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Listen to Lloyd’s interview with BBC Radio Humberside

We’re very proud that our involvement with the Llanddewi Brefi project was the subject of a BBC Radio Humberside interview.

You can listen to the interview with our MD, Lloyd Atkin and Joe Beadleson from BBC Radio Humberside – it’s 1.17 in and there’s a mention on the news bulletin at 2.30 in.

Hull business’s eco cleaners chosen for innovative Welsh Water Project

We’re delighted (and very proud) to be able to share this press release with you…

Village shop owner Neil Driver and Faye Ward from Welsh Water

In the year that Hull ethical cleaning products company Bio-D celebrates its 25th anniversary, directors of the business are delighted that Bio-D has been selected as the sole supplier for an innovative environmental project in Wales.

Bio-D is supporting Welsh Water by providing phosphate free laundry detergent, fabric conditioner, washing up liquid and dishwasher detergent for a whole year for a Phosphorus Reduction Project in the village of Llanddewi Brefi in Ceredigion, mid-west Wales. The overall scope of the pioneering project is to reduce the levels of phosphates entering the sewage treatment works.

A significant percentage of water bodies in the UK do not reach good ecological status and excessive nutrient levels are a contributory factor. In order to improve water quality it is therefore necessary to consider how we might reduce nutrient levels in the water environment.

This project will reduce the levels of phosphorus entering the environment and thus reduce its negative effect on fish and invertebrate species, improving the overall health of the river and increasing its recreational potential. In the long term it is hoped that this project will also reduced the carbon footprint

Each of the 150 households in the small village will be encouraged to use Bio-D Washing Powder, Juniper & Seaweed Fabric Conditioner, Washing Up Liquid and Dishwasher Powder; supplied in the village shop. The residents will be encouraged to use these products for one year initially and the water course will be monitored throughout. It is hoped that the project will also provide community and social benefits, encouraging the residents to come together to help their environment, providing a great sense of achievement; and setting the standard for other villages/ towns and cities to follow.

Bio-D’s Managing Director Lloyd Atkin is proud to be involved with the project and said: “It’s great to be able to support an initiative of this environmental importance and scale and I look forward to seeing the difference that phosphate free detergents make to the water quality in Llanddewi Brefi.”


‘Dirty Palm Oil’ In Products Ruins Your Spring Clean And The Rainforest – Says The Rainforest Foundation UK

Palm oil plantation photo by a_rabin

Palm oil plantation photo by a_rabin

New research, conducted by the Rainforest Foundation UK, (RFUK) and Ethical Consumer Magazine reveals that a number of cleaning product manufacturers need to clean up their act and stop sourcing palm oil that contributes to deforestation. [1]

Many of the biggest names in household cleaning including Fairy, Daz, Flash and Ariel, all manufactured by Procter and Gamble, were some of the lowest scoring brands included in the research, which was carried out in response to the increasing threat that unsustainable palm oil is posing to the world’s rainforests, and consequently, to the people that rely almost entirely on these forests for their livelihoods.

Having destroyed vast areas of forest in countries including Indonesia which is home to orangutans, palm oil companies are now planning to expand into the rainforests of the Congo Basin in Africa, home to lowland gorillas, chimpanzees and around 500,000 indigenous peoples.[2]

Simon Counsell, Executive Director of The Rainforest Foundation UK said: “Our ever increasing use of these products and the ‘dirty palm oil’ they contain seriously threatens the long-term survival of Africa’s rainforest, its people and unique wildlife. As long as these companies refuse to adopt zero deforestation policies, it is down to the public to source ethical alternatives.”

The cleaning products’ survey is the latest initiative of a campaign to encourage consumers to buy products that have the top rated palm oil policies and encouraging those companies that are not taking their environmental responsibilities seriously to use less palm oil.[3]

Leonie Nimmo, researcher at Ethical Consumer said: “These products may help you keep your house clean but many of the companies have a dirty record on palm oil – the cleaning sector needs to clean up its act.”

Thankfully there are some positive options for people who don’t want their shopping baskets tainted by dirty palm oil. Top scoring companies in the survey include Bio-D, Sainsbury’s, Ecover, Faith in Nature, Waitrose and Traidcraft, the manufacturers of the Clean and Fair range, who have brought out the world’s first Fairtrade palm oil cleaning products.

