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.

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.”


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.


Social media promotion raises £231 for Allergy UK Nurses Appeal

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Allergy-Nurses-Appeal-logoA Hull based green business has embraced social media to raise £231 for a national allergy charity.

The Bio-D Company, manufacturers of environmentally friendly cleaning products, ran a facebook promotion to encourage people to like its page in return for a £1 donation to the Allergy UK Nurses Appeal and was delighted to raise £231 in only two weeks.

Of the initiative, Bio-D’s Sales and Marketing Director Sara Holtby said; “In celebration of gaining the Allergy Friendly Product Award for our unfragranced laundry range and with a desire to contribute to the great work that Allergy UK does, we chose Allergy UK Nurses Appeal as our charity of the year and we are proud to support the tireless work that they do to help people with allergies.”

Rebecca Carey, Fundraising Manager at Allergy UK says “We are thrilled to have the support of Bio-D who are committed to supporting our Nurses Appeal. The money they have raised will make a huge difference to the services we are able to offer allergy and intolerance sufferers across the UK”.

Rebecca Ducker with her prizeIn addition to the donation, Bio-D directors chose one of the new ‘likers’ at random to win £50 worth of Bio-D household cleaning and laundry products.  This prize was won by Rebecca Ducker from York.