sustainability

new map sheds light on ocean plastic

posted May 9, 2014 by Maria |

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the ocean plastic problem is one that is very close to our hearts. the desire to shed light on this problem was the driving force behind method’s ocean plastic bottles, the world’s first bottles made with a blend of recovered ocean plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic. so when California-based Project AWARE approached us to help spread the word on their new Dive Against Debris map, we were happy to comply.

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Project AWARE was founded more than 20 years ago by a group of professional divers concerned about the declining state of the underwater world. today, the organization supports a global movement of more than 20,000 scuba diving volunteers who are working to clean up oceans in their own local communities. the Dive Against Debris map offers a view of their findings from more than 1,000 underwater surveys in 60 countries. some sad takeaways:

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to donate to or learn more about Project AWARE, visit projectaware.org. to learn more about method’s ocean plastic efforts, click here.

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best for the environment

posted May 29, 2013 by saskia |

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method is thrilled to announce that we’re the #1 B Corp for Environment! that means of the more than 650 B Corporations worldwide, we have the #1 score for our environmental performance.

as you know, we do things differently around here, and we take special care to stand out when it comes to our commitment to the environment.

here are a few unique ways we’re leading on sustainability:

-          providing incentives to our processors to reduce their energy and water use

-          certifying our products under the Cradle to Cradle standard

-          working in a LEED certified office space

-          sourcing recycled plastic packaging and biodegradable ingredients in our products

-          calculating and making strides to minimize our carbon footprint

-          buying wind power credits for our office and supplier energy

-          providing incentives to employees who ride their bikes to work

 

in case you’re not familiar, Benefit Corporations – or B Corps – define success as a commitment to environmental and social performance in addition to profit. method embraces the B Corp framework because it aligns our social, environmental, and stakeholder interests.

because it is audited annually by a third party, method uses our B Corp certification as a real time account of our environmental and social responsibility. instead of creating a fancy report showing everything we’re doing every year, we just link to our B Corp assessment. anyone can see our B Corp survey on-line anytime. method also uses our assessment as a benchmark for how we’re doing, and how we can continue to do better over time.

social and environmental principles have always been a part of method’s core values. who we are and what we do as a company are the secret ingredients in our special sauce.

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the smartest smarty dish yet

posted April 24, 2013 by meagan |

getting your dishes sparkling clean is no small feat. just ask anyone who has encountered that pesky, chalky film that happens in hard water areas. here’s the good news: we’ve recently developed some new, natural technologies that actually work.  take that, hard water.

for years, we’ve been making smarty dish®, a little tablet that packs a big punch against stuck-on food. but in areas with excessively-mineralized water, we needed something stronger. we needed to call in the big guns, so to speak.

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we’re exceedingly proud of what we created in our lab. smarty dish® plus puts the smack down on hard water and tough stains. even better? it’s plant-based, which means it won’t hurt the environment.

“in developing smarty dish® plus, we used a new hard water control agent derived from yeast that isn’t widespread in the industry. it’s one of the most sustainable ingredients we’ve ever used,” explains fred, our green chef who developed the technology. after smarty dish® plus does its job cleaning dishes, it’s readily degradable. EDTA (an ingredient found in many traditional dishwasher detergents) carries metals into the environment in a cumulative fashion, making them available to the food chain – think mercury in fish.

so what’s in this remarkable little guy? we call it “triple action power”. allow me to explain:

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detergent: it dissolves sticky food like a dream. plus, it’s naturally-derived and EDTA-free, so it won’t harm the fishes.

rinse aid: smarty dish® plus has a rinse-aid built in. genius, right?

hard water resistance: polymers made from chicory starch disperse hard water deposits so they don’t end up on your dishes.  in fact, we’ve found the formula to be effective in resisting over 95% of hard water in the US.

you can find smarty dish® plus right here or at most Target stores.

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in the spirit of transparency

posted October 18, 2012 by rachel |

we want to clear the air about our ratings on the Environmental Working Group’s “Guide to Healthy Cleaning.” frankly, we were shocked to see grades of D and F assigned to many of our products, considering our commitment and innovation in developing effective, non-toxic products that are safe for the people, pets and the planet.

we immediately reached out to the EWG team to understand how our products and ingredients could have been dinged so badly by their ratings system.

what we found is that the EWG ratings system, although noble in its effort to provide meaningful product safety ratings to shoppers, is incomplete and too broad, which results in misleading conclusions. we firmly believe in what the EWG wants to do. where we don’t align is how they are going about it, from a scientific perspective.

we actively promote the transparent disclosure of ingredients, as you know from all the information we provide on our web site and on our product labels. in fact, we share considerably more than the government requires because we believe that we all have the right to know what is in the products that we bring into our homes. we’ve even taken a stand at state and national levels to bring greater transparency to cleaning product labeling.

we expect EWG’s results to be thoroughly researched, up-to-date and truly reflective of a company’s ingredients and products. unfortunately, we don’t feel the current ratings guide does this, but we hope the EWG will continue working to make its ratings model more scientifically accurate. in the meantime, we will continue to try to work with their team to provide information about method products so our scores truly represent the ingredients that we use.

we’re sorry if the EWG ratings guide left you feeling confused or concerned about any of our products. reach out to us directly if you have any questions regarding our products or ingredient scores on EWG’s site. we know you trust us to help keep your home clean and free of toxins. as people against dirty, we take that very seriously.

if you’re still curious, a better indicator of our commitment to product safety and sustainability is our Cradle to Cradle® certification, which we consider to be the highest standard available and includes extensive measures for safety, toxicity and environmental impact. learn more here: http://methodhome.com/greenskeeping/cradle-to-cradle-company/.

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clean up for national oceans month

posted June 18, 2012 by alexis |

our oceans are faced with a dire problem. staggering quantities of garbage, much of it non-degradable plastic, is polluting the environment and harming marine populations. and the problem isn’t going away anytime soon. more plastic washes up on beaches everyday.

as a small soap company, we know we can’t clean up the world’s oceans. but we can raise awareness about the issue and use our business to demonstrate smart ways of using and reusing the plastics that are already on the planet.

we think the best way to do that is to prove that solutions exist, even at a small scale. later this year, we will be launching a product in the world’s first packaging made from a blend of PCR plastic and recovered ocean plastic. recovered from beaches by method employees, in fact.

so this saturday, june 23 we’ll be at it again, working alongside Oah’u-based groups Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and Kokua Hawai’i Foundation to conduct a coastal cleanup at Kahuku’s James Campbell Wildlife Refuge.

we’ll also be filming and interviewing several community leaders and folks involved in the local awareness, education and prevention of ocean plastic pollution affecting hawaii’s beaches and communities.

if you’re interested in joining us at the cleanup, contact katie molinari at katie@methodhome.com. stay tuned for the release of our first ocean plastic bottles later this year.

happy national oceans month.

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