When Ocean and Plastic Collide

Our vacations typically involve the ocean.

Last summer we took the girls to Monterey, California.

In January the husband and I went to Kauai for our 30th birthdays / 5 year anniversary.

This summer we headed to Santa Cruz, California where we combined vacation with homeschooling.

Needless to say, I love the ocean.

The calming of the waves, the feel of sand between my toes…

The fact that you will never touch the same drop of ocean water twice because it is so large (or so I’ve been told).

Unfortunately the ocean isn’t perfect.

And that’s our fault.

Several million tons of plastic pollute our ocean waters every year.

According to the Marine Debris factsheet provided by the EPA “many types of animals, like seals, sea turtles, birds, fish, and crabs, can be wounded, strangled, or unable to swim if they consume or become entangled in marine debris” and “marine animals can swallow marine debris causing suffocation or starvation”.

This makes me sad. I want our earth’s resources protected. Our waters to be clean from pollution and the species living in our oceans to be safe.

While I’m trying to do my part by recycling, not littering, and picking up trash where I can there are others such as method who are doing more.

method employees combined with local beach clean-up groups and volunteers have hand collected over a ton of plastic from the beaches of Hawaii.

That plastic is then used to make the ocean plastic dish + hand soap bottles.

Pretty cool, right?

Instead of using virgin materials they are reusing garbage from the ocean and helping to clean up the beaches.

Plus the scents of Sea Minerals and Sweet Water…oh my nose!

They are delightful.

So thank you method for doing more to save our oceans and our earth. I applaud you.

To buy the ocean plastic dish + hand soaps you can go to your local Whole Foods or shop online at methodhome.com. (I’ve already scouted the Whole Foods in Reno and can verify they have the soaps on the shelf).

To learn what you can do to help protect our oceans visit the EPA’s website.

And a video from method: From Beach to Bottle

You can take the Ocean Plastic pledge on method’s Facebook page for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Whole Foods.

Be sure to follow method on Twitter at @methodtweet and like method’s Facebook page to stay up to date with all their other happenings.

Note…I was provided with method products and I received compensation for this post as a method maven but all opinions are my own. 

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30 Responses to When Ocean and Plastic Collide

  1. Oh, I love this, Jess…this being green and informing us of how we all can do our part. And your pictures are stunning!!
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  2. Kimberly says:

    What an eye opener. I love that more and more products are going green.
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  3. Kate P.
    Twitter: katepantier

    WOW, that is VERY cool!!! I love it when I hear of people thinking outside of the box, that idea is brilliant!

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

    And I’m with you, I’m a total beach person.
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  4. Aleta says:

    Oh wow! I’ve never heard of Ocean Plastic before. Thank you for sharing this.
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  5. Shell says:

    I love the ocean. Never heard of this from Method before!
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  6. Susi
    Twitter: bocafrau

    I am an ocean lover too and am glad to be living so close to one. It’s sad to see what we are doing to nature… is it any wonder it strikes back from time to time? I love that this is being done and we can help a little by buying these products. It’s nice to be green!!!
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  7. Eve
    Twitter: EverythingEvie

    Love method products…and the ocean!
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  8. angela says:

    This is so important, and I love that method is working to both clean up the ocean and working to lessen the new materials they have to use in their packaging!
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  9. erin margolin
    Twitter: erinmargolin

    I LOVE THIS and I have been using Method products for a long time… I also went to the beach for our last vacation and spent my own afternoon cleaning up trash (lots of plastic) that was on the shoreline, not even from IN THE WATER. Sad. I posted about it and did a vlog showing what I’d collected. So sad. But I love what they’re doing and this is awesome!!!
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    • Jessica Torres says:

      It is sad that people leave their trash behind, not caring what it does to our world. We always pick up trash we find in the water and along the shores when we are out.

  10. Mrs. Weber
    Twitter: laurenweber84

    As if I needed another reason to love method products! :) In all seriousness, I have a passion for sea turtles, so this makes me So happy to hear. I only wish more companies would think of great concepts like this.
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  11. Tonya says:

    I love the ocean and living near the beach. Bravo to method for their efforts!! :)

    P.S. Loving the new look over here.
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  12. My Inner Chick
    Twitter: krrobi

    —Everything you do is wonderfully teachable. I love. x
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  13. I’ve always loved their products but I didn’t realize just how green Method is. Thanks for sharing!!
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  14. Bridget
    Twitter: Twinisms

    I’ve recently started using these products – because of your posts. I can’t wait to try and find these up here!
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