Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th March 2023 Issue no. 1056
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Green cleaning company boosts eco credentials by saving c.45 tonnes of virgin plastic
Ethical cleaning company Bio-D has released its first annual Sustainability Report, outlining key achievements and company commitments to successfully create cleaning products that don't cost the Earth in any sense.
Outlining the organisation’s economic, social and environmental impacts, the report details how Bio-D has saved 43.59 tonnes of virgin plastic over the last 12 months by creating bottled packaging from post-consumer waste.
Reflecting the brand's mission, vision and values, the report highlights many significant accomplishments that have helped Bio-D become a leading manufacturer of environmentally responsible, ethically sound, vegan cleaning products in the UK.
As the first UK cleaning consumer brand to use this form of packaging, 2019 saw 80% of the full Bio-D range made from post-consumer waste.
Refill sales also increased by 102% from 2018 to 2019, with 257 refill centres currently available to refill Bio-D products across the country.
However, with Bio-D dedicated to becoming the most responsible supplier of cleaning and personal care products on the planet, it has pledged to do even more across the company to further reduce its environmental impact.
This includes a much-anticipated goal to create a laundering service for packaging, whereby used containers are cleaned and can then be reused. Eagerly awaited by Bio-D customers, this is something the team has been working hard on implementing over the past couple of years and is currently being trialled by the company.
Bio-D is also conducting a Carbon Impact study of the company's processes to set goals for following years, alongside creating two concentrated products to reduce the amount of water usage required in production, and ensuring that post-consumer waste packaging exceeds the use of virgin plastics by 2025.
Lloyd Atkin, managing director at Bio-D, says of the report: "Sustainability in business is a real priority for us, and always has been.
"With our customers expecting our products to deliver on quality with minimal environmental impact, we care about doing the right thing. Our customers inspire us to do our best across the board, from our manufacturing and operating processes to our supply chain and product development.
"Our refill containers have always been a great way to help reduce plastic consumption. They're particularly popular with wholesalers and independent stores looking to encourage their customers to use less packaging. However, since May 2019 even our smaller consumer bottles have been created from 100% post-consumer waste, meaning they also make much less of an impact on the environment.
"We believe that our Sustainability Report demonstrates Bio-D's commitment to not only ethical and transparent practices, but also the responsible management of our environmental impacts and economic and social value."
With pledges now set in place, Bio-D will produce future reports on an annual basis to review progress and key areas of the business.
Established in 1989, Hull, East Yorkshire-based Bio-D uses only plant-based or naturally derived ingredients to produce its environmentally responsible, ethically sound, hypoallergenic, vegan products – all of which are created in the UK with complete traceability on all ingredients used to ensure they are ethically and sustainably sourced.
Endorsed by Cruelty Free International, The Vegan Society and Allergy UK, Bio-D’s products meet the standards for commercial food preparation otherwise known as BSEN1276.
20th August 2020