Guest post: Why Bio-D is an Ethical Consumer ‘Best Buy’

Image result for ethical consumer magazineThe highly respected Ethical Consumer magazine awards their much sought-after ‘Best Buy’ label only ‘to those products whose environmental and ethical record warrant it’.

We’re very proud to have been given the label and spoke to Tim Hunt, the magazine’s co-editor for the below guest post on what the label means for you, the consumer. (You can read more about our other accreditations and external recognition here!)

Guest post by Tim Hunt, co-editor, Ethical Consumer:

It’s Bio-D’s ethical ethos that has earned the company a much sought-after Best Buy Label. Their products are a must-have for those who care about animal rights and the environment.


Who are Ethical Consumer?

Ethical Consumer is a not-for-profit co-operative based in Manchester with a mission to make global businesses more sustainable through consumer pressure.

Our small but dedicated research team provides consumers with the tools and resources they need to make informed ethical choices every time they shop.

But we do a lot more than publish shopping guides.

We also run and collaborate on campaigns on key ethical issues.

For example, we've recently set up the Fair Tax Mark and Save Our Bank campaigns.

Plus, we work with a wide range of organisations and businesses to help them improve their own ethics.

Our Mission - Ethical Consumer from Ethical Consumer on Vimeo.


Our rating system

Our work of rating companies against a wide range of ethical and environmental criteria is still central to what we do.

It’s our rating system that enables us to sort out who the ethical companies really are and helps us to award the Best Buy Label.


So, what's so special about our Best Buy Label?

Unlike other ethical accreditation schemes, we believe that the label is unique because it looks in detail at the ethical record of the company behind the product, as well as the environmental and ethical credentials of the product itself.

We like to think of our Best Buy Label as the gold standard in ethical shopping and only a handful of super-ethical companies are eligible to receive it.

Our research and ratings system focuses on four main categories: animal rights; people; politics and environment plus product sustainability.

In each of these categories we rate brands on both their ethical policies before giving them a score out 18 and ranking them against other brands in their market.

You can find out more about our scoring system on the Ethical Consumer website.

We believe that our approach, which ranks companies on this broad set of criteria, helps shoppers avoid falling for ethical and environmental claims that turn out to be little more than greenwash.

Based on the findings in our product guides, we identify and recommend a number of environmental and ethical Best Buy products in over 120 product categories from bread to banks.  


Bio-D scores well across Ethical Consumer ranking

We rated and ranked Bio-D in our recent special report on household cleaners.

This report includes seven product guides on everything from hand wash to multi-surface-cleaners and Bio-D scores consistently well in each guide scoring an average of 15.5 out of 18.

This high score is because of the company's approach to some key issues in the sector, including animal rights and the use of toxic chemicals.

In fact, the company picks up marks straight away as an “innovative environmental alternative” as the company shuns a host of nasty ingredients including petroleum-derived additives, chlorine bleaches and optical brighteners.


Free from toxic chemicals

More specifically when compiling our household products report we also looked at whether a company uses toxic chemicals, in particular a group of chemicals called parabens and phthalates.

Recent studies indicate that these chemicals may be linked to the development of cancers and are known as hormone disrupters as they mimic the body's naturally occurring hormones with worrying consequences.

Bio-D provide a long list of chemicals that they ban from their products, including phthalates and parabens, plus anything derived from petroleum. Consequently, the company received Ethical Consumer’s best rating for its toxic chemicals policy.

In addition to a best rating on toxic chemicals, Bio-D also received a best rating for its environmental reporting and supply chain management.

The latter was due to the fact all its products are produced in the UK where labour standards are high. The former was due to the company’s ethos and sustainable production of plant based products. The company is also GM and nanotech free.


Doing well on animal rights

Bio-D has been awarded the Leaping Bunny logo by the campaign group Cruelty Free International. This means that none of Bio-D's products have been tested on animals plus all their products are also Vegan Society approved.


In the future

We know that Bio-D will maintain its sound ethical record and continue to maintain its core ethical values which have been such an essential ingredient to its success.

With this in mind we’re sure that Bio-D will continue to hold the Best Buy Label long into the future.

Bio-D receives a Best Buy for: Dishwasher powder; hand wash; household cleaners; laundry detergent; toilet cleaner and washing up liquid.


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