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

23May, 2016

How bio-based solutions are helping solve sanitation problems in developing countries

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

Loowatt produces clean and chemical-free human waste solutions for events in the UK and for domestic use in the developing world. Using a patented and simple sealing technology to contain human waste within biodegradable film, with a [...]

12May, 2016

Speaker list confirmed for EFIB 2016

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

BBIA Managing Director David Newman will be among the speakers at EFIB 2016 (European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy). The event, which combines discussion on business and policy within the industry with the opportunity [...]

6May, 2016

Innovate UK makes bioeconomy a priority in 2016/17 Delivery Plan

By | May 6th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

Innovate UK has published its Delivery Plan 2016-2017, outlining how it plans to invest around £561 million into helping businesses innovate, with the bioeconomy one of its priorities. The plan for the financial year explains [...]

5May, 2016

Vegware wins 2nd Queen’s Award for compostable packaging with recycling support

By | May 5th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

Edinburgh eco packaging firm and BBIA member Vegware has won its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation – the SME’s 60th accolade. This recognises Vegware’s innovations in zero waste for foodservice – compostable catering disposables [...]

3May, 2016

Clear labelling needed for biodegradable plastics says ISWA report

By | May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Our news|

Biodegradable plastics need to be clearly labelled, in order to enhance consumer awareness and help distinguish compostable plastics from other non-compostable polymers, according to a paper by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA). The conclusion comes as [...]

On the Web

Novamont Blind Testing 3rd & 4th Generation Compostable Plastic Bags

Italian biotech firm, Novamont, is conducting blind tests on compostable fruit and vegetable [...]

May 27th, 2016|

An Uphill Struggle – the bioeconomy in the UK

In the United Kingdom, there is no strategy supporting the development of the [...]

May 25th, 2016|

Recycled Bioplastics’ $3.5 Billion Savings Opportunity

An industry-wide expansion of sustainable plastic initiatives suchDell’s recycled plastic and Algix’s bioplastic [...]

May 24th, 2016|

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