Is Method Cruelty-Free? Does Method test on animals in 2021?

Is Method Cruelty-Free?

Is Method cruelty-free? Does Method test on animals? Find out now.

For a long time, the cruelty-free status of Method was unclear. Is Method cruelty-free was a question I have received a lot over the past few years. Many were confused because the brand marketed itself as cruelty-free. Yet various resources gave different answers about their cruelty-free status. It was truly confusing for a lot of consumers. So what’s changed?

First, let’s break down the history of Method’s cruelty-free status.

For a long time, Method was cruelty-free. They were easy to find and the products worked well. There were rumors circulating that their UK team was talking about animal testing. It was tough to figure out what was going on at the time.

Then in 2016 I finally heard details from the brand. I decided that Method no longer met the criteria to be a Logical Harmony Approved cruelty-free brand. This was due to it being revealed that they were testing on invertebrates in the UK. It had been happening for some time and consumers were not being told about it. Why was it being done? To comply with required by law animal testing requirements that were in place for new formulas of cleaning products. The goal was to show that if the cleaning products went into waterways, it would be safe for the animals living in them.

Since then, a lot has changed with Method. They have a new parent company. They have been picked up by a lot of retailers which has made them an accessible and affordable brand. They have also expanded beyond cleaning products and into body care.

But what about their animal testing stance? Does Method still test on animals when required by law? Is Method cruelty-free? Let’s get into all the details.

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Some popular Method Vegan products are:

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Is Method cruelty-free? Yes! Method is cruelty-free.

Method is cruelty-free. Method meets all the criteria to be a Logical Harmony Approved cruelty-free brand. There is no animal testing occurring anywhere on their products. They are not selling in any markets that require animal testing, and they do not sell in retail stores in China. Method is also no longer testing on daphnia to comply with REACH laws in the UK.

  • Are the ingredients used in Method products tested on animals? No. Method does not use ingredients that are tested on animals.
  • Are Method products tested on animals during production? No. Method products are not tested on animals during production.
  • Are Method finished products tested on animals? No. Method finished products are not tested on animals.
  • Are Method products sold in markets that require animal testing? No. Method products are not sold in markets that require animal testing.
  • Do any third party groups test Method products on animals? No. Method products are not tested on animals by any third party groups.
  • Is Method owned by a parent company that tests on animals? Yes. Method is owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. They are owned by S.C. Johnson.
  • Is Method certified cruelty-free by any organizations? Yes. Method is certified by PETA and through the Cruelty-Free International Leaping Bunny Program.
  • Where is Method sold? On their own website, Grove, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, and many many others.

Is Method vegan? Yes! Method is vegan.

Not only is Method cruelty-free, but they are 100% vegan. This means that their products do not contain animal or animal-derived ingredients.

Where can you find Method products?

You can find Method cleaning products on their own website, Grove, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, and many others.

Here on Logical Harmony, you can find a full list of cruelty-free brands as well as shopping guides to help you find the cruelty-free brands at Dermstore, Ulta, Nordstrom, Sephora, Beauty Bay, Beautylish, Cult Beauty, and tons more. There are also lots of vegan product lists for cruelty-free brands too.

Some popular Method Vegan products are:

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Last Updated on November 12, 2021

47 Comments

  1. Tashina, I have been vegan since 1983 and I am sure that at some time in history Ecover were considered cruelty free and most products were also vegan. Then it became known that they did these tests on water fleas or similar creatures (which for whatever reason are not included in the animal kingdom by the UK gov or the EU Gov) and they lost their cruelty free status, I have to say I am sure at the time this status was endorsed by the leaping bunny logo or a similar scheme. So I have avoided their products because of this, so I am surprised that somehow they managed to regain their cruelty free status and now its looks like they have lost it again.
    None of this makes any difference to the current status as such but I saw this story and felt I needed to mention it because at some point either leaping bunny scheme has changed its criteria or maybe its was the status of water fleas that changed.
    I am pleased that you and others are keeping people informed and up to date, thank you.

  2. Method does test on daphnia in the UK due to the regulations there. May I ask if any of the products you mention are sold in the UK as well? I was just wondering, since they would also be subjected to the same testing methods (even if they don’t say so). If they are I would like to avoid those as well, since they would also test on daphnia.

    1. Hi Leah,

      The testing is only required for new ingredients and new formulations, but not for those that have already been proven safe. There are many cruelty-free brands available in the UK that do not take part in these tests because they do not need to.

  3. I stopped buying Method after I saw this post and commented on their Facebook about how disappointed I was and so many people commented and were SO rude and attacked me because daphnia is water fleas. I’m curious is anyone has done that to you before for not purchasing anything that harms insects. Its very discouraging. ?

    1. Hi Kimberly,

      I sent you an email about this but wanted to let you know that I have definitely received a lot of rude comments about this thread. We all have to decide what’s right for ourselves. Attacking others with a different opinion doesn’t get anyone anywhere. 🙁

    2. Hi Kimberly. Me too. Once I heard they started testing on water fleas, I stopped buying their products too. I saw a picture of a water flea. They are beautiful creatures that deserve to be free from evil people.

  4. I really appreciate your research into this. I used to work for a PR company who worked with Method and they were great. My family really enjoy using their products. After this, it has forced me to look for alternative, I love searching for new brands!

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