green glossary

from b corporation to smart science, here’s how we define some commonly used terms around sustainability.
B CORPORATION:
a new form of corporation that explicitly includes social and environmental benefit in the charter of the company (meaning that “b corps” are both profit maximizing and benefit maximizing). method is a founding b corp and there are now 1000+ b corps in the U.S. all b corps have been evaluated, publicly scored and externally audited on their environmental, community, labor and governance practices. click here to see our score.
BIODEGRADABLE:
an ingredient or formula that will degrade into simple and benign components in the environment. method follows the highest technical standard for defining biodegradability, whereby at least 70% of organic ingredients break down within 28 days.
CARBON FOOTPRINT:
the full quantity of carbon consumed to produce a product, run a company or complete an activity. method measures our product and company footprints using internationally recognized methods and constantly seeks ways to reduce our footprint wherever we can.
CARBON OFFSET:
an investment that results in an external reduction of carbon emissions. carbon offsets can take forms such as planting trees, investing in renewable energy technologies, or otherwise reducing the quantity of carbon in the atmosphere, thereby reducing global warming.
CRADLE TO CRADLE®:
a design framework for making products that are safe for people and embody environmental benefit, outlined in the book of the same name by chemist Michael Braungart and architect Bill McDonough.
CRADLE TO CRADLE®-CERTIFIED:
Cradle to Cradle® certification is the highest bar for green product design, evaluating formulation safety, green packaging design and manufacturing processes responsibility. method has the world’s only line of Cradle to Cradle® certified cleaning products.
COMPOSTABLE:
a material that will break down to simple, benign components in composting conditions.
GREEN CHEMISTRY:
the domain of chemistry that encourages the efficient use of safe, renewable chemistry technologies to make products. method relies heavily on green chemistry advances to craft our formulations
NATURAL:
method defines a natural product as one where 100% of the functional ingredients (the ones that do the cleaning) come from plant-based, abundant mineral or water sources.
NATURALLY DERIVED:
an ingredient or formula made from renewable, plant-based materials, abundant minerals or water.
NON-TOXIC:
an ingredient or formula that will not cause an adverse health effect in normal or foreseeable use.
POWERGREEN® TECHNOLOGY:
cutting edge green chemistry that harnesses the strength of naturally derived, non-toxic ingredients to deliver surface-specific cleaning performance.
RECYCLABLE:
a packaging element or material that can be collected by municipal recycling programs and made into a new material/package.
RECYCLED PLASTIC:
plastic that has been diverted from a waste stream and made into something new (like a shiny method bottle). this includes both PCR (post-consumer recycled) and PIR (post-industrial recycled).
SMART SCIENCE:
the specific technologies or combination of ingredients that make each method product work. the smart science for each product is listed in each monograph.
SUSTAINABILITY:
the health, community, and environmental impact of our products.