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 Futamura UK, reflects on BBIA’s first year and looks forward to challenges and opportunities to come. 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

20Oct, 2016

Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network (LBNet) funding opportunities: POC and BIV

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

The LBNet Proof Of Concept (POC) call is now open. The deadline to submit POC proposals is 11 November 2016. This funding call will be for projects focussed on feasibility studies and development of enabling technologies for the [...]

12Oct, 2016

Innovate 2016

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

Innovate 2016, the UK's leading innovation conference, exhibition and networking event bringing together those needing and providing funding, connections, support and international business opportunities, takes place in Manchester next month. The conference, hosted by the [...]

15Sep, 2016

New €3.8 million SuperBIO project to support industrial innovation within the EU bioeconomy

By | September 15th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

Bioeconomy consultancy NNFCC is to provide innovation services to the new Horizon 2020 SuperBIO project, which aims to provide innovation services to SMEs to support the development of cross-border value chains within the bioeconomy. It is doing [...]

12Sep, 2016

The Importance of Design

By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

Iris Anderson, BBIA Ambassador In a circular economy, design has a major role to play. The use of biomaterials requires design that enhances the functionalities of the material. For example, theAdnams distribution centre at Southwold [...]

4Aug, 2016

Start-ups and research projects sought for Young Biotech Award 2016

By | August 4th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

Biotechnology start-ups or projects are being sought to apply for the Young Biotech Award 2016. Leading French biocluster Genopole has launched the award for the sixth time this week and has for the first time [...]

On the Web

Scottish bioeconomy gets £1.5m funding boost

Funding of £1.5 million is to be made available for businesses and research [...]

October 20th, 2016|

Germany could call for removal of EU recycling targets

The German government wants all recycling targets in the EU’s Circular Economy Package [...]

September 20th, 2016|

France could face legal action over disposable plates and cutlery ban

The French Government could face legal action after a law was passed to [...]

September 20th, 2016|

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