Bio-D oceans apart from rivals as it smashes plastic pledge target

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Mar 2019

Green cleaning company Bio-D has hit a target to use recycled plastic in its packaging years ahead of schedule.

The Hull business, based in Bergen Way, agreed to use at least 75 per cent waste plastic by 2025 when it signed up to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Commitment in October last year.

However, with six years to spare, 84 per cent of plastic used by Bio-D comes from recycled waste.

Lloyd Atkin, managing director at Bio-D, said: “Shocking images of waste in our oceans shown by Blue Planet and programmes like it have really highlighted the scale of the plastic problem facing our planet and this has helped drive demand for change from the public.

“As an ethical business which has been working to offer consumers a naturally-derived alternative to regular cleaning products since 1989, it’s always been our ethos to create products that are safe for both the environment and user and that goes so much further than just the ingredients that go into them.”

Bio-D agreed to use 75 per cent recycled plastic by 2025 (Bio-D)

As part of the Global Commitment, businesses across the world pledged to use an average of 25 per cent recycled content in their plastic packaging by 2025.

However, Bio-D set its own higher target of 75 per cent and it has reached this already by switching packaging on everything from spray bottles to small refill containers.

Read more: Hull business joins likes of Coca-Cola in signing global plastics pledge

The recycled packaging can then be used, refilled or recycled once again as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s vision to keep plastics in the economy and out of the environment.

Mr Atkin said: “Alongside our promise to only use ethically sourced ingredients which are vegan friendly, cruelty-free and have full traceability, the majority of our packaging is now made from plastic waste which might otherwise have gone to landfill.

84 per cent of plastic used by Bio-D comes from recycled waste (Getty Images)

“We believe we are setting an example to other businesses which is why we not only signed up to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s commitment, but also set ourselves much tougher targets which we have now exceeded.

“The question we have for other companies is if we can do it, why can’t they?”

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Bio-D joined major companies from around the world, including Carrefour, Colgate Palmolive, Danone, and The Coca-Cola Company in signing-up to the foundation’s commitment.

It is now working on its next target to move 100 per cent of the bottled Bio-D range into bottles made from waste plastic by the end of next year.

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