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Made in Chicagoland: Method’s new South Side factory saves energy, employs …

Made in Chicagoland: Method’s new South Side factory saves energy, employs …
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CHICAGO (WLS) –

You may have this product somewhere in your house right now. Method cleaning supplies are made right here in Chicagoland in a place nicknamed the “The South Side Soapbox.”

The colorful, eye-catching dish and hand soap, all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent can be found on store shelves like Target, Lowes and Home Depot.

Method is engineered, mixed, filled and distributed all from a new concrete plant on Chicago’s South Side.

Inside on a production line, bottles made here are fed into a hopper. After being sorted, they’re labeled. And then one by one, each bottle is filled with the Method product.

After an inspection, the bottles are boxed for distribution.

The motto around here is “People Against Dirty,” which is certainly fitting for their products. But there’s more to it than that.

“It’s the first LEED Platinum manufacturing facility in our industry,” said Andy Ondracek, senior director of manufacturing and supply chain.

Environmentally conscious, 40 percent of the plant’s power is generated on-site with a 230-foot wind turbine and so-called “solar trees,” or panels in the parking lot that rotate every 6 minutes to face the sun.

“We use an extensive amount of skylights and south facing windows, which really reduce the need for artificial lighting,” Ondracek said.

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How to clean your home like a world-class boss
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Cleaning is the most daunting thing to some people, whereas other people gaily chirp that they “clean to relieve stress.” Forget those weirdos, and take the intimidation factor out of cleaning. You can do it, and here’s how.

Spring cleaning. It was understandable that the beginning of good weather was the time for old Victorian homes to finally open their windows and send some servants to beat out the hall rug in the sunshine. But just when we want to get outside and stop doing boring things in our home, suddenly we feel like we have to…what, spend a Saturday covering ourselves with dirt and making gross discoveries behind our fridges?!

Yes and no. The bad news is that you should be doing this way more often than once a year. But the good news is that there’s a way to make it less awful: doing more maintenance in between deep cleans! OK OK, that’s not the good news you were looking for, but listen. It’s not as bad as you think.

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Entrepreneurs Go Head-to-Head in ‘Shark Tank Your Life’ Spring-Cleaning Edition

Entrepreneurs Go Head-to-Head in ‘Shark Tank Your Life’ Spring-Cleaning Edition
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10 tips for raising a Zero Waste baby
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Here are some practical ideas for how to ditch the disposables.

Welcoming a new baby into your family does not have to mean that you’ll be hauling extra bags of trash out to the curb each week. In fact, a newborn can be incorporated fairly easily into a Zero Waste lifestyle, or at least one that tries to minimize household waste.

Many websites offering advice on how to raise a ‘green baby’ urge new parents to purchase clothes and diapers made of natural fibers, exclusively organic formula and food, non-toxic skincare products, non-plastic toys, etc. All of these are valuable suggestions, but they can be extremely expensive, while doing nothing to address the serious issue of how much waste North American families create. A truly green baby, by contrast, is the one whose lifestyle is least consumerist and most minimalist, whose parents don’t go out and stock up on a mountain of unnecessary new items in order to get it through the first year of life.

Having had two children, with a third due to arrive any day, all of the following suggestions are things I’ve thought much about and implemented in my own life. The result has been mi…………… continues on Treehugger

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Six spring cleaning tips for weight loss

Six spring cleaning tips for weight loss
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When you’re faced with spring cleaning, do you find yourself going wrist-deep into a bag of chips? If half of your closet is sprinkled around your room or your dining room resembles a mail-sorting facility, then your weight loss goals could be suffering from clutter-fueled stress eating and junk-food cop-outs.

“When you can’t find your car keys, it stresses you out; when you can’t locate any item that you know you own, it frustrates you,” said Peter Walsh, organizational expert and author of the new book, “Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down.” And when your environment and mood are out of sorts, it can be harder for your body to stay slim. In fact, a recent Yale study found the stress hormone cortisol may contribute to central (read: belly) fat, and discovered a link between stress and an increased risk of disease.

For “Lose the Clutter,” Walsh ran a test-panel with 25 people who had both clutter and weight issues. The six-week test involved a de-cluttering and organizing assignment, an exercise program, a food plan and a mindfulness practice. The results? Participants lost an average of 10 pounds and reduced their average waist size by 3 inches and their average hip size by 2.5 inches.

Ready to clean up your act? Walsh’s expert de-cluttering tips can help you clean up your home, cut back on stress eating and gain t…………… continues on The Olympian

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Spring cleaning: Everybody has to do it, but who among us really looks forward to it?

From purging items that are no longer useful to priming your laundry strategy for the freshest linens possible, the following tips from lifestyle experts will help streamline the spring cleaning experience into an easy weekend event.

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“Take a step back and look at the big picture,” Abby Larson, founder and editor of Style Me Pretty Living, told ABC News. “Assess the areas of your house that are constantly messy to see if you can find a way to solve each area. If you never put the

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