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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.

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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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color your world

posted July 11, 2014 by Maria |

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the vibrant colors + stylish patterns of our new limited edition collection prompted a few of us in the office to have a nail polish party. (like we needed an excuse.) the result? three easy to replicate designs shown with the bottles that inspired them.

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kelly moss stripes

paint the dark blue base first. once the base is completely dry, paint the green and aquamarine stripes. to get precise lines, it’s really helpful to use a nail polish striper. let dry and you’re done.

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rice milk + mallow polka dots

paint the light green base first. once the base is completely dry, pour some navy blue nail polish onto foil. then, dip the flat end of a toothpick into the navy blue nail polish to make the polka dots. again, let dry and you’re done.

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white cranberry tips

paint the red base first. once the base is completely dry, use the pink nail polish on the tips. if you don’t have a steady hand, you can use stationary tape for a more precise line. just leave the tip of the nail uncovered and try not to press the tape down too firmly so it doesn’t stick to your nail and ruin your base coat. let dry and you’re good to go.

 

** a tip from mia, our resident spa junkie: “before painting your nails, soak them in a mixture of warm water + the hand wash of your choice to help soften your cuticles.” **

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making scents: meet suzanne

posted July 1, 2014 by Maria |

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the lovely smell that wafts in the air after you spray our all-purpose cleaner? you can thank suzanne for that. the fresh scent that comes out of the dryer after you’ve finished a load of laundry? you can thank suzanne for that, too.

as our senior director of fragrance, suzanne has a nose in every product we create. and with more than 50 method scents currently on the market, we wondered how she keeps coming up with something new. “i look everywhere for inspiration,” says Suzanne, “fashion trends, food trends…even the things around me every day can inspire a scent.”

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take method’s beach sage fragrance, for example. when we say that it’s like a stroll on the beach on a misty morning, suzanne did have a specific place close to home in mind. “there’s a place i run in the morning in Crissy Field [in San Francisco] where the trail hugs the bay and you often get the mist from the fog rolling in. the sea air mixes with the scent from the eucalyptus trees and sage that surround the area…it’s just so crisp and refreshing,” she explains.

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a self-confessed scent geek, suzanne spends a lot of time reading about the science of smell. “i just find it so fascinating,” she says. “it is a science, but there is also a huge emotional component. people store scents in their olfactory memory, and what i love most about my job is the thought that i can help someone recall a happy thought or bring them to a peaceful place—all with one fragrance.”

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