Think of all the various cleaning products you use around the home: washing up liquid, surface sprays, bleach, soaps, detergents, dishwasher tablets… it’s a pretty overwhelming amount of stuff. It’s no wonder we opt for the same supermarket products over and over. It keeps things simple.
But what if we told you that these products could be doing active harm – both to the environment, and to you? As it turns out, many of the chemicals in everyday cleaners are causing immeasurable amounts of pollution – and could be affecting your health, too.
That’s why we wanted to shine a little spotlight onto a company doing things differently: Bio-D. This Yorkshire-based outfit makes cleaning products that are environmentally friendly, gentle on skin, 100% plant-based and cruelty-free.
Bio-D products are accredited by a whole host of independent organisations, and they make nearly all their products on-site. Plus, they keep their range as affordable as possible. Let’s take a closer look at this B-corp company and what makes them exceptional.
A company taking responsibility
The Bio-D story starts with their founder, Michael Barwell, cleaning commercial ships in the 1980s. It involved a wide range of nasty cleaning chemicals, and he wore a protective respirator all day. When Michael found out that plenty of these chemicals could be found in household cleaners, he was shocked.
Michael was determined to find naturally-derived alternatives – ones that would clean safely and effectively without harming people or the environment. He wanted people to know what was in his products, and operate with transparency and integrity. In 1989, Bio-D was born.
Because they make all their own products right here in the UK, Bio-D have complete traceability on all their ingredients and packaging. This way, they can ensure everything they use is ethically and sustainably sourced. In their packaging, they use either 100% recycled plastic, recyclable cardboard or metal tins.
Bio-D is also a B Corp, meaning their business is a force for good – not just for the planet, but also their workers, communities and customers. Every year Bio-D publicly release a sustainability report to outline their impact some of their recent achievements include, a switch to online business meetings which has helped to decrease carbon emissions by 44%, manufacturing all products using solar energy and achieving Gold in their Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.
Natural, gentle ingredients
Have you struggled to find detergents that don’t irritate your skin? Do you spray down the bathroom and find you have to take a break from the fumes? Conventional cleaning chemicals can be the cause of all sorts of nasty allergic reactions, respiratory irritation and chemical burns.
Bio-D instead opts for gentler, natural ingredients – all vegan, cruelty free and Allergy UK certified. Bio-D products do not include common ingredients such as chlorine bleach, phthalates, phosphates, synthetic dyes or perfumes, enzymes, formaldehyde or GMO ingredients. These are all either harmful pollutants or known irritants.
Cleaning that doesn’t cost the earth
One of the great things about switching to Bio-D is that they’re a one-stop shop for all your cleaning needs – so you don’t need to compromise on any of your products. From laundry detergent powder, laundry bleach and stain remover o more obscure items like furniture polish or reusable nappy wash, Bio-D has an eco-friendly version.
Whilst supermarket chemical cleaners are still likely to be a little cheaper, Bio-D products are much more affordable than many other eco-friendly alternatives. Considering they’re made in the UK from plant-derived ingredients, they’re excellent value. Quite a few products, such as their laundry bleach, will even save you money compared to the big brands.
Bio-D believe in being held accountable by external, independent organisations who have extremely high standards. This is why they partner with so many institutions making a positive difference.
Bio-D’s accreditations include:
- B Corp – indicating a leader in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. B Lab measures a company’s entire social and environmental impact.
- Vegan Trademark – certified free from animal products and free from animal testing.
- Cruelty Free International – gold standard for cruelty free products, with standards over and above legal requirements.
- Allergy UK – scientifically tested to a protocol developed by a panel of international allergists and scientists.
- Ethical Consumer Best Buy – approved by an independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative with open membership.
- BRC Global Standards – a market leading global safety and quality certification programme, indicating products that are safe, legal and of high quality.
- ISO 14001:2015 – an international standard helping organisations reduce environmental impact as well as grow business.
Our Bio-D range of sustainable cleaning products
Our Bio-D range helps you on your way to a more sustainable laundry and cleaning routine. Take a look at the full Bio-D range on SaveMoneyCutCarbon here.