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We care about the environment.

Green Oil was created a result of a mountain bike ride through the River Quaggy.
And Simon Nash it's founder not being able to find a biodegradable lubricant.
Other lubes said 'Dangerous for the Environment' on the bottle.
So Simon created his own whilst at Southampton University.

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PTFE and Petrochemicals go into the environment via bicycles every year.

Green Oil seeks to stop this. With plant based biodegradable formulas.

The original Green Oil chain lube was created after a ride through the river Quaggy near Elmstead Woods- and a failed search to find a petrochemical free lubricant. Simon created the Green Oil formula in his last year at University, and through testing in Lords Wood Southampton, it worked.
Many big corporations use PTFE in their lubes. PTFE makes a carcinogen in its production, and does not biodegrade. PTFE lubes often misleadingly claim their formulas are biodegradable despite this.

Green Oil UK Ltd makes the only genuinely green range of bicycle maintenance fluids. Green Oil is the greenest bike fluid range in the World. We're a commercial partner Friends of the Earth and our formulas work well. Green Oil chain lube gives in excess of 125 miles between applications. That's a performance beating many toxic chain lubes.

Green Oil UK is rider owned and run.
Based in Brixton, the Green Oil UK is owned by Simon Nash who enjoys cycling every day, and weekend trips away.

Green Oil was created, because nothing similar was available. Simon Nash, the company founder was riding his bike through the river Quaggy, near Elmstead Woods in Bromley. He realized his chain was in the water, and lots of rides involve a river crossing. Looking for an alternative to a petrochemical polluting lube, nothing was available.

Most brands available at the time were imported.
And didn't even bother to have recycling information on. Many had the 'Dangerous for the Environment' dead fish and tree logo on. 'No one should make lube like this' he thought. Of course, every fluid used on your bike ends up in the environment. PTFE accumulates in the food chain, and petrochemicals pollute rivers and wildlife, so what's in your chain lube is important.

In his last year at University, Green Oil was developed. It utilized only plant based, and sustainably sourced ingredients rather than petrochemicals. Recycling information was clear, and sustainability incorporated from the beginning. The first bottle sold to the public was to a man in Trafalgar Square, London as cyclists gathered to watch the Tour de France, which in 2007 started in London.


 
           

 

A rough time line of Green Oil UK

Summer 2007: First batch made with labels printed on a home printer. First bottle sold to two cyclists watching Le Tour de France screens in London's Trafalgar Square.

October 2007: Green Oil chain lube is recommended by the Ecologist Magazine. This publication, owned by the Right Honorable Zac Goldsmith gave Green Oil its first boost, and sales, plus credibility. Important for a small company run from a shed! Around the same time, a big advert was placed in MBUK and the first stockist came on board, the famous Hayle Cycles in Cornwall.

January 2008: What Mountain Bike gave Green Oil chain lube their Gold Award. This helped a lot with getting the product into bike shops. The same month 'Green Oil UK Limited' was incorporated on the kitchen table of a family friend, and the business started to grow.

Bottles were still hand filled and capped by the now 'company director', Simon Nash. They say when a company starts, everyone is 'chief cook and bottle washer'. Well at Green Oil, it was a case of 'chief executive, bottle filler, packer, bottle labeler and marketing guy'! The company grew, as did its ambitions...

Green Oil was made with second hand processing equipment, and filled through an adapted beer tap. Labels were originally made of recycled 'gum' paper. They were printed on an old Epsom printer (later upgraded to a Brother as the cartridges are easier to refill!), cut with a guillotine and hand applied. Simon Nash claims to have hand labeled more than 20,000 bottles. See how here:

 

Numerous bike shops took on the lube. Awards for product performance continued to come, and the first scale up came about. A small bottling machine which filled the bottles to the right level consistently was purchased. Before this, it had to be judged by eye with the beer tap!

2008-2009: The range then grew, with Green Clean, Clean Chain degreaser and Ecogrease. With distributors taking an interest in taking Green Oil to the next level, Simon decided to scale the company up - in order to actually get some sleep rather than hand labeling bottles until the early hours every time there was an order.

2009: A bank loan from the London Rebuilding Society was granted, and manufacturing started in Wales.

January 2010: Green Oil 'Closes the loop' with country's first bottle in 100% recycled plastic
The film 'The Corporation' mentions this concept. The loop of manufacture and recycling. So for packaging, you use a bottle, it gets recycled into a new bottle, filled, used, then recycled again. This can be a closed loop, independent of nature - so with no oil drilling necessary for new virgin plastic. This principle is built into Green Oil's ethos.

March 2010: Green Oil launches World's first fairly traded bike product - the Ecosponge
The plant based sponge forms part of the Eco Rider set and is made using fair trade principles.

July 2010: Upgrade Bikes takes on distribution of Green Oil in the UK, a long awaited achievement. Matt and Damian, the men behind the DMR brand get the range into numerous shops and the number of distributors world wide grows after this point. Clean Chain degreaser becomes Upgrade's biggest selling product!

