People Against Dirty

Home & Personal Care

San Francisco, California

United States

About method

method is the pioneer of premium environmentally-conscious and design-driven home care, fabric care and personal care products. Their mission is to inspire a healthy, happy home revolution with cleaners formulated to put the hurt on dirt without doing harm to people, creatures or our planet. We’re people against dirty™.

method runs its business in a values-driven manner, building social & environmental benefit into its products and everything it does. Being a B Corporation allows method to build that ethos into the legal backbone of the company so that those values will never be compromised.

The Change We Seek®

At method, we're in business to change business. In the same way we take the dirt out of cleaning, we strive to eliminate some of business's dirty practices. We believe our business practices and processes should be as clean as the products we make. In that spirit, we develop formulas and design our products to meet the Cradle to Cradle standard, meaning we consider the past, present and future implications in everything we do.

Cradle to Cradle is a philosophy that we apply to every method product, and to the business itself. method was one of the first companies to be recognized as a Cradle to Cradle company, acknowledging our practices from the environmental quality of our products to how we manufacture them. We currently have over 60 products Cradle to Cradle certified, among the most of any company in the world.

method relies on green chemistry to power our formulas. Our team of formulation chemists (known as the green chefs) finds and develops advanced applications of innovative materials, relying on smart science rather than hazardous concentrations of conventional chemicals with unknown effects. Every material method uses is assessed by an external material science firm to ensure health and environmental safety.

We design our packaging to be truly closed loop – bottles made from recycled plastic that in turn are recyclable. We work with our suppliers and manufacturers to find ways to improve the environmental profile of their operations including dematerialization, energy efficiency and water-free processes. Rather than just looking at ways to offset carbon that has already been emitted, we seek out partnerships that help us to reduce our carbon footprint at the front end of our business, like shipping our products in biodiesel trucks.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2007

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: Workers paid >40% above living wage; Pays majority of health insurance premiums for workers and their families; >80% employee satisfaction reported 

Community: Pays suppliers to reduce their carbon emissions; Gives preference to fair trade suppliers; Offers >20 hours paid time off for community service

Environment: Bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic; Most facilities are LEED Certified; >35% of shipments are made using biodiesel trucks; >50% of energy used comes from renewable resources; Cradle to Cradle endorsed company

2014 Best for the World Environment