Science-of-beauty

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

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BBIA’s inaugural Chair, Andy Sweetman, Marketing Manager at Futamura UK, considers the progress BBIA has made over its first two years and the work still to do. Read more

Market
development

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

Consumer
awareness

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

Industry
engagement

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.

BBIA has produced a series of case studies of BBIA members for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which is seeking to to produce a strategy that will encourage a world leading bioeconomy appropriate to the UK’s industrial structure and availability of natural resources.

Click here to see case studies from BBIA members Aquapak, BioBag, Ecospray, Futamura, Snow Business, Vegware and Woolcool to see how they are helping to grow the bioeconomy in the UK.

Our News

6Jul, 2018

IBioIC call for Phd programme 2019 applications

By | July 6th, 2018|Categories: Our news|

The call for PhD Projects to enter IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) PhD Programme in October 2019 is now open. IBioIC welcomes applications from its academic partners (Scotland and N8 partnership) in joint collaboration with any of its [...]

2Jul, 2018

Plastics recycling in the UK: Some thoughts from Green Alliance

By | July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Our news|

Following the publication of Resourcing the Future's (RTF) report on plastics, 'Eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042: a use-based approach to decision and policy-making', and BBIA's corresponding response, please find below links to blog posts [...]

28Jun, 2018

BBIA contests findings of report produced for Resourcing the Future on plastic waste

By | June 28th, 2018|Categories: Our news|

BBIA criticises Resourcing the Future’s (RTF) report on plastics, ‘Eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042: a use-based approach to decision and policy-making’, for the misinformation on bioplastics contained in the report. BBIA feels that the report [...]

14Jun, 2018

BBIA clarifies role of compostable packaging in the circular economy

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Our news|

The BBIA has published a document aiming to clarify the role of biodegradable packaging in the circular economy and clear up persisting myths around compostable bioplastics. The document defines as compostable 'materials which are certified to biodegrade [...]

11Jun, 2018

BBIA, European Bioplastics and the USA Bioplastics Institute respond to misconceptions in National Geographic article on plastic waste

By | June 11th, 2018|Categories: Our news|

The BBIA has penned a joint letter with European Bioplastics and the USA Bioplastics Institute in response to an article published in National Geographic. The article plays on a series of misconception regarding bioplastics and the [...]

On the Web

Biodegradable plastic made from ‘tree glue’ could be on shelves within five years

Biodegradable plastic that can be tossed out with food scraps could be on [...]

July 6th, 2018|

Environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and packaging

A form of environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be [...]

July 6th, 2018|

Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste

New bioplastics are being made in laboratories from straw, wood chips and food [...]

July 6th, 2018|

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  • RWM 2018

    September 12 @ 10:00 am - September 13 @ 5:00 pm

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