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apples for your teacher

posted August 29, 2014 by Maria |

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labor day weekend is upon us, so the last thing you’re probably thinking about is school. but we like to plan ahead. so to celebrate our new limited edition honeycrisp apple collection and the back-to-school season, we made some apple treats that we know any teacher will appreciate. all you have to do is download, print, cut and send. you can thank us later.

download here: method_apple_card

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introducing method air refreshers

posted August 25, 2014 by Maria |

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once upon a time we had candles, reed diffusers, aroma sprays and aroma pill plug-ins. and the air smelled a little bit sweeter, if we do say so ourselves. but we made an executive decision to focus on our core business—hand wash + cleaning products—and took our air care products off the market. we knew some people would be disappointed, but we didn’t expect all the letters that came pouring in:

“A few years back you had a lovely array of home scents like candles and those little ‘scent pills’ that you plug into the wall. (I still have the beautiful white ceramic containers from the candles and have used them for everything from planting cactus to tea lights to serving chocolate mousse—for real!) Is there any chance at all you are bringing some of those products back? Please… begging you :-(”  —Connie

“I really miss your air pills, especially the cut grass scent. With a 90 lb. yellow lab and a 2-year-old, air fresheners are a must… This is my plea as a mom, please please please bring back your air freshener line of products.” —Alicia

“A while back your company made vanilla apple aroma spray. I’m assuming it has been discontinued because it’s been a while since I’ve been able to find it in any stores that carry method products. I really loved this stuff! It smelled amazing and its scent lasted a long time, on top of it being environmentally friendly. If there is any chance you would be willing to bring this back some time in the future, I and I’m sure many other people would be very happy!” —Joe

well, we heard you. and we’re proud to introduce our new line of planet-friendly air refreshers. these innovative, air-powered sprays will fill your room with one of five fresh, nature-inspired scents—french lavender, wild poppy, beach sage, sweet tangerine and fresh clover. try them all and let us know what you think.

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our partner against dirty

posted August 13, 2014 by Maria |

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yes, this is still the method website. but we wanted you to meet our partner against dirty, ecover. we tied the knot in 2012 to create the world’s largest green cleaning company. so why bring up ecover now? well, it had a little makeover. and we think it’s looking mighty fine, don’t you?

find ecover at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and other planet-loving retailers.

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ask saskia

posted July 30, 2014 by Maria |

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Q. your website says that you evaluate every ingredient that goes into your products—what does that mean?  

— matthew w., san leandro, ca

A. i love to cook. right now i am up to my ears in the bounty of summer—rosy red tomatoes, crisp peppers and perfectly juicy peaches. yum. i love to experiment with new foods and new recipes, but i would never put any ingredient into any dish without knowing what it is, where it comes from and if it’s healthy.

method’s greenskeepers (sustainability guardians) and green chefs (in-house chemists) have the same approach to making soap.

the thing is, soap is simple. a cleaning agent—we call them solvents and surfactants—works to pull away oily and sticky stains, allowing them to mix with water and wash away.

but making soap is actually quite complicated—especially if you’re a company trying to do the right thing. the more we learn, the deeper we can go, and the more we ways we can improve. method’s greenskeepers look at the full life of a product including the environmental, community and health-related impacts. in our pursuit of ingredients that have the best social and environmental footprint, we ask our suppliers where our ingredients come from and how they are made.

and to finally answer your question, we work with a third-party to evaluate every ingredient, ensuring that we only use ingredients that work for people and the planet. the independent research institute McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) assesses every ingredient before it is considered for any formula. MBDC considers over a dozen environmental and health characteristics, for example:

health

short term: non-toxic; non-irritating for eyes, skin and the respiratory system

long term: not carcinogenic, not endocrine disrupting, not a reproductive toxin, not a developmental toxin

environmental

biodegradable, not bioaccumulative, low aquatic toxicity

greenskeepers work very closely with our green chefs, and if an ingredient has an environmental or health concern, we won’t use it. we also use the assessments from MBDC to work with our suppliers to help them develop safer ingredients. these assessments help us screen out dirty ingredients. you might say that it’s one way of keeping the rotten apples out of our pies.

saskia

saskia is our resident greenskeeping manager, though we like to call her “captain planet.” got a green question for saskia? email it to asksaskia@methodhome.com. questions will be chosen at random and answers will be posted on our blog. 

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we love our furry friends…

posted July 21, 2014 by Maria |

 

…that’s why we never test any of our products or ingredients on animals. it’s also why we are donating 15% of method sales on soap.com from now through july 29 to Best Friends Animal Society®*, a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in america’s shelters.

so stock up on your fave method cleaning products and feel good about the fact you’re helping our furry friends while you shop.

*the fine print: we’ll donate up to a maximum of $10,000 from sales starting july 21 through july 29, 2014.

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