out of it, that seems like a good place to start.
One of my favorite green (and local) companies, Method, has just debuted a new line of laundry detergents. Available in Fresh Air, Peony Blossom, and Free + Clear scents, the detergent's ultraconcentrated formula allows for a much smaller container, 50 percent of it being from recycled plastic. The detergent is made using 95 percent natural and renewable ingredients and is biodegradable and nontoxic.I also love that you don't pour this detergent — you pump it! This eliminates a lot of the mess and gunk associated with bottles of detergent, and the new Method bottle is small enough to fit in one hand, making it perfect for those who make the trek to the laundromat or live in smaller spaces. Even cooler? This detergent is world's first Cradle to Cradle-certified laundry detergent, and it's also recognized by the US EPA's DfE program for its safer chemistry.
Interested in trying this new detergent? You can print out a $2 coupon to make the Method laundry detergent that more tempting. I'll also be testing the detergent soon and will get back to you with my impression of this new product.
While I usually clean my bathroom (or, ahem, I should say, my husband cleans the bathroom) with vinegar, baking soda, and Bon Ami, I decided it was time for a switch. And to be completely honest, this switch was pressured by the hubz's complaints about the overwhelming vinegar smell in our small bathroom space during cleaning. And I agree, it's definitely a pungent scent. So, when Method sent over some cleaning products for me to test, I immediately grabbed the bathroom products. I started off testing Le Scrub ($6), a mild abrasive cleanser.
I needed to use the Le Scrub because I'd dyed a silk dress in a bucket, which I'd placed in the bathtub. And when I poured the dye water out, the tub was stained with the fuchsia dye. It looked positively crime scene-like in our porcelain tub, since the bottom and sides of the tub were stained and speckled a reddish pink. The hubz was not pleased. "Great, we have a pink tub," he groused.
Thus, the dye situation led me to put the Le Scrub to a stringent test. To see how it did, read more
Method never ceases to impress me with its well-designed, eco-friendly products. I've been waiting to see what it had in store for us this holiday season and I'm charmed now that I have. Method's new Potpourri Ornament ($10) is a tin ornament filled with compostable wooden beads. You can reuse the ornament for years to come after the beads have lost their scent. The ornament is available with a Spiced Pear or Winter Berry scent. If it smells as good as it looks, I'm sold. The scent of Christmas trees is so festive, though, that I'd probably hang this ornament elsewhere in the house. What do you think?
Add some Method to your madness at bath-time. Bathing babe is a chore in itself, so no mama wants the added worry of toxins floating in their tub. Method's Squeaky Green line is chemical free so you can lather up your lil ones with the hair and body wash ($7) that is made from ingredients including rice milk and mallow. The bubble top works well for traveling tots as it can be used as a rinse cup. The 99 percent natural line also includes, 3-in-1 shampoo ($7) that is a body wash, shampoo and conditioner. The fuzzy peach scented potion comes bottled up in a squeezable bath-time buddy.
While Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home ($16.95, Chronicle Books) won't be released until April 1, it's so perfect for this month's theme that I had to tell you about it.
Written by Method founders Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry, the book comes in a hardcover binder format, with seven organizational tabs for each section of your home, from living rooms to bedrooms to bathrooms to pets.The introduction, from green guru Danny Seo, notes that, "Method's cleaning products are nontoxic solutions that really work and smell great and the packaging is, well, sexy. Yes, sexy."
I definitely agree that Method's design-savvy green products have been a main reason that many people have converted to green cleaning, and this introduction of sleek design to formerly homely/hippie green products has helped to mainstream the trend. But Method's much more than a pretty face, as reflected in the pages of this book. Squeaky Green is chock full of excellent advice on how to clean your home thoroughly with green products. Some of the facts are just plain shocking: Did you know that there's beef fat in fabric softeners and dryer sheets (see page 114)? Or that women who work at home have much higher cancer rates than those who don't, most likely due to conventional cleaning products (see page 47)? This book offers both startling facts and easy solutions to making sure that your home is squeaky clean and green. You can order an advance copy here.
Since I've been chatting with you this month about ways to clean green, I knew you'd also be interested in hearing from Method's co-founders Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry, who recently gave an in-depth interview to one of my favorite green websites, Grist. In the interview, they discuss their new book Squeaky Green, their newest product (toilet bowl cleaner!), and ways that Method has brought green cleaners into the mainstream.
One of my favorite answers in the interview is when Grist asks the duo what most surprised people about conventional cleaners; Ryan responds, "The light bulb goes off the most [with] things that seem so obvious but you never stop to think about it. [Like] the idea that you clean your tub with toxic cleaner, but then you soak in it afterward." Now that's something to think about. Read the whole interview here.
By an overwhelming majority, you chose Method as your favorite household cleaning product. Mrs. Meyers came in as a distant second, and a surprising number of you also mix up your own cleaning products. At my house, I use a mix of products, including homemade, Method, Mrs. Meyers, and I'm also test driving the new Clorox green products. (I'll have a review of that last one to you soon!)
This Method butterfly was made from recycled Method products by 7-year-old Veronica Judson in North Carolina!
Now that the Anya Hindmarch "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" craze has died down, there's yet another eco-chic bag to take its place. Method's Plastic Bag Rehab is perfect for stashing your groceries or laundry. It's a bit brighter than Anya's but has a similar Boogie Nights-esque writing font. Plus, it has its own tiny interior pocket so you can fold it when not using.
If you want one, go here and download a mail-in form. You must purchase $20 or more of any Method product either at a retailer or online. Once you do, save your receipt and mail it to the address on the form. This offer is good from October through December, and while supplies last.
Thanks to our generous friends over at method, we've been hosting a series of sweet giveaways over the past four weeks, wherein every week, one lucky CasaSugar reader wins a set of method eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products. Well, last week was our final method giveaway, for an Air Care Gift Set worth $54. Congratulations to SGDish, who will get a great selection of scented goodies and air-freshening products.
Thanks again to method for all the great prizes, and stay tuned for more CasaSugar giveaways in the coming weeks!