Method, the eco-excellent household cleaning product and laundry powerhouse with scents that makes you actually look forward to scrubbing the toilet (well, maybe I'm alone on this), recently campaigned to continue state-by-state restrictions of phosphates, a naturally occurring chemical added to dishwashing detergents (and once upon a time, laundry detergents) that can taint lakes, rivers, and other fresh water systems once washed down the drain. As of last month, 15 states announced total bans on products containing phosphates and in 2010 Canada will enact a similar law.

Never a company to rest on its laurels, method is now behind a cheeky/creepy advert supporting the Household Product Labeling Act of 2009, a bill introduced to the Senate by none other than Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and introduced to the House by Representative Steve Israel of New York. If passed, the bill will require companies to fully disclose all product ingredients in plain language on the product labeling. As of now, listing hazardous ingredients on product labeling is mandatory but non-hazardous-but-still-toxic chemical ingredients can still fly under the transparency radar.

Watch the video below and then take action. You may never look at your dubiously labeled bathroom cleaners — and your loofa — the same way again.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Sinister singing suds
In support of the Household Product Labeling Act of 2009, method releases a memorable PSA that's both cartoony fun and downright creepy.