Packaging World Features Method’s “South Side Soapbox”

Being the world’s first and only LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing plant to produce consumer products, Method is proud of their “South Side Soapbox” which was built on the historic Pullman site in Chicago. Highlighted by Jim Butschli, Features Editor of, the facility was designed by William McDonough + Partners and with impressive features including: a wind turbine, solar panel installations, a rooftop garden and an in-house bottle molding facility run by Amcor Rigid Plastics.

Method Factory Chicago
Method’s new manufacturing home, designed by William McDonough + Partners (source).

Shannon McCann, Production Manager for Method described why they choose the historic Pullman location of Chicago as opposed to many others: “… those from the Pullman community were the most welcoming and appreciative of the social, economic, and environmental benefits we could provide.”  The site has reduced the need for around 600 trucks of bottle freight, which translates to elimination of 200 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Between the bottle molding, filling, labeling and capping, Method makes sure that what they’re selling is environmentally sound, as well as having a look that people would want to set on their counters rather than sticking it under the sink with other cleaning supplies.

The company’s slogan “made by and for people against dirty.” Between colorful banners and the natural sunlight, employees work in a joyful environment and are happy to be a part of the movement.

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