How The Bio-D Story Started


How The Bio-D Story Started

In the 1980s, our company founder Michael Barwell’s job was to help maintain and clean commercial ships...

To carry out his job properly and adhere to health and safety protocol, he was required to wear full personal protective equipment, including a respirator. He looked at the ingredients of the products he used at work, then looked at the ingredients of the products he used at home and realised that they were just too similar.


As a member of Greenpeace, Michael was concerned about the massive harm consumer cleaning products were having on the environment. As a husband and a father, he was concerned about the effects these products might be having on the people using them.


Michael stopped cleaning ships and became captain of his own ship by founding Bio-D in 1989.


Michael has since retired. Lloyd Atkin, now owner of the business, has worked with Bio-D since 1996 and was instrumental in developing the current range of Bio-D products and is carrying on Michael’s legacy.