Method (SC Johnson)

Last Updated: January 10, 2022

Is Method (SC Johnson) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here's a summary of Method's ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Method cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Method’s policies.
Method is cruelty-free, but Method is owned by SC Johnson, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.
All of Method products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Some of Method’s product lines are cradle-to-cradle certified. Method is also committed to reducing and offsetting their carbon emissions from their products, manufacturing practices, and business operations. As well as, measuring and reducing their water usage and waste generated from their factories. See their Benefit Blueprint here.

Additionally, Method’s packaging is made from recyclable, post-consumer recycled plastic and they offer refill pouches to reduce plastic packaging.
Method products come in recycled plastic packaging made from 25-100% post-consumer resin and/or ocean plastic. Method also offers refill pouches which they claim saves 80% water, energy, and plastic compared to using a bottle.

About Method (SC Johnson)

Method offers naturally-derived, biodegradable, non-toxic household cleaners, laundry supplies, personal care + soap.
COMPANY BASED IN: USA
PRODUCTS MADE IN: USA
PRODUCTS: Bath & Body Care, Hair Care, Cleaning
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, Cruelty Free International, PETA-Certified

Method (SC Johnson)

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You can find Method cruelty-free products at Target, Walmart, and Amazon.

Method is *Cruelty-Free

Method has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law.

By our standards, we would consider Method to be *Cruelty-Free.

*Method is owned by SC Johnson, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.

It’s your choice whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. I encourage you to do what you’re comfortable with, but I think it’s important to disclose that SC Johnson owns Method.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Method’s website about its animal testing policy:

Is Method Cruelty-Free?

Cruelty-Free Policies

Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.’ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.

At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, or any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Method is 100% Vegan

Method has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Method when I asked if all of their products are vegan:

“method products are cruelty-free, vegan and Leaping Bunny certified (http://www.leapingbunny.org/content/method). so there are absolutely no animal ingredients in anything we make.”

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it usually means no animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some household cleaning products contain animal-based surfactants and solvents. 

Unless it’s clearly stated the surfactants and solvents are plant-based or plant-derived, it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.

Where are Method’s products made?

Method states on its website,

where is method made?
unless otherwise noted on the label, all method branded cleaning products sold in North America are manufactured in the United States. we manufacture most of them at our LEED Platinum-certified soap factory in Chicago’s Pullman District. to learn more about how we’re cleaning up the world of messy manufacturing, head here.


I hope this article helped you to understand Method’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing once and for all!

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