Bio-D wins Best Eco Product in YHL Awards

YHL AWARDS 2016 LOGO_WINWe’re absolutely over the moon to have won ‘Best Eco Product’ in the Your Healthy Living Magazine Awards 2016!

Our fragrance free Laundry Liquid, which is 100% hypoallergenic and approved by Allergy UK, beat off very stiff competition from the likes of Ecoleaf and If You Care to scoop the award, which was voted for by Your Healthy Living Magazine readers (pick up the magazine free from your nearest health food shop).

Our Laundry Liquid, like all Bio-D products, is made right here at Bio-D HQ from naturally-derived raw materials, and is completely free from synthetic chemicals, preservatives, enzymes and synthetic perfumes.  And like the rest of the Bio-D range, it’s approved by the Vegan Society and Cruelty Free International.

Lloyd Atkin, Managing Director, Bio-D said: “We often receive positive feedback on our unfragranced laundry liquid, with many people saying it’s the only product they can use as it’s suitable even for those with very sensitive skin and allergies. It’s wonderful to gain this further recognition from YHL readers and we’d like to thank everyone who voted – we’re delighted. “

Become a Bio-D Brand Ambassador!


Love Bio-D? We think you could be just who we’re looking for! We’re seeking fans of Bio-D to join us as brand ambassadors – want to get on board?

We value our customers’ opinions enormously, and are very keen to get your input into new product development and other elements of the Bio-D story as it continues to unfold and evolve.

We’re offering our brand champions a year’s worth of Bio-D goodies in exchange for feedback – we’ll hopefully get to meet you in person at an initial get-together at Bio-D HQ, and we’ll then keep in touch on email over the course of the year.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in, we’d love to hear from you – get in touch today!

How to apply

Simply drop us an email at, including the following information:

-          Your name, your age, where you live and a bit about your background – e.g. your work and home life

-          Why you love Bio-D. Tell us when you first started using Bio-D, which are your favourite products and why, and what it is about Bio-D that appeals to you. (For example, we’d love to hear if you think that our products are the best out there for vegans, as they’re approved by the Vegan Society; or if they’ve helped you or a family member who suffers from allergies, such as eczema or asthma)

And that’s it! We’ll be in touch once we’ve received your email.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Bio-D Team x

What is Limonene and is it used in Bio-D products?

You may have heard of the chemical limonene.

Some of our products contain a small amount of citrus-based, natural essential oils – orange, lime, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit and lemon – which each contain naturally-occurring limonene.

The amount of limonene that occurs in our products is minimal, and not enough to be transformed into respiratory irritants or harmful chemicals.

We are proud to produce the UK’s only 100% hypoallergenic range of household detergents, which gets the seal of approval from our customers who suffer from allergies.

“I’m a vegan with eczema, and my previous brand of laundry liquid that didn’t upset my skin was non vegan, which I hated. Other natural brands I was allergic to, or they just didn’t work. Your Laundry Liquid is great, and the Lavender Fabric Conditioner smells amazing. Best of all, within a week of using your Geranium Hand Wash, my hands are no longer dry and cracked and sore.” Bryony Large

 “Your Laundry Liquid is literally the only product on the market which actually gets clothes clean, without upsetting my daughter’s eczema and my son’s asthma. The Glass and Mirror Cleaner is the only one we’ve ever found which gets windows and mirrors clean without upsetting my son and daughter’s breathing, we use it on the car windscreen as well as in the house.” Jan Loxley Blount

Did you know next week (25th April -1st May) is Allergy Awareness Week? Our fragrance free laundry products are accredited by Allergy UK; find out more about their Allergy Awareness Week activity here.

An update on our packaging

You may have noticed that some of our products have a slightly different look at the moment…276424-BIO-D-WASHING-UP-LIQUID-750ML

We’re experiencing a temporary issue with our bottle supply, which we hope to resolve quickly. Rest assured that the change is aesthetic only! These temporary bottles are still recyclable and the quality of your favourite Bio-D products is not affected.

#CleanGreen16 – easy tips for being greener at home

Our #CleanGreen16 campaign aims to get everyone cleaning greener at home this year. As part of the campaign, for every order placed on the Bio-D website in 2016, we’ll donate 50 pence to The Wildlife Trusts, a fantastic group of charities that works to recover wildlife across the UK.

Need some motivation to kick-start your own ‘CleanGreen16′? Check out these easy top tips for being greener at home:

1) Buy refillable bottles and refill products - you’ll buy — and dispose of — fewer containers over time

2) Don’t use more product than the directions indicate using extra laundry liquid or fabric softener won’t get clothes cleaner and fresher! Simply follow the instructions for best results.

3) Look for concentrated cleaning formulas – it’s a cliché but it’s true: with Bio-D products, a little really does go a long way. Our concentrated products are highly effective and use less packaging than other products.

water-running-tap4) Does that tap really need to be on? Turn taps off while brushing teeth – and teach children to do the same. Two minutes of unnecessary water usage each day can waste up to five gallons of water. Fix any leaky taps too.

5) If using a dishwasher, run it full when possible - it uses half or less of the water and energy used when washing the same dishes by hand. And don’t waste water by rinsing before loading – it’s not usually necessary with newer machines.

6) Cold wash where you can – unless items are very dirty, switch to below 40 on your washing machine to save energy and money. You’ll use up to 40% less electricity over a year than washing at higher temperatures. All Bio-D washing products are effective at lower temps!

7) Eat organic – start with organic versions of items known to have high pesticide levels: they include tomatoes, cucumbers, oranges, apples. Better still, consider growing your own! (See below).

compost-pile8) CleanGreen composting – starting a compost pile in your garden is easier than you think. Buy a compost bin and get started – check out this guide here. And be patient – the process won’t happen overnight but it’s worth the rewards.

9) Energy-efficient lighting – opt for super-efficient LED lighting where possible, and consider installing dimmer switches for energy saving of up to 30%

10) And a general rule for a clean and green 16: switch off and turn down! Not rocket science – if electrical appliances aren’t in use, switch them off. And grab a jumper or a blanket instead of hiking up the thermostat.

Happy #CleanGreen16! Tell us on social media how you’re cleaning greener at home this year – don’t forget to use the hashtag #CleanGreen16.

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 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.