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Groene Beer (Green Bear) Established in 1993 by two forward-thinking students from the University Nijenrode, Groene Beer (Green Bear) Netherlands set out with a noble vision: to establish a hub for the distribution and production of natural, organic, and biodegradable products for consumers. Their mission was to make eco-friendly cleaning solutions both accessible and practical. With innovation, they succeeded in crafting a range of natural, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly cleaning products. In early 1995, Ingrid Visser joined the team, bolstering the business's efficiency and expanding its market share and eventually purchasing the company.

Green Bear UK

Mike, Carin, Bianca &Tanya Knowlton - Green Bear UKIn 2008, the vision extended across borders with the launch of Green Bear UK. Founded by Mike, Carin with daughters Bianca, Tanya, and their team, the UK-based website mirrors the ethos of our Dutch counterpart. Carin's Dutch heritage cemented the connection between the two ventures.

At Green Bear UK and Groene Beer NL, environmental responsibility is paramount. All products undergo stringent selection criteria to ensure they are environmentally benign or offer clear advantages over conventional alternatives. Our compliance with legislation provide customers with peace of mind in their purchases.

From modest beginnings, Green Bear UK has evolved to create unique ecological concentrated detergents and cleansing products, with the motto “little is more”. With our availability to use our manufacturers laboratory in the Netherlands, the company has the capability to tailor products to specific trade & industry needs.

Situated in Poole, Dorset, Green Bear UK has thrived, embracing eco-friendly practices across its operations. From energy-efficient LED lighting in the offices and warehouses, insulation, double glazing, refiltered air circulator with heater and Air conditioner to recycling and repurposing packaging, the company demonstrates its commitment to sustainability. Accredited by the "Good Shopping Guide" in consecutive years since 2021, Green Bear's ethical practices extend beyond our product range to encompass all aspects of our business.

In recent years, we has expanded our reach to include industrial consumers, developing bespoke eco-friendly products that benefit both industry and consumers alike. The Green Bear® & GBPro® trade brands have become a trusted choice for companies seeking sustainable solutions. Unlike some competitors, we prioritise product quality and capability, while remaining eco-friendly and cost-effective.

In our commitment to sustainability, we avoid the common practice of rebranding bulk products, instead focusing on designing stronger, more customised concentrated solutions that reduce plastic usage and promote recyclability with some products also accredited with the EU Ecolabel. Products like our Green Bear Bamboo socks and Aleppo soap are packaged in biodegradable and recyclable materials. Our plastic Mailers, when used, are made from recycled plastic and can be recycled again.

As we collectively strive to reduce our carbon footprint, Green Bear remains committed to protecting the environment and offering superior natural and eco-friendly concentrated cleaning products. With a dedicated team providing support, tips, advice and guidance, we invite you to join us on our journey towards a cleaner, greener future.


Green Bear UK Team

Selection of our customer base

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