transparency

we believe in authenticity and in empowering our advocates to make fully informed decisions about the products they choose. so we disclose the ingredients in our products, the processes we use to make them and the practices and values of method as a company.

material assessment

every ingredient used in a method product is comprehensively evaluated by an independent environmental research institute, MBDC. as a result of this rigorous material research process, we can be completely certain of the health and environmental safety of all method products.

certification

all of our core products are Cradle to Cradle certified, and more than 75% meet gold level certification. this means a team of scientists at C2C Institute have rigorously assessed all ingredients, packaging materials and design, processes, making sure that we’ve designed for maximum material reutilization.

ingredients

we’re not all about appearances. what’s inside counts, too. find out what goes in our method bottles.
ingredient what it does environmental + health summary learn more
aloe barbadensis extract moisturizer biodegrades readily; sourced from aloe vera plants
amylase cleaning enzyme biodegrades readily; naturally derived
annatto extract colorant biodegradable; + not accumulative in the environment; derived from the seed of the annatto plant free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
acrylate polymer thickener low biodegradation but not accumulative or toxic in the environment; made from synthetic materials; not irritating to skin or eyes
alginic acid holds tablet together biodegrades readily; naturally derived
benzisothiazolinone preservative – prevents bacterial growth inherently biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; low skin + eye irritation
benzyl alchohol preservative – prevents bacterial growth inherently biodegradable; made from synthetic materials; low skin + eye irritation
blue 1 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
calcium chloride stabilizer readily disperses in environment; derived from abundant mineral sources
canola-amidoethyl hydroxyethylammonium methyl sulfate, propylene glycol softening + anti-static agent biodegrades readily; derived from canola oil; not irritating to skin

formulation

we follow the precautionary principle: if there’s a chance an ingredient isn’t safe, we don’t use it. period.

health + eco screening

we use the precautionary principle, meaning that if there’s a chance that an ingredient isn’t safe, we don’t use it.

the dirty ingredient list

method chooses never to use dirty, conventional cleaning ingredients, like phosphates or bleach, in our formulas.

3rd party assessment

all method ingredients are rigorously evaluated by an independent material research agency for health and environmental safety.

the highest standard

Cradle to Cradle® is our mantra for the design of safe, green products.

smart science

our formulators use advanced green chemistry technologies to create powerful and safe formulations.

external validation

the world’s first line of cleaning products to be Cradle to Cradle® certified for their responsible manufacturing, green package design and safe + effective formulation.

fragrances

we take pride in developing delightful fragrances that are easy on your nose.

people friendly + planet friendly

in a world where cleaning products smell at best bland and boring, and at worst noxious and offensive (fake pine, anyone?), we take pride in making products that smell great. so we make sure that we put the right attention into developing fragrances that don’t pose a threat to people and the environment.

the dirty ingredient list

our front-end design screen is known as the dirty fragrance ingredients list. it is an array of materials that are frequently used to make conventional fragrances, like phthalates, but that we specify never be used in method’s fragrances.

3rd party assessment

all method fragrance ingredients are reviewed by our greenskeeping and toxicology groups. additionally, all of our finished products are clinically tested for irritation and allergy concerns.

colorants

we believe vibrant colors make cleaning more fun, so we use colorants that are safe for people + the planet.

vibrant color

vibrant color is a pillar of great design. we believe sustainability should be beautiful, lively and appealing. so we design our products that way. we do this by using safe, environmentally compatible colorants that are effective at ultra-low concentrations, that are non-toxic and will not accumulate in the environment.

responsible colorants

we use only colorants that are safe for people and the environment. some are made from natural materials, but the majority of the most effective ones are made synthetically. in either case, we find the safe ones by partnering with our colorant suppliers to complete detailed health + environmental material assessments.

ingredient
what it does
environmental + health summary
learn more
annatto extract colorant biodegradable; + not accumulative in the environment; derived from the seed of the annatto plant free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
external violet 2 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
blue 1 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
green 5 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
yellow 5 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
yellow 10 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
red 4 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
red 33 colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric blue colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric yellow colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric red colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric orange colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric pink colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
polymeric green colorant ultimately degradable + not accumulative in the environment; made from synthetic materials free of heavy metals or other dirty ingredients
updated 09/20/14

preservatives

effective, safe + biodegradable. our preservatives are necessary for a clean you can count on.

effective

method formulas are predominantly made from naturally derived ingredients, so effective preservatives are required to keep them from spoiling and to maintain their effectiveness and safety over time. by choosing effective preservatives, we can use them at ultra-low concentrations (under 0.1% for most of our cleaners).

comprehensive assessment

all of the preservatives used in method products have been comprehensively assessed by the material scientists at MBDC, so we can be certain of their full health + environmental profile. this research allows us to be sure that our formulations remain non-toxic and biodegradable.

biodegradable

all of our core products are Cradle to Cradle certified. more than 75% of our portfolio is certified at the gold level, and the remaining products are certified silver.

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