August 2010: Green Oil UK Featured on the BBC News!
The BBC's Tim Muffet comes to visit the Eco Cabin where Green Oil UK began, and Simon Nash has his five minutes of fame. The feature boosts the brand.



August 2010: - World's First FSC bicycle product created and launched. The Green Oil Bicycle Brush launches successfully, made from sustainable wood. Described by Dirt Magazine's Deputy Editor as 'The Finest Brush in the Industry', the Bicycle Brush is an antidote for plastic bristles and nasty plastic handles. Forestry Stewardship Council certification guarantees the sustainability of the wood - so it doesn't cause deforestation like many other wood products.

September 2010: Green Oil moves from the bedroom and Eco Cabin in Bromley to an office above the Body Shop in Brixton high street.

October 2010: Bike Biz Rising Star Award won!
Green Oil gets some well deserved industry recognition after a lot of hard work!

March 2011: Simon Nash short-listed for the Institute of Directors Award. Specifically, South East Region's New Business Director of the Year Award, down to the final 30 from more than 300 entries. A few months before Simon is featured in Director Magazine.

September 2011: This South London Business Best Business for Sustainability Award won. It was a great achievement, and nicely complemented the Bromley Environment Award won in 2008. However, the business award ceremony then went on, and Green Oil UK won the prestigious Bromley Business of the Year Award! They liked the fact Green Oil is genuinely green, we actually make stuff, and the fact we sold to China!

November 2011: Green Oil moves to The Old Granary: The Tunstall Road office was great, but the land lady didn't pay her bills - leaving three business tenants at risk with her building being taken away. Whether it was her fault or the service charge company taking advantage as many do, the risk was too high and Simon made the hard decision to move from there to a more professional premises at the end of the lease.

Green Oil's new premises, The Old Granary is 120 years old and has a metal scale in the ride-through arch - for weighing horses and their carts carrying grain. Neglected for years, the almost derelict unit was fixed and fitted with lambs wool insulation and LED lighting to reduce the carbon footprint - and stop fresh air blowing in through the roof! The Old Granary is where Basement Jaxx And Turin Breaks once produced their music, many of there hits were produced and recorded there. Coldharbour Lane where the Old Granary sits is where John Major once lived.

 

 

             
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2012 (Olympic London Year!):
The Green Oil range is re-branded: The brand values of Performance, British Manufacturing and Sustainability are shown with the new branding. Simply, with the old branding sales were not as they should have been.

Many of the images used are from World War Two. The war itself was of course a bad thing, but some of the things that came about were good. People coming together, growing your own food, fixing things and community spirit. This reflects the green revolution we all need to be a part of today. That why our slogan is 'join the revolution'.

The green revolution isn't about overthrowing the government, its about changing the way we live and purchase. Choose green products, use public transport and bikes rather than cars. Playing our part, we put green living tips on every bottle.

'Join the revolution' also refers to the revolution of cogs- we need more bikes to make the world greener, and riding is fun, the best way to relax and refresh your mind!

'Cross Cycled caps' are used on Green Clean bike cleaner. Literally, reclaimed fizzy drinks caps are used on the 1 litre bottle after a chance discovery that they fit! This is a world first to our knowledge - no other company uses another company's packaging, after consumers have in this way. We name it 'cross cycling'.

The Green Oil On Tour is successfully launched, the pocket version of Green Oil chain lube. Thousands of bottles are sold.

               
                   
 

2013: Recycled plastic used for the Eco Rider Deluxe set: The set that includes a pack of seeds has recycled plastic phased in. The Green Oil 100ml bottles already made of 100% recycled plastic, we successfully introduce a plastic tub for our Eco Rider Deluxe set.

January 2014: i-Ride is appointed as the new UK distributor for Green Oil to really reach its full potential. At the same time, Agent Apple is launched, a new super powerful degreaser - like Agent Orange's eco friendly cousin!

February 2015: Simon appears on Dragons Den! Riding into the after very little sleep, days of preparation and a last minute bike clean in the hotel shower, it was an interesting yet short feature. Deborah Meaden said "Based on the figures, I'd have to take more than 50% to justify an investment".
Piers Linnay said he bought a bottle of Green Oil in a bike shop in Brighton. He like it when using it on his down hill bike.

November 2015: New branding introduced. William Pearson, director of the World's oldest bike shop, Pearson Cycles gives Simon some packaging advice at a seminar, which helped form the new Green Oil look.

2016: New branding introduced further and sales increase. One very large online retailer stops selling Green Oil as it cuts brands. This was largely due to the ignorance of a buyer who was confused and trick by a claim by Muc-off their there PTFE lube was biodegradable. (PTFE is NOT biodegradable). The company cut a number of brands with terrible consequences. Green Oil go on the attack with a video explaining how other lubricant brands greenwash. See it here.
Buyer subsequently removed and Green Oil restocked some months later.

