Method make stylish recycling bins for offices that users love. The bins are designed and made in New Zealand. They have been called the 'Dyson' of office recycling.

Steven and India Korner are from design disciplines which drive the core values of Method. They provide beautiful products that work to make recycling a simple, stylish part of the modern office.

Keen to have their own business, the Korners bought Total Bins in 2011. Based in the Wairarapa and Wellington they travelled New Zealand in a van selling wheelie bins, bags and recycling labels to supermarkets, rest homes, holiday parks, schools and business - from bins for the Curly Tree Whitebait Company in Haast to bins placed in Auckland's retirement homes.

India and Steve were surprised at the poor quality of recycling solutions available for modern offices. They saw sophisticated corporate environments where the recycling system was an afterthought – in conflict with the aesthetic created by architects and designers. Ugly bins were hidden in cupboards or in the kitchen. Despite recycling at home, few made the transition to recycling at work although many companies prided themselves on being sustainable.

Steven harnessed his expertise in ergonomics and plastic design and got to work. A first class honours degree in engineering, and five years at Fisher and Paykel Healthcare leading a team designing award winning products, provided insight into the design and production process required to produce the perfect bin.

India drew on her experience in business and design. With a graphic design degree from Massey, she worked in commercial leasing at Colliers Auckland where she saw the beginning of a global move towards corporate sustainability and the creation of the New Zealand Green Building Council.

Steve and India at Method have spent three years designing the perfect office recycling bin; a beautiful, functional solution for recycling and rubbish, designed to simplify the process of recycling.

What or how does your business contribute to a more sustainable NZ?

Method Recycling aims to improve recycling in the corporate workspace, by understanding that design drives behavioural change and positive awareness.

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