green glossary

B CORPORATION:
sometimes called a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), this type of company explicitly includes social and environmental benefit in its charter. this means B Corps are both profit-maximizing and benefit-maximizing—in short, they use business for good. method is a founding B Corp member and one of the first PBCs in the US. there are now 1000+ certified B corps worldwide. all B corps measure and report their social and environment impact against the B Impact Assessment. the results are then tallied to give a company an overall B Score (of which 80 is the absolute minimum). 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 amount of carbon it takes to produce and distribute method products. we measure our footprint annually and constantly seeks ways to reduce our carbon emissions wherever we can.

 

CARBON OFFSET:
an investment that results in an external reduction of carbon emissions. carbon offsets can take on multiple 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 provide environmental benefits as 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, sustainable packaging creation and responsible manufacturing processes. method is one of the world’s first lines of Cradle to Cradle®-certified cleaning products.

 

CRUELTY-FREE:
method is certified by Leaping Bunny and Cruelty Free International. we also share a collective mission with our sister brand, Ecover, to never test on animals—from whales to water fleas. for more info on how we stand with our animal friends, read our blog.

 

COMPOSTABLE:
a material that will break down to simple, benign components in municipal composting conditions.

 

DIRTY INGREDIENT:
method has a list of ingredients we don’t ever use because they are either very toxic, irritating to the skin, harmful to human health, dangerous for the environment or all of the above. for a partial list of dirty ingredients, click here.

 

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.

 

GREENSKEEPERS:
we have a group of scientists working hard to make our products as sustainable as possible. we call them our “greenskeepers.” they assess all of the ingredients in our formulations to make sure they are sourced responsibly and safe for people, pets + the planet. they also ensure our formulas are biodegradable and safe for waterways and marine life. they set standards for sustainability and constantly seek ways to make products that are both environmentally friendly and efficacious, so you can clean without compromise.

 

HYPOALLERGENIC:
this means an ingredient or product is relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. method clinically validates this claim with testing on typical people. it does not mean an ingredient or product will not cause any allergic reaction or irritation in any person; a small percentage of individuals may have still have some form of allergic reaction or irritation to certain ingredients or products. people with known skin allergies or sensitive skin should consult with their doctor to choose products that are best for them.
 

NATURALLY DERIVED:
this refers to an ingredient, formula or product as follows:
• an ingredient made from renewable plant-based materials, abundant minerals and/or water, and that may be modified to provide functionality; the modification may involve synthesizing with sources other than plant and/or mineral sources.

• a formula or product where the functional ingredients (the ones that make the product do their thing, like cleaning or softening), are naturally derived as noted above.

 

NON-TOXIC:
this means that a product is unlikely to cause an adverse health effect in normal or foreseeable use. it does not mean a product will not cause any allergic reaction or irritation in any person; a small percentage of individuals may have still have some form of allergic reaction or irritation to certain ingredients or products. people with known skin allergies or sensitive skin should consult with their doctor to choose products that are best for them.

 

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 or package.

 

RECYCLED PLASTIC:
plastic that has been diverted from a waste stream and made into something new, like a method bottle. this includes both PCR (post-consumer recycled) and PIR (post-industrial recycled).

 

SMARTCLEAN TECHNOLOGY®:
a powerful, patented, plant-based formula created for our ultra-concentrated 8x laundry detergent.

 

SUSTAINABILITY:
the health, community and environmental impact of our products.

 

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