Sell Cleaning Supplies in Refillable Containers

Target: Andrew Fraser, CEO of Method Products, Inc.

Goal: Reduce plastic waste by distributing Method products out of dispensaries.

Method household products have set high standards in the cleaning supply industry. Their ingredients are nontoxic, natural and biodegradable. The company attempts to reduce its carbon footprint by creating innovative packaging designs that require less plastic. But what if it didn’t need to use packaging anymore? As one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States, Method needs to pioneer the way for others in the industry by allowing customers to refill their containers and reduce plastic waste.

On its website, Method states that it makes “biodegradable products that clean like heck, smell like heaven and leave nothing nasty in their wake”—except tons of plastic waste. Method’s product containers will either end up in landfills or at best recycled, both of which are toxic for the planet. Landfills and bodies of water are filled with plastic waste and the process of recycling plastic produces toxic air and water pollution. The most eco-friendly solution is to require customers to use as little plastic as possible.

If opportunities exist in which a company can eliminate plastic waste, which they do, companies should take advantage of those opportunities—especially companies that are as concerned with its carbon footprint as Method. To be more environmentally conscious, Method household products should be sold in containers that customers can refill at Method product dispensary stations in grocery stores. Customers would simply bring their refillable container to the store, fill them up at the station, and pay on their way out. This would eliminate the waste and pollution created by using recycled plastic bottles for every product.

Eco-conscious companies like Method need to do everything they possibly can to show other, less conscious corporations what they should be striving for. By not selling its products out of dispensaries, Method is missing out on a valuable opportunity to be the leader in sustainable business practices—and more importantly, it’s polluting the planet. Tell Andrew Fraser you want to see plastic waste eliminated by having Method household product dispensaries in grocery stores.


Dear Andrew Fraser,

Method household products are setting an example for other household supply manufacturers to be more conscious about their cleaning product formulas. But even though your household supplies use eco-friendly ingredients, they don’t come in eco-friendly containers. The plastic containers your products are sold in can be recycled, but the recycling process requires plastic to be melted. This releases harmful toxins into the atmosphere, soil and water. And that’s if they’re recycled, rather than just thrown in the trash.

In order to be as eco-friendly as possible, you should sell your products out of dispensaries in grocery stores. Customers would bring their reusable bottles to the store, refill them, and pay on their way out. Simple and sustainable. By not selling your products out of dispensaries, you’re missing a valuable opportunity to raise awareness about sustainable business practices. We urge you to begin selling your products out of dispensaries.


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