Will you clean green in 2016?

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We’re thrilled to announce a new charity campaign for next year, encouraging consumers to be greener around the home in 2016.

Our new ‘Cleangreen16′ campaign will raise money for The Wildlife Trusts. There are 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK whose goal is the recovery of nature on land and at sea. For every order of Bio-D products placed online through www.biodegradable.biz in 2016, Bio-D will donate 50 pence to The Wildlife Trusts.

The overall donation will benefit Wildlife Trusts based across the UK, including Yorkshire Wildlife Trust which encompasses the city of Hull, home to Bio-D and Pearson Park Wildlife Garden, a popular and invaluable urban nature reserve.

Lloyd Atkin, Managing Director, Bio-D said: “It’s that time of year when we all make resolutions and think about things we want to do differently – it feels like a good time to consider whether we’re all ‘doing our bit’ at home and about the impact of everyday household products on the environment.

“Bio-D hopes to incentivise customers to get ‘cleaner and greener’ by making a donation on every online purchase in 2016 to The Wildlife Trusts – a fantastic organisation making a huge difference across the UK. We’re very pleased to be working with them on our ‘cleangreen16’ initiative this year.”

Janel Fone, Director of Marketing and Development for The Wildlife Trusts, said: “Bio-D gives consumers the choice to be the very best they can be for wildlife in their purchasing decisions.  We’re delighted to be working with them on this initiative which will help us to protect the places that are so important to people.”

Jonathan Leadley, Director of Development for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said:  “The impact of cleaning chemicals can be catastrophic in the marine environment and also our rivers and wetlands. It is great to work with a company that shares our vision for a healthier environment and a more wildlife-rich future.”

All Bio-D products – from washing up liquid and laundry liquid to furniture polish and all-purpose surface cleaner – are made in the UK from sustainable, naturally-derived raw materials and are free from synthetic chemicals, phosphates, preservatives, enzymes and synthetic perfumes.  They are hypoallergenic, making them suitable for sensitive skin, and are Cruelty Free International and Vegan Society approved. All packaging is made from recycled materials and is recyclable.

Follow the #cleangreen16 campaign on Bio-D social media (Twitter: @thebiodcompany / Facebook: The Bio-D Company Ltd.)

Last-minute eco Christmas tips!

biodxmas3 (2)With just a week to go, we’re getting excited for the arrival of friends, family and big Father C himself. Here are a few easy tips that we’ll be following over the coming days for a lovely green Christmas…

  • Run out of wrapping paper? Before you hotfoot down to the shops for more, consider wrapping gifts in fabric or in keepsake containers that won’t be thrown away as soon as the present inside is revealed
  • Keep an eye on electricals left on throughout the holiday season – tree lights should of course be switched off when you’re out for safety reasons as well as energy-saving ones. And don’t leave house lights, phone chargers or other appliances on unnecessarily
  • Buy big bottles of drinks rather than several smaller ones to reduce waste
  • Christmas dinner has got to be our favourite meal of the year. Choose organic, locally-grown, free-range produce where possible, and serve on your finest china and napkins (ditch the disposables!)
  • Make the most of all leftovers for buffet food and other recipes, and compost anything that doesn’t get eaten (or give to your dog/cat if appropriate!)
  • The big clean-up: Cleaning and washing-up after Christmas parties/dinners is never that fun (or is it just us who uses every single pot and pan in the house on Christmas Day?!), but Bio-D products make it that little bit easier – and they smell rather delicious too :)

‘Synbio’ and SMOs – the debate

o-MEDICAL-LAB-facebook_064505The latest issue of Ethical Consumer magazine includes a feature on synthetic biology (‘synbio’) and synthetically modified organisms (SMOs) being used in detergents and household cleaning products.

It highlights one of our competitors’ use of algal oil, which is ‘virtually’ the same as the ingredient it derives from – palm oil. But with one big difference: it is synthetically created in a lab.

There are some arguments that using synbio methods provides a more sustainable option, that these new techniques are a response to problems associated with unsustainable ingredients like palm oil – tropical deforestation, biodiversity loss and poor working conditions to name some. There is specific controversy over this particular synthetically-modified ingredient of algal oil, however, as it is claimed that sugar is needed for it to grow – with the main source of that sugar coming from Brazilian sugarcane. And it is argued that many of the problems associated with palm oil are present in the harvesting of sugarcane, so that in this particular case, the problem ‘is being shuffled around’ rather than a more sustainable alternative being sought.

(The article highlights Bio-D’s use of coconut oil which requires little use of pesticides in harvest and has a higher level of farm bio-diversity.)

Still, in an era where alternative products such as ‘vegan eggs’ and cow-free milk are being developed in labs, should we consider synbio methods if they are more sustainable? Are synbio methods safe, and how will they be regulated? What about the knock-on effect of synbio production on the livelihood of farmers across the globe who produce agricultural crops, the need for which could be wiped out? There are lots of different arguments on the subject of synbio, as covered in the Ethical Consumer feature, and the debate is set to continue.

Here at Bio-D, we will be watching developments closely, yet we are 100% committed to creating products that are 100% natural; Bio-D products contain no SMOs.


Meet Nicole, Bio-D’s newest team member

We’re very pleased to announce that the Bio-D team has expanded once again. We recently welcomed new Finance Manager Nicole Morrell to Bio-D HQ – here she tells us a bit more about herself. Over to you Nicole!

Q: What does your newsletter photorole involve on a day-to-day basis? Money, money, money, as the song goes! It’s my job to ensure that everyone – our suppliers, the Bio-D team -  is paid on time, and that customers pay in a timely manner. I’m also responsible for monitoring day-to-day cash flow and reporting any changes. Then once a month, I’ll produce the all-important accounting reports that are used for discussion at board meetings.

Q: What’s the best thing about working at Bio-D? The variety of my work, and the friendly team! (I presume they are going to be reading this?!)

Q: If you weren’t working at Bio-D, what would you be doing instead? I’d be working in partnership with my sister and helping her catering business grow.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? I enjoy baking, cooking and running. I did a 10K run this year dressed as Wonder Woman – to raise money for local charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.