Mrs. Meyer’s (SC Johnson)

Last Updated: January 14, 2022

How Ethical Is Mrs. Meyer’s (SC Johnson)?

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 Mrs. Meyer's ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Mrs. Meyers cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Mrs. Meyer’s policies.
Mrs. Meyer’s is cruelty-free, but Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day is owned by SC Johnson, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.
All of Mrs. Meyer’s products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Mrs. Meyer’s uses plant-derived ingredients and they claim to use materials from renewable plant resources such as coconut, corn, soy, and olive. Mrs. Meyer’s also states their bottles are partially made from post-consumer recycled plastic.
Mrs. Meyer’s products come in recyclable plastic packaging and they use at least 25% post-consumer plastic in their bottles. Mrs. Meyer’s also offers refills for their hand and dish soaps. And their candles come in a recyclable glass jar or aluminum tins.

About Mrs. Meyer’s (SC Johnson)

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day household cleaners are earth-friendly and made with plant-derived ingredients and essential oils.
PRODUCTS: Bath & Body Care, Candles
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, Cruelty Free International, PETA-Certified

Mrs. Meyer’s (SC Johnson)

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You can find Mrs. Meyer’s cruelty-free products Target, Grove Collaborative, Walmart, and Amazon.

Mrs. Meyer’s is *Cruelty-Free

Mrs. Meyer’s 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.

“And we never, ever test our products on animals, nor are our products made with animal-derived ingredients.”

By our standards, we would consider Mrs. Meyer’s to be *Cruelty-Free.

*Mrs. Meyer’s 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 Mrs. Meyer’s.

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.

Mrs. Meyer’s is 100% Vegan

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

Note that a few of Mrs. Meyer’s products used to contain beeswax but they have discontinued those products.

The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Mrs. Meyer’s when I asked if all of their products are vegan:

“Thank you for your interest in Mrs. Meyer’s® Clean Day! I’m happy to share that none of our current products contain any animal ingredients. That said, several discontinued products contained beeswax including: Hand Balm, Diaper Balm, Lip& Cheek Balm, and Furniture Cream.”

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 Mrs. Meyer’s products made?

I asked Mrs. Meyer’s where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“Mrs. Meyer’s® Clean Day products are all manufactured in the USA.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Mrs. Meyer’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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