Awww, I love Method. And I recognize one of the founders in this video who was at the company press conference I attended in September!

A tour of Method’s SF HQ’s

I’ve had a company crush on Method ever since I came across a sleekly-designed bottle of their biodegradable hand soap at Target years ago (note: a company crush is like a celebrity crush, except better).

Not only does the SF-based company make eco-friendly and effective home cleaning and personal care products, but they also aim to make their operations as environmentally responsible as possible.

On Thursday, I attended a press event at Method’s headquarters, on the border of Chinatown, to see them unveil a new bottle made from ocean plastic litter and hear government officials discuss how Obama’s American Jobs Act can help small businesses like Method.

Check out my photos from the tour:

The company’s biodiesel delivery truck.

Keeping track of the competition…

SF Mayor Ed Lee proclaims Sept. 15 as “Method Day” in San Francisco.

L to R: Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, Method co-founder Adam Lowry, SF Mayor Ed Lee, Method co-founder Eric Ryan, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

The new Method bottle made of reclaimed ocean litter is on the left. The flakes and pellets in the two other bottles show the process of grinding and pelletizing the collected marine debris to make a new bottle.

We look at sustainability as a challenge to innovation — not a restriction to innovation.
Target: it’s complicated

Last week, Target was all over the news.

Apparently I’m not the only one who’s annoyed with navigating Target’s new grocery aisles when I all want is to buy Method and Seventh Generation cleaning products, picture frames and a bocce ball set (that’s a real shopping list, ladies and gents). The Wall Street Journal reports that Target’s recent emphasis on groceries and low prices may actually be alienating their core clientele and damaging their business in the long run.

While the retailer announced it would carry out new, transparent corporate social responsibility reporting (and I’ve always been impressed by their efforts to reduce product packaging when I’ve seen presentations from Target at recycling conferences), Target is under fire for donating to an extremist anti-gay organization.

Photo: Target stock photo