Transforming the role of the circular bioeconomy

BBIA is the UK trade body for companies producing bio-based and biodegradable products and promotes the circular bioeconomy

BBIA, advancing the UK circular bioeconomy

Welcome to the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), representing companies involved in the production of biodegradable polymers and finished products for the benefit of the environment.

Our members’ activities span a wide range of sectors and applications, providing a range of sustainable solutions that benefit both businesses and individual consumers. BBIA aims to develop the circular bioeconomy in the UK, promoting markets and production of bio-based and biodegradable chemicals, their transformation into consumer and other products and materials.

With increasing pressure to keep fossil fuels in the ground, bio-based alternatives can bridge the gap to meet demand. This can be done through the use of starch and glucose derivatives, as well as fibre reinforcements, including flax, hemp, sisal, jute and wood regenerated cellulose. The production of new biomaterials is opening up opportunities, creating jobs and wealth in the new green economy.

Chairman’s Message


BBIA’s inaugural Chair, Andy Sweetman, Marketing Manager at cellulose-based film producer Innovia Films, highlights the potential for the bio-based solutions to contribute to the UK economy. With a new government in place, the time is right to create a positive environment for investment. Read more


Promoting research, development and production of bio-based and biodegradable chemicals and their derived consumer products


Advancing study of environmental, economic and social impacts of bio-based products, including market research and consumer behaviour affecting use and acceptance of these materials


Encouraging debate and action in connected areas such as waste management, soil, air and water quality, farming, climate change, the marine environment and resource issues

Promoting recognised standards

Participation in the promotion and active development of nationally and internationally recognised standards and certification programmes for products according to their specific applications

Introducing our members

BBIA welcomes members from across the bio-based and biodegradable sector involved in designing and producing products to grow the bioeconomy.

Take a look at what our members are up to.

Our News

24Jun, 2016

BBIA partners in PLA-from-waste project, looking for stakeholder participants

By | June 24th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

BBIA is partnering in a consortium awarded a EU grant under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project, Res Urbis, led by the University of La Sapienza Rome, will experiment in the production of polylactic acid [...]

23Jun, 2016

Industrial Biotechnology workshop presentations now available on BBIA website

By | June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Our news|

Presentations for the workshop on industrial biotechnology and the UK's bioeconomy strategy organised by BBIA at the University of York on 28 April are now available for members in the Members' Area of the BBIA [...]

22Jun, 2016

Deadline for submissions to International Symposium on Biopolymers extended

By | June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Our news|

The deadline for abstracts submitted to the International Symposium on Biopolymers 2016 has been extended to 30 June. ISBP2016 is being held in Madrid on 26-29 September and as part of the event is calling for researchers [...]

14Jun, 2016

Consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe could treble by 2020

By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

The nova-Institute has published a comprehensive market study on the consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe, showing that the 100,000 tonnes consumed in 2015 could rise to 320,000 tonnes by 2020. Compostable [...]

9Jun, 2016

Spotlight on Scotland

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

Iris Anderson, BBIA Ambassador Scotland is striving, through various initiatives, to define and embrace the concepts of a circular economy as set out by the European Commission in its December 2015 package. The Scottish Circular [...]

On the Web

European Bioplastics backs revised EU sustainability report

European Bioplastics (EUBP) has backed a new European Parliament report on revised waste [...]

June 14th, 2016|

Fish eat plastic like teens eat fast food, researchers say

Young fish become hooked on eating plastic in the seas in the [...]

June 6th, 2016|

MPs sound alarm on neglected soils

Ministers are failing to protect Britain's soils on farmland and in cities, [...]

June 2nd, 2016|

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