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Our Values

By facilitating businesses to be more efficient with separating recyclables and compostables at the source, we are helping divert millions of kilograms of waste from landfill each year.

Sustainability is at the core of our business values and practices. Every product, process and idea is carefully considered to minimise our environmental impact. Further, we are constantly researching and developing our business practices and pride ourselves on clear and open communication around these.

Made in New Zealand

Making our products in New Zealand is important to us. It gives us control over the type of energy used during production, the quality of materials and production processes used. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly popular for organisations to produce their products in developing countries due to lower wages and employment standards. Manufacturing in New Zealand we know the bins are produced ethically from start to finish.

New Zealand is one of the lowest carbon emitting electricity generators in the world. As such, approximately 80% of our countries electricity is created from renewable resources such as wind turbines, hydropower and geothermal power. Keeping production in New Zealand means peace of mind that our products are being made with a low carbon footprint.

Method Recyclable Packaging
Our Products

Our bins are made from polypropylene, the bin bases are made from at least 50% recycled polypropylene and are fully recyclable at the end of their life. The introduction of at least 50% recycled materials is a small step in our long journey to continuously improve the sustainability of our products. At this stage, there aren't sufficient quantities of recycled materials to increase the percentage used while maintaining the quality and durability of the bins. The strength and durability of the bins are important factors in selecting materials as we believe the lifespan of a product is incredibly important.

Method understands the importance of product stewardship and our responsibility in contributing towards a circular economy and we have an internal Sustainability Team who are continuously researching and improving the way we make our bins.

Freight + Exporting

Currently we produce all of our products in New Zealand, however, in the future, we may look to manufacture in other regions where we sell Method bins (such as Australia and the UK). Because of this, we take every care to reduce the impact this has on the environment. We sea freight most of our products, as this has a considerably smaller carbon footprint than air freight.

Exporting is an important consideration for our business, but we have seen the visible difference our bins can make. We firmly believe the difference made during the life of a Method Bin outweighs the initial burden of shipping. For example, Westpac New Zealand reduced their waste to landfill from 70% to 30%, and are aiming to reach 20% next year. For an organisation of their size, over the lifetime of the bins, this is an incredible reduction of environmental pressure.

Our Packaging

Our bin packaging is good looking and environmentally friendly. As with all of the other products we produce great consideration was put into designing our recyclable bin packaging. It even won an award at the 2015 Design Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards and is Forest Stewardship Council certified.

Method boxes are made from 100% recycled card, can be recycled when no longer needed, and are attached with paper tape – the most sustainable option.

We understand how frustrating it is to receive products with impractical or excessive packaging materials and so we made ours minimalist given the size of the product, easily recyclable and beautiful.

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