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Founded 1992 as 'BioRegional Development Group'
Founder Sue Riddlestone, Pooran Desai
Type Limited company and Charitable trust
Focus Sustainability, Sustainable development, Environmentalism
Area served
Method Social enterprise, training
£1,380,000 Pound Sterling (2006-7)
Slogan Solutions for sustainability

BioRegional is an entrepreneurial charity, which aims to invent and deliver practical solutions for sustainability. It was founded in 1992 on the belief that overconsumption of resources was the driving force behind environmental degradation, and set out to find new ways to meet more of their needs from local resources.

BioRegional describe their vision of "a future in which everyone can enjoy a high quality of life, while living within their fair share of the Earth’s resources and leaving space for wildlife and wilderness." Their approach is similar to that of Bioregionalism, more popular in North America, but from a more mainstream, commercial angle.


BioRegional was founded in 1992 by Sue Riddlestone OBE and Pooran Desai OBE, and began life in the Sutton Ecology Centre. They first worked on local environmental projects, including the promotion of closed loop recycling in London and Surrey,[1] reviving lavender production in Mitcham and Carshalton,[2] setting up Croydon's TreeStation to turn waste municipal wood into biomass,[3] and establishing the BioRegional Charcoal Company Ltd who help a network of local charcoal producers sell to major retail stores.[4] These projects reflected BioRegional's aim of setting up social enterprises that could make the use of local and waste resources mainstream.

BioRegional began to expand in the late 1990s, and with the completion of BedZED they moved into their present offices in Hackbridge, London Borough of Sutton. From BedZED they developed with One Planet Living programme with WWF, which is the framework for all sustainable communities projects and has an equal influence over their vision as the original bioregionalism focus. Currently a One Planet Living communities is being built in Brighton.[5]

BioRegional currently have around 40 staff in London, as well as regional offices in China, Canada, South Africa, Kenya, Greece, Mexico, and Australia.

Founded in 2005, BioRegional North America is an affiliated Canadian non-profit organisation that specializes in fostering sustainable behavior change and collaborative consumption amongst occupants in new and existing buildings across the United States and Canada.[6]

Major current projects[edit]

  • One Planet Living communities, planned to be built in every continent by 2012 to demonstrate BioRegional's vision[7]
  • B&Q One Planet Home, developing a Sustainability Action Plan for the retailer and a customer-focused campaign and product range
  • The Laundry, a closed loop recycling social enterprise for small businesses in central London
  • One Planet Products, a sustainable construction materials buying club
  • HomeGrown Charcoal, produced through a decentralised network of charcoal burners to reduce transport CO2 by 90%
  • BioRegional MiniMills, developing technology to make paper pulp from straw and recover energy from the effluents
  • The EcoConcierge Program by BioRegional North America makes healthier, low-carbon lifestyles convenient for building occupants through hands-on services, building social capital, sustainable design, collaborative consumption, and community-based social marketing

Past projects[edit]

  • BedZED, the UK's largest eco-village
  • The sustainability strategy for the 2012 Olympics in London[8]
  • Reviving local lavender production in Carshalton and Mitcham
  • Croydon TreeStation, a solution for sustainable management of urban forestry to produce biomass fuel
  • Local Paper for London, Local Paper for Surrey, promoting closed loop recycling to businesses in these regions


Books published by BioRegional include:


  • 2011 - BioRegional's founders Sue Riddlestone OBE and Pooran Desai OBE were named Social Entrepreneurs of the Year at the Davos World Economic Forum by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship[9]
  • 2009 - BioRegional's founders Sue Riddlestone OBE and Pooran Desai OBE won the Skoll Social Entrepreneur Award.[10]
  • February 2008 - The City of London Corporation’s Sustainable City Awards: Sustainable Procurement category for One Planet Products
  • November 2007 - BioRegional Consulting win Sustainable Consultant of the year at Building awards.
  • June 2007 - Observer ethical awards for BioRegional MiniMills, Invention of the year.[11]
  • June 2007 - Observer ethical awards for Carshalton Lavender, Conservation Project of the Year.
  • May 2006 - Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy for Croydon TreeStation[12]
  • June 2005 - Banksia Award.
  • June 2004 - Home Grown Cereals Association Enterprise Award for BioRegional MiniMills
  • 2003 - Ashden Award – for their Zed into the Mainstream project
  • November 2002 - National Recycling Awards - Local Paper for London, Finalist, Best partnership project for Recycling.
  • January 2002 - Asian Innovation Award, Far Eastern Economic Review, commending the BioRegional MiniMills work.
  • February 2001 - National Grid Local Agenda 21 Award, for the community and environmental benefits of the Local Lavender project
  • 1997 - BioRegional Charcoal Company was one of the eight examples of best practice in sustainable development from around the world presented at Earth Summit 2 in New York.
  • 1996 MAFF Science into Practice Award for the BioRegional Charcoal Company
  • 1996 - Securicor Small Business Innovation Regional Award for the BioRegional Charcoal Company
  • 1995 - Rural Issue Award, from the Rural Development Commission for developing the BioRegional Charcoal Company enterprise.
  • 1995 - Lord Mayor of London Dragon Award for Business in the Community for the BioRegional Charcoal Company


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