Video exposing PTFE polluters

2017: Green Oil launches a successful Kickstarter for Green Oil EcoSpray Lube - a green alternative to GT-85 and other PTFE spray cans lubricants. Half way through it nearly doesn't make it. But in the end it worked out, and within two months EcoSpray Lube is manufactured. The video is here.

.Kickstarter Video

A new video exposing the legal loop hole abused by numerous brands making dubious 'biodegradable' lube claims is exposed by Green Oil in a hard hitting comedy video, 'How to make your own biodegradable lubricant'. Lubricants only have to be 60% biodegradable for them to say 'biodegradable' on the bottle - that is how so many brands are legally allowed to say their products are biodegradable when they contain petrochemicals and PTFE. (A rule set by a body called the OECD).

Legal loophole for biodegradable lubricants

2018: A challenging year, but Agent Apple Extreme Immersion Degreaser is launched, along with a new display rack which helps mentally handicapped people - it's made by them and gives them workplace skills. Eco friendly too, with reclaimed pallet wood used.

Simon Nash launches EcoWarrior.
Youtube Channel EcoWarrior created to raise environmental awareness.
See it and be blown away here!

Thank you for joining the Green Oil revolution.


               
  Simon Nash in Two Wheels Good Bike shop, in Bicycle Navi Magazine                
 
Some Awards we're proud to have won:



               
 

 

Bromley Environment Award. A proud achievement back in 2008, the Award was presented by Sian Lloyd, the TV weather presenter on ITV.

Curiously, a co-winner was a teacher from Simon's school, who helped turn some derelict land from a car park into a nice garden in Widmore Green, Bromley.

The trophy is made from recycled glass. It was presented by Bromley Council. The council must be also thanked for Bromley's excellent recycling scheme.

Bromley Environment Award

           
                         
   

Future 100 Award. This award recognizes companies that could be the future FTSE 100. Whilst we don't plan on going public to risk being bought out like Ben&Jerry's, or the Body Shop, the award was most appreciated.

Picture shows Simon Nash and Sian Lloyd at the Bromley Environment Awards.

Future 100 Award              
                     
   

Green Halo Award This award was given at the UK Aware show because we had the greenest stand.
UK Aware is an environment show, so this was really great to get.

We use recycled wood for our display racks, our table, and also only use banners now from Greenhouse Graphics - they use natural fibers and ink, rather than kinky let polluting PVC! Our genuine passion came through with this award.

New Creative Green Halo Award              
                     
    Ecovate Green Business Innovator Lean Manufacturing (runner up) This Award was based on supply chain management. The trophy was really cool, made from reclaimed cogs from watches and wire. It was shaped like a food on a toe, to represent our low environmental footprint. Ecovate Award              
                     
    'Turned an idea into a success story' This was an accolade really rather than an award, but
Green Oil was featured on the BBC Breakfast News. Bill Turnbull, the presenter said "Simon has turned an idea idea into a success story". A great privilege to have that said on the national news.
BBC accolade            
                     
    Bike Biz Rising Star award 2010 Green Oil UK had just appointed a distributor and things were on the up. An expanded range and a scale up to product production in Wales, Green Oil was unstoppable. All from a company that started in a log cabin in Kent! Bike Biz Rising Star Award 2010            
                     
    Bromley Best Business for Sustainability 2011 These awards were organized by South London Business. Green Oil UK was praised for its approach to sustainability. 'Sustainability' refers to the UN's definition of sustainable development - 'Meeting the needs of current generations, without inhibiting the ability of future generations to meet their needs'.
Since this time, the word 'sustainable' has been hijacked in the media as a phrase for short term economic growth for the next 5 years - like hardwood furniture companies and road expansion, which only really serve the current generation if that, relying on fossil fuels, destruction of forests.
We were really pleased and honored to win this award for genuine sustainability..
Bromley Best Business for Sustainability            
                     
    Bromley Business of the Year 2011 It was a great honor to win Best Business for Sustainability, but then at the end of the evening, a special award was announced, and Green Oil UK Ltd was crowned 'Bromley Business of the Year 2011'. We were chuffed, and thanks to everyone at South London Business for running the awards.

This Award is on the right behind the Sustainability Award.

Bromley Best Business for Sustainability            
                     
    UK Green Apple Award
Products Category, Gold Winner 2012
Awarded in the ceremony held in the UK Parliament, and honor to win in 2012.
Green Apple Award            
                     
    PEA Awards Runner Up
We were in the top 3 for the PEA Awards, a close call and no prize, but a great event to be involved with.
PEA Awards            
                     
    The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards
A Finalist, we lost out to BT!
Guarian Sustainable Business Awards            
                     
    Peace and Environment Award 2017 Travel Winner!
Proud to win a PEA Award, by MyGreenPod the organization created by green superstar Jarvis Smith!
Simon Nash wins PEA Award 2017              
 

 

                 
                   
 
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