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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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01wjmkc

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