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. 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

28Jul, 2016

Here’s how BBIA member Vegware helps events reach 72% recycling

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has returned to the BBC this week to continue his 'War on Waste'. After two episodes in November 2015 highlighted the amount of food waste caused by supermarket cosmetic standards and households, [...]

18Jul, 2016

BBIA urges Defra to undertake soil quality consultation

By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

BBIA's newly established working group on waste policies contributed its opinion to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency's consultation on reviewing ‘fit for soil’ of compost and digestate under the PAS 100/110 standards. In addition to [...]

18Jul, 2016

Biowaste collection and treatment can create thousands of jobs in the UK

By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

The European Compost Network has published figures showing how biowaste collection and treatment could create thousands of jobs in the UK. The figures are based on information received from ECN members. The medium value so called [...]

15Jul, 2016

BBIA MD speaks about the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change

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

Speaking to Bioenergy Insight, BBIA Managing Director David Newman has given his thoughts on the decision to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change and dissolve its responsibilities into a newly-formed Department of Business, [...]

11Jul, 2016

Opportunities to advance the UK Bioeconomy in the Construction sector

By | July 11th, 2016|Categories: Our news|

Iris Anderson, BBIA Ambassador I have recently returned from a trip to Japan and was struck by the nation's fast pace and technological advancement. The Japanese still utilise biomaterials for important projects especially when restoring [...]

On the Web

‘Vital’ food waste recycling plan gives industry plan of attack

A Food Waste Recycling Action Plan developed by a range of stakeholders in [...]

July 11th, 2016|

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|

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