Details of the ethical palm oil score for cleaning products as well as many other products can also be found in the Rainforest Foundation UK’s online guide.

1. The full product guide can be seen here: http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/cleaning-products

2. According to Seeds of Destruction, a report published by RFUK in 2013, one million acres of rainforest in the Congo Basin is currently being developed by palm oil producers, and with 284 million acres of suitable soil in the region, developers are actively seeking large sites now. It also details the huge impacts that the current and future development will have on the 500,000 indigenous people living in the endangered rainforest. For the full report and the responses of palm oil developers active in the Congo basin prior to the publication of the report visit: www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/palmoilreport

3. RFUK and Ethical Consumer’s collaborative guide Appetite for Destruction was launched at Easter 2013 with information on chocolate Easter eggs. Over the last 12 months additional categories have been added to the guide, which is available here: www.rainforestfoundationuk.org

Hull eco business celebrates new listing in Booths

Bio-D Home & Garden Sanitiser 750 ml

Bio-D Home & Garden Sanitiser 750 ml

Directors and staff at Hull based ethical cleaning and laundry products company, Bio-D are celebrating after receiving a new listing in Booths family owned supermarkets.

From 26th March, Bio-D’s Home and Garden Sanitiser will take its place alongside other Bio-D products in 24 Booths stores.

Of the listing, Bio-D’s Sales and Marketing Director said: “We’re delighted that Booths have listed Home and Garden Sanitiser just in time for the busy gardening and outdoor leisure season.  Made from natural ingredients, it is a fast acting anti-bacterial detergent that is great for cleaning patios, greenhouses, plant pots and indoor and outdoor bins as well as sinks and drains.”

Home and Garden Sanitiser costs £2.43 RRP for a 750ml bottle.

Bio-D is an independent, ethically motivated company that is dedicated to promoting the use of environmentally responsible detergents. It manufactures environmentally responsible cleaning and laundry products that are UK made, effective, biodegradable and hypoallergenic.  Bio-D’s range of sanitisers includes 750ml Multi Surface Sanitiser, 500ml All Purpose Sanitiser Spray, 500ml Sanitising Hand Wash and, of course, Home and Garden Sanitiser. The are all free from Triclosan and are made from sustainable, naturally derived raw materials.  All of the Bio-D range is suitable for use with septic tanks and are Cruelty Free International (formerly BUAV) and Vegan Society registered.

Organic and Natural Business Cleaning Feature

Picture1We were very proud to be invited to contribute to the Eco Cleaning feature in leading trade magazine Organic and Natural Business.  You can see a snapshot of the article in the image, but please either click on the image or this web link to Organic and Natural Business.

We hope that you enjoy this interesting insight into this burgeoning sector.

Sara and Lloyd

£5 off orders over £35

Welcome to our latest newsletter!

Now that the weather is feeling decidedly spring like, we have launched a spring cleaning promotion. We are offering £5 off online orders over £35 from now until 19th March. Simply add code XSPRINGCLEA at the checkout and your discount will be applied.

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Hull eco business heads to London to launch new products

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A leading hypo-allergenic cleaning products company will attend its first major show since its rebrand last year.

Hull based business Bio-D has chosen to exhibit at the Natural & Organic Products Europe show in April to launch four new products and to showcase its extensive range of rebranded and exclusively UK manufactured natural and safe cleaning and laundry products.

The new products are;

  • Geranium sanitising hand wash that is gentle on hands, yet kills germs
  • Multi-use Floor Cleaner with Linseed Soap for effective cleaning of all hard floors
  • Reformulated, concentrated Dishwasher Powder that gives great results regardless of water quality
  • Ecological Dishwasher Rinse Aid for sparkling results

Chairman and Sales and Marketing Director Sara Holtby explains why Bio-D decided to exhibit at the show: “We wanted to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of using Bio-D products and to highlight the fact that all of our products are hypo-allergenic and felt that the Natural & Organic Products Europe exhibition was the perfect platform to do so.  We’re also looking to drive Bio-D forward with the appointment of some key distributors and hope that we will meet companies there who share our ethical values.”

The exhibition takes place from 13 to 14 April at Olympia, London and Bio-D will be on stand 1052.