Monday, June 23, 2008

method smarty dish!

That Nathan! He's so lucky, why he's always got the latest method news! The sneak peeks! How does he do it? He must be given cart blanche to all of method's deep, dark secrets!

Well, no I'm not. It's hard work, folks! While I do have my connections (Yay to you!), really it's all about a lot of digging and hunting (not unlike pigs finding tasty truffles buried deep in the ground! Yeah, I thought that was a weird analogy, too. But just go with it.) I'm still working on my method privileg-ability! (I think it's going to require more sucking up. Hey, I'm up for that, more sucking up, coming up! That's a lot of ups!) Take this OH so sneak peek that Rider Thompson at Sustainable Is Good (oh Rider, how did you do it?) just posted, beating ole' method lust! Well, no matter how it got done, I'm excited! Because the dish cubes, they are'a back! Read on!

"A bit of exciting breaking news from San Francisco-based Method. The company is bringing back their popular dish cubes this fall in a newly designed and formulated product that is going to be better than ever.

An exact launch date is not known but Sustainable is Good Products has confirmed the popular dish cubes are coming back as a product named Method Smarty Dish.

The new dishwasher detergent doses, as Method calls them will be available in two formulations, Pink Grapefruit (like before) and Go Naked (free of dyes and perfumes).

Smarty Dish will resemble their previous incarnation in concept but not in shape. The new products are more tablet like in shape - allowing them to fit all standard sized dishwasher dispensers without any trouble.

We've been testing some samples of both the new Pink Grapefruit and Go Naked Smarty Dish this past week and we LOVE THEM!

They contain no toxic chemicals, no bleach, no phosphates just naturally derived biodegradable ingredients. They come in pre-measured doses or tabs so they are ultra convenient - plus you're never using too much dishwasher detergent which eliminates unnecessary waste.

The Pink Grapefruit scent is pleasant , not over powering like some dishwasher detergents we've tested in the past. The scent provides a subtle citrus scent while the dish washer is running - very nice. And the Go Naked version is obviously fragrance free for those who prefer a scentless option.

Cleaning: no dishwasher detergent can be good if it doesn't do a solid job at its primary task of cleaning. Smarty Dish does an excellent job.

In our tests both the Pink Grapefruit and Go Naked versions left our dishes clean and our glasses streak free. We were highly impressed.

Method is taking an admirable and very smart step by bringing back their dishwasher detergent.

There is increased attention on the harmfulness of phosphates which many conventional dishwashing products contain. They cause major problems with algae overgrowth in waterways which has devastating effects on fish and plants. Washington state just passed a bill banning phosphates in dish detergent by 2010 and other states are likely to follow.

What Does it Look Like, How Much and Where Can I Get it?
The packaging for the new Smarty Dish is cube shaped which is going to make for easy effective storage. The packaging is made from 25% recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable itself.

The products themselves are oval tablet shaped doses the Pink Grapefruit is light pink in color and the Go Naked is mostly white with a faint yellow color to it.

A cube of 20 Smarty Dish doses will retail for $6 US - though like a lot of Method products we expect them to be available for less at major retailers like Target.

Smarty Dish will debut this Fall so keep your eyes out for them, they're a real winner."

OH man, he's been testing samples... That's fine, that's fine. Uhm, excuse me while I go cry in the corner for a little bit, ok? (Who do you know, Rider? WHO?! Ha ha!)

Alright, all done! Man, I wish they'd brought back the lavender ones, I loved those. But no matter what, dish cubes are back, baby!


Netta said...

can't wait to try the packaging.

melanemac said...

Woo-hoo (as I hear the dishwasher running in the background)! I do really hope the promise of a changed formula is true. When we moved to Florida two years ago, we were very excited to be able to purchase Method dish cubes since we now had a dishwasher! But unfortunately, the water down here and the dish cubes combined didn't work very well.

I look forward to trying the new ones when they come out!

steve parker said...

i saw this article this morning on SIG at 5 am before i left for work. the first thing i thought was "Nathan's gonna flip when he reads this!" then i thought, "yay, dish cubes are back." i've missed the dish cubes. and the new name is so fun!

steve parker said...

just a side thought, but i hope those are labels on the containers that can be removed (as apposed to the text being printed on the container itself). if so, they can be used for cotton balls and such in my bathroom! (i love reusing stuff like this. i peal the labels off method spray bottles and use them for my homemade cleaners and such.)

Jen said...


Karin said...

i *heart* the design.

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