Top Laundry Bleach Tips

Thought Bio-D Laundry Bleach was just for whitening clothes and removing stains? Think again! Here are three uses for this Allergy UK Allergy Friendly Product that will offer a helping hand in other areas of the home too…

1) Remove stains cups and mugs – if your mugs are tea- or coffee-stained (we’re guilty as charged), dissolve a small amount of Laundry Bleach in hot water and soak for a while. For tough stains, scrub gently, then wash and dry as usual.laundry bleach

2) Remove mould from tiled areas – dilute a small amount into hot water and pour into a spray bottle. Apply to surface and leave for 30 minutes, then gently scrub and rinse clean for spotless bathrooms.

3) Sanitise chopping boards, bottles, toys and more – dilute a small amount in a sink of hot water and leave items to soak for 20 minutes or longer, then wash as normal. (Note: do not soak wooden items.)

If you’re a fan of Bio-D Laundry Bleach, head over to our Facebook page to check out our competition to win £100 shopping voucher!

Supporting Indoor Allergy Week

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Picture1In this month’s newsletter, we have a laundry related theme where you can buy our Allergy UK Allergy Friendly laundry products on promotion and we’ll also be donating 10p from the sale of each pack to the fabulous Allergy UK Nurses Appeal.

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Hull directors smash fundraising target


Sara Holtby reaches the top of Totterdown Hill

Directors at Hull eco business, Bio-D have raised over £900 for charity after completing the gruelling ‘Big G’ Cyclosportive.

Despite training setbacks resulting from a dislocated shoulder and inclement weather on the day, Lloyd Atkin and Sara Holtby faced the 62k ‘Big G’ challenge with a smile and were delighted to raise so much money for the Allergy UK Nurses Appeal.

Of the achievement, Allergy UK’s fundraising manager, Julia Kitchenham congratulated them and said: “Thanks for sharing and I look forward to supporting you through your next fundraising challenge – on that note, is anyone up for a skydive??!”

Although not necessarily keen on the idea of a skydive, Bio-D’s Managing Director Lloyd Atkin said: “Allergy UK is our charity of the year and we wanted to undertake a significant challenge to raise vital funds.  We didn’t quite appreciate quite how much of a challenge it would be, but the funds raised more than make up for the pain! We set a target of £500, so were thrilled to get over £900.”

Allergy UK launched a nationwide fundraising appeal to raise £1million to provide specialist allergy nurses within communities across the UK last year. Allergy UK’s nurses will help to support GPs to meet the challenge the current allergy epidemic is placing on them within an already overloaded Primary Care health system.

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.”


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

Social media promotion raises £231 for Allergy UK Nurses Appeal

We’d like to share our latest press release with you;

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.