Bioregional was founded as a charity and social enterprise in 1994 by Sue Riddlestone and Pooran Desai, two environmental entrepreneurs based in South London, who wanted to develop more sustainable ways of living.
We created our One Planet Living framework in 2003 from our experiences of planning and working with others to develop the multi-award-winning BedZED eco-village in South London, where our headquarters is still based.
Using this learning, we provide a range of sustainability consultancy services that make it easier for people to live sustainable lives within the planet's boundaries by:
- helping major developers create pioneering eco-communities
- supporting businesses, including retailers, to create sustainable products and services
- delivering projects with communities around the world to enable them to take local climate action and build their environmental resilience
Our on-the-ground experience and creative thinking now spans five continents.
We work in four main ways:
One Planet Living
We provide advice, tools and training to use our One Planet Living® framework and showcase the leaders. Some 1.3 million people now live in, work at, and visit places that have a deep commitment to One Planet Living.
Sustainability consultancy services
We help companies plan and implement innovative and visionary sustainability strategies, products and services, so people can consume sustainably.
Sustainable homes and communities
We help developers create homes and communities that make it easy to live a good life, embedding One Planet Living into design, construction and operation. Through our subsidiary Bioregional Homes we also build our own truly sustainable 'One Planet Communities'.
Land use and Nature-based solutions
From forestry to lavender farming, Bioregional has long been a pioneer of regenerative nature-based solutions that address both the climate and ecological crises. We collaborate with partners to deliver practical projects and new innovative business models for protecting and restoring land for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Influencing wider change
Building on our practical experience, we nurture wider alliances and share powerful stories that inspire others and influence policy.
Bioregional Development Group is a registered charity no. 1041486 and company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 2973226.