Bio-D cleans up with Council contract

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Directors at leading Hull based ethical cleaning and laundry products company Bio-D are celebrating after gaining a listing to supply a selection of its ethical cleaning products to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

For the first time in Bio-D’s 26 year history, seven of its cleaning and laundry lines will feature in the Council’s Supplies Catalogue that is distributed to establishments in education, social services, magistrates, emergency services and local authority administration within the areas of the East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Hull and Doncaster.

The three laundry products and four household cleaning lines that are available with immediate effect are: Multi-Use Floor Cleaner; Washing up Liquid; All Purpose Sanitiser Spray; Glass and Mirror Cleaner; Laundry Liquid; Washing Powder and Fabric Conditioner

Bio-D’s Sales and Marketing Director Sara Holtby is very proud that Bio-D has gained its first listing with ERYC; “As we were founded in Hull and make our products in our Sutton Fields factory, we’re delighted that ERYC has chosen to include our ethical products in its catalogue.

 

“We’re particularly pleased that the Council’s 9000 employees will be able to buy from the catalogue, too”

An interview with a Hull based eco commercial cleaning company

1why-usIn the first of an occasional series, we get the inside track on some of our customers. Hull based eco commercial cleaning company, Lemonclean is the first to go and the questions were answered by Founder and Managing Director, Vicky Doyle.

How long has Lemonclean been established?

Lemonclean has been established for five and a half years.

 Why did you set up Lemonclean?

I was looking for a business opportunity within the cleaning sector, but was undecided what direction I wanted to take, until I met Lloyd from Bio-D at the Hull Food Festival in 2009 and there was a lightbulb moment – my business would specialise in eco cleaning for businesses.

How many people work for Lemonclean?

We now employ 50 staff

How long have you been using Bio-D products?

Since the day that I started the business.  I love the fact that I can pop in to the factory, pick up my order and drop it off at cleaning sites on my way back to the office.

How did you hear about Bio-D in the first place?

Hull Food Festival

How far afield do you operate?

We operate throughout East Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire

What do you like about Bio-D as a company?

I am passionate about their products and I love the people and the business ethos.  Environmental responsibility runs right through my business, from the recycled toilet rolls to the upcycled office furniture, so there is a great synergy between Lemonclean and Bio-D.

What do you like about Bio-D products?

The smell of the products takes me right back to those difficult days when I was establishing my business and reminds me how far I’ve come – you could say that Bio-D reminds me of the smell of success! I also like the fact that all of their products are effective, yet safe for me and my staff to use and help me to market Lemonclean as an environmentally friendly business that uses safe, luxury products.

What’s your favourite Bio-D product?

The Multi-surface sanitiser – I just love the smell of the orange oil and it cuts through grease brilliantly.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I’m very proud to say that I have never advertised and my client list inlcudes big names like Rix, Sewells, Jordans and Humberside Airport because we offer high standards of staff and excellent cleaning products.  Corporate Social Responsibility is high on many businesses’ agendas these days and Bio-D helps me to satisfy their CSR needs in terms of commercial cleaning.

If you would like to know any more about Lemonclean, please visit www.lemonclean.co.uk

 

Hull business Bio-D celebrates new online business with Costco

cookiepolicy_logoDirectors at leading Hull based ethical cleaning and laundry products company Bio-D are celebrating after gaining a listing for seven of its most popular lines with Costco.

The four laundry products and three household cleaning lines* went live on Costco website in January 2015 and are already recording impressive sales.

Of the listing, Buyer Tracy Hunt said: “We were looking for a UK made range of ethical and environmentally responsible cleaning and laundry products and we like Bio-D’s ethos and ideals.  Early sales are encouraging.”

Bio-D’s Sales and Marketing Director Sara Holtby is very proud that Bio-D has gained its first listing in Costco; “Costco specialises in bulk products that are naturally heavy, so it makes perfect sense to buy them online and have them delivered directly to your door!”

The Bio-D range is the online retailer’s first foray into environmentally and ethically responsible household products.

Costco warehouses and Costco.co.uk are designed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses reduce costs in purchasing for resale and for everyday business use.

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.

* Washing Powder

Laundry Liquid

Fabric Conditioner

Nappy Fresh

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Toilet Cleaner

Home & Garden Sanitiser

Latest news and offer on Home and Garden Sanitiser

CaptureTake a look at our latest newsletter for details about our new listing in Oxfam, Valentine’s gift ideas and 25% off Home and Garden Sanitiser (former known as disinfectant!).

Either click on the link or on the image to view the newsletter in full

We hope that you enjoy reading it!

Sara and Lloyd

Hull eco business launches new products

Bio-D new products Feb 2014 rA leading Hull based hypo-allergenic cleaning products company has launched four new products in response to customer demand.

Sutton Fields business Bio-D has added Geranium Hand Wash, Multi-use Floor Cleaner, Dishwasher Rinse Aid and a reformulated Dishwasher Powder to its range of ethically and environmental responsible detergents.

Guaranteed to kill 99.9% of germs, Geranium Sanitising Hand Wash has been tested to BENSEN1276 standard and is suitable for a range of uses from domestic, offices to catering whilst the Multi-use Floor Cleaner is made with a linseed based soap to enrich real wood floors but also formulated to leave little or no residue for the cleaning of laminates, tiles and vinyl.

Chairman and Sales and Marketing Director Sara Holtby said “We have been very encouraged by early sales of the new products.”

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 www.biodegradable.biz. Please refer to www.biodegradable.biz for a complete list of stockists and details of the September promotion on Floor Cleaner.

Back to school deep clean, winners and pledges

Picture1Now that the children are back at school, it’s the ideal time to have a really good clean! In order to make the task a little more pleasurable, there’s 25% off selected cleaning products.  The offer ends on 17th September, so you’d better be quick! Please take a look at the newsletter for more information.

Sara and Lloyd

Fair trade first for Bio-D leads to roadshow appearance

We’re very proud that our MD, Lloyd has been invited to take part in a Q & A session at the forthcoming Traidcraft Roadshow in York.  You can read all about it in our latest press release:

Lloyd Atkin from Bio-D, left and Larry Bush from Traidcraft, rightA Director of Hull based ethical cleaning products company Bio-D has been invited to address delegates at a roadshow following a successful partnership with the UK’s leading fair trade organisation.

Lloyd Atkin, the Bio-D Company’s Managing Director, has been invited to a Question and Answer session at Traidcraft’s York Roadshow on 4th August and will face questions from the Traidcraft team and its army of Fair Traders.

Lloyd said: “We have been producing Traidcraft’s Clean and Fair range of fairtrade marked household cleaning range since February and are very pleased with the way that it is going.  Our two companies share the same ethos and I’m very proud to be invited to talk at the Roadshow and meet the Fair Traders.”

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.

The Clean & Fair range comprises Handwash, Washing Up Liquid, Laundry Liquid and Multi-Surface Cleaner.

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 35 years. It runs effective development programmes, sells a great range of fair trade products and campaigns hard to bring about trade justice.

Antibacterial Products – Which? Article

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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

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GHW croppedSanitising Geranium Hand Wash – kills germs, but gentle on hands

 

 

 

Dishwasher croppedEcological Dishwasher Powder – reformulated, concentrated product for great reults

Dishwasher Rinse Aid – gives sparkling results on glass, crockery and cutlery