CSCMP CHICAGO presents:
Method Products “South Side Soapbox”
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Please join us for an exciting opportunity to tour Method Products “South Side Soapbox”. Method Products, PBC, the leader in planet-friendly household, fabric, and personal care products, officially opened the doors of its ‘South Side Soapbox’ factory April 28, 2015 in the Pullman Park district of Chicago. The Soapbox is the first LEED-platinum certified factory in its industry.
A significant milestone for People Against Dirty, the organization formed by the Method and Ecover brands after they joined forces in 2012, the Soapbox serves as an example of what it means to ‘fight against dirty’ by creating a first-in-class sustainable factory; replenishing regional ecosystems; and providing jobs and opportunities for community residents. The 150,000 square foot facility includes product manufacturing, bottle production, warehousing and distribution.
Designed to use less energy while functioning with the highest levels of efficiency, half of the facility’s annual electrical needs are produced by an on-site refurbished wind turbine and solar energy trees. Renewable energy credit purchase provides the balance for the facility to operate on 100 percent renewable energy in its first two years. Additional energy conservation features include a 1,520 square foot succulent green roof covering the entry walkway; light-reflecting concrete and rooftop; warehouse and distribution center skylights and a 120-gallon solar powered water heating system.
As part of the brand’s commitment to sustainability, the Soapbox will use recycled and local materials whenever possible with at least 20 percent of materials inside the factory originating from within 500 miles of where the Soapbox stands. With a zero-landfill goal, almost everything entering the factory will be used in products, recycled or composted.
Gotham Greens, a leader in urban farming, has partnered with Method to create the world’s largest rooftop greenhouse farm at the Soapbox. Designed, built and operated by Gotham Greens, the 75,000 square foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse facility will produce more than one million pounds of fresh, sustainably grown, pesticide-free produce annually for the local Chicago retail and restaurant market.
About Method Products, PBC:
Founded in 2000, Method is the pioneer of premium planet friendly and design driven home, fabric and personal care products. Formulated with naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients, Method cleaners put the hurt on dirt without doing harm to people, creatures or the planet. Today, Method can be found in more than 40,000 retail locations throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. In 2013, Method reincorporated as a public benefit corporation, codifying that its corporate governance meets the highest standard of social and environmental ethics. Method is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
9:20 am – 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am – 10:30 am Facility Tour
10:50 am – 11:00 am Registration
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Facility Tour
People Against Dirty Manufacturing, PBC
720 East 111th Street
Chicago, IL 60628
$15 student member
Space is limited for this event, so please register early for your preferred tour time. The capacity for each tour is thirty (30). No Walk-ins will be accepted for this event.
Note: Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your designated tour and review the following Visitor Brochure and Safety Guidelines prior to your visit:
Visitor Brochure and Safety Guidelines: Method Tour and Safety
Event Contact: Karli Mayher, Email: email@example.com
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