Belgium-based company Ecover, a manufacturer of green household cleaning products, has acquired San Francisco-based environmentally friendly cleaning product company, Method, making it the world’s largest green cleaning company.
According to Adam Lowry, who founded Method twelve years ago in his garage with Eric Ryan, “The partnership gives us greater scale and resources and a global platform for our supply chain and research and development.”
Ecover, founded in 1979, has 35 different products currently retailed across 40 countries. According to Ecover chief executive Philip Malmberg, the aquisition, “will not only create the world’s most dynamic and visionary green cleaning company but also establish a great platform for growth for both brands. By leveraging each other’s strengths, this partnership will support the elevation of the green cleaning category as a whole.”
Ecover has a bigger presence in Europe and Method has a stronger presence in the States. Method’s sales approached $100 million last year, with products sold in more than 40,000 retail stores in the US, Europe and Asia, including major chains like Target and Kroger.
Method announced earlier this summer that they will be utilizing plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch to use in a plastic soap bottle that will be released in November. Continue reading
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is slowly being chipped away at. First discovered in 1988, the patch is basically a giant floating mass of plastic debris. Surprisingly, it is not entirely comprised of bottles and bags, but instead billions of tiny pieces of plastic. It is located between California and Hawaii and the LA Times estimates that the giant clump of plastic waste is around twice the size of Texas.
Now however, there is finally some good news to report on the giant plastic mass. Environmentally friendly cleaning product company Method, is doing its part to try and make use of the discarded floating debris. They are utilizing plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch to use in a plastic soap bottle that will be released in November.
Per the Method blog:
“as a small soap company, we know we can’t clean up the world’s oceans. but we can raise awareness about the issue and use our business to demonstrate smart ways of using and reusing the plastics that are already on the planet.
we think the best way to do that is to prove that solutions exist, even at a small scale. later this year, we will be launching a product in the world’s first packaging made from a blend of PCR plastic and recovered ocean plastic. recovered from beaches by method employees, in fact.” Continue reading