We’ve been using Method for years here. Originally because I saw the line at Target, I liked that their soap bottles were designed by Karim Rashid (hello, I’m a design nerd), and everything smelled nice.
You might think that a green company would be annoyed with a customer like me. People are supposed to choose eco-friendly products out of concern, trying to avoid toxic chemicals with regard to their health and the environmental impact, right? I was buying it because it was pretty. But here’s the thing — Method is a company based on ideals, but they’re also weird and quirky, and they care about design too. I was in San Francisco last week to meet with the team at their headquarters, and I liked the way Eric, one of the co-founders, described themselves:
It’s like if you found out Skittles were good for you.
So sure, everything looks great, but it works and is good for you (and our planet) too. My mother-in-law likes to clip articles for people. She saves things that she wants to share with us, and gives us a stack of photocopies, newspaper clippings, and magazine pages every so often. She recently gave me a roundup of all-purpose cleaners by Cook’s Illustrated. They tested and reviewed nine of the leading cleaners, and Method came out on top as their only “highly recommended” pick. Boom.
And as I said, they were a bit quirky too… Which I dig. We were able to see the behind the scenes making of the Method Clean Happy anthem, and after spending the day with the employees and seeing how passionate and all-around good they are, I really want this video to take off. It’s pretty awesome to watch, too. By the way, those people in the white suits and glasses? Method employees. (That Katie at the birthday party can really bust a move — we saw proof in the outtakes.)
I’ll share a few more of these videos throughout the year as they become available. You’re going to want to see that guy with the guitar sing, trust me.
Everything about my trip to Method’s headquarters was thoughtful, welcoming, and fun. If you want a mini-summit experience for yourself, you can enter to win a trip for two to San Francisco with a visit to Method’s HQ, lunch with the co-founders, and a year’s supply of Method goodies and other surprises. Enter to win (and see the complete list of rules and eligibility) over at Method’s Facebook page.