Antibacterial Products – Which? Article

Bio-D Household Sanitisers

Bio-D Antibacterial Sanitisers

You may have read the article in the June edition of Which? magazine that questions whether antibacterial products are really necessary.  It’s a really interesting and thought provoking article that you can read here, but one that our MD, Lloyd Atkin, felt compelled to reply to:

“ At Bio-D, we don’t believe in killing bacteria for the sake of it as many types of bacteria are harmless or even beneficial to us.  This is why we don’t not test or make claims regarding products like Laundry Products or Washing up Liquid as we believe there simply is not any need for these items to kill bacteria.

We do, however, test several of our products to the BS EN 1276 standard for control of E-Coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus Aureus (the SA of MRSA).  The reason that we choose to do this is that many of our customers/supporters in independent retail also prepare food or sell fresh food in their premises and there is an Environmental Health requirement for them to use products that conform to the BS EN Standard.  After talking to customers, we developed a Hand Wash, and two hard surface cleaners (All Purpose Sanitiser and Multi Surface Sanitiser) to cover the requirements of our customers.  We focused only on products that were required by EHO’s in food preparation areas as we don’t believe in gimmicks.  You can argue that good hand washing practice kills germs anyway but this is not acceptable to an EHO.  Many of our customers are also parents so like to wipe their children’s high chairs and changing mats with a certified product for peace of mind.  We also launched our Home and Garden Sanitiser tested to this standard which is for cleaning sinks, drains and wheelie bins etc.  The thinking behind this is that many foul odours are caused by bacteria and in order to neutralise these we need an anti-bacterial action.  All of the mentioned products are still however safe for use in septic tanks as they are carefully formulated not to be overly powerful and to biodegrade readily.”

What are your thoughts on the article?  We’d be interested to hear your points of view

Lloyd and Sara

Fair trade first for Bio-D

Lloyd Atkin from Bio-D, left and Larry Bush from Traidcraft, rightIn the year that Hull ethical cleaning products company Bio-D celebrates its 25th anniversary, directors of the business are celebrating after gaining a prestigious contract to manufacture the world’s first Fairtrade marked household cleaning range.

Traidcraft, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, is  the UK’s leading fair trade organisation and has developed its ‘Clean & Fair’ range with Bio-D to secure the future of fair trade palm and coconut oil that will transform communities in Ghana and rural India.

Production is already underway for Traidcraft’s Clean & Fair range that comprises Handwash, Washing Up Liquid, Laundry Liquid and Multi-Surface Cleaner and early sales are very encouraging.

Of the alliance, Traidcraft’s Marketing Director, Larry Bush said:  “Traidcraft was looking to partner with a leading manufacturer of eco friendly cleaning products with a proven track record. We chose to work with Bio-D because of our shared values and our shared excitement for introducing the world’s first Fairtrade marked household cleaning range.”

Palm Oil is one of the world’s most traded commodities and is in half of all the packaged products that we buy from the shops, but it isn’t fair trade and much of it isn’t even sustainable. It’s often grown on huge plantations with whole ecosystems being destroyed to produce it.

Bio-D’s Managaging Director, Lloyd Atkin is delighted with the partnership: “We’re excited proud to be involved in this ground breaking initiative, especially as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, and are looking forward to driving the project forward.”

Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives. Thanks to its supporters, it has been the UK’s leading fair trade organisation for more than 30 years. It runs effective development programmes, sells a great range of fair trade products and campaigns hard to bring about trade justice.

25th anniversary newsletter

Celebrating 25 sustainable years

Picture1In 1989, naval entrepreneur Michael Barwell was inspired to set up a business producing ecologically responsible cleaning products by a paper written about pollution from domestic effluent by Canadian A.M.Gower.  Bio-D is now owned by Sara Holtby and Lloyd Atkin and we’re delighted to be enjoying our 25th successful year in business.

We’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to all of our staff, customers, colleagues, friends and family for helping us to reach this impressive birthday. Click here to read the rest of the newsletter and we look forward to receiving your competition entries.

Celebrate 25 sustainable years with a luxury break in the Yorkshire Wolds

Please take a look at our 25th Anniversary Press Release…

SONY DSCLeading ethical cleaning and laundry products manufacturer, Bio-D is marking its 25th anniversary with a competition to win a luxury weekend in the Yorkshire Wolds that were made famous by David Hockney.

To celebrate 25 sustainable years of making environmentally friendly products at its East Yorkshire factory, Bio-D has teamed up with the Ramblers Rest Tea Room, Restaurant and Luxury Accommodation in the picturesque village of Millington, to offer two nights’ Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for two people.

To enter, simply answer the question ‘In what year was Bio-D founded?’ and send your answer to before 7th August.  The winner will be selected at random on 8th August. Please see for a full list of terms and conditions. You can also enter via the website and via facebook.

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 household cleaning and laundry products are made from sustainable, naturally derived raw materials and do not contain chlorine or optical brighteners.  All of the Bio-D range is suitable for use with septic tanks and are Cruelty Free International (formerly BUAV) and Vegan Society registered.

Bio-D products are available in a range of sizes and are suitable for domestic and catering use.  They are sold through Oxfam, Booths, high street health food stores and a variety of online retailers including Please refer to for a complete list of stockists.