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 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

Past projects




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