Monthly Archives: May 2016

27 May, 2016

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

By | May 27th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

Italian biotech firm, Novamont, is conducting blind tests on compostable fruit and vegetable bags made from the new third and fourth generations of its Mater-Bi biodegradable plastic in several European supermarket chains. The company explained in number of European markets demand for compostable solutions is growing as a result of new national legislations [...]

25 May, 2016

An Uphill Struggle – the bioeconomy in the UK

By | May 25th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

In the United Kingdom, there is no strategy supporting the development of the bioeconomy. Despite the fact that, potentially, it could be the world-leading country, there are still several political, economic and social barriers hindering innovation in this field. As Caitlin Burns, Adrian Higson and Edward Hodgson write in a document published in [...]

24 May, 2016

Recycled Bioplastics’ $3.5 Billion Savings Opportunity

By | May 24th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

An industry-wide expansion of sustainable plastic initiatives suchDell’s recycled plastic and Algix’s bioplastic could deliver $3.5 billion in environmental savings, according to a paper by Trucost. But to achieve these benefits, business have to massively scale up these efforts. “There are many blockers to scaling up sustainable plastics,” Trucost chief executive Richard Mattison [...]

23 May, 2016

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

By | May 23rd, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

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 unique odor-inhibiting system, the waste is then stored in a cartridge for periodic emptying, which can be weekly or daily, [...]

12 May, 2016

Speaker list confirmed for EFIB 2016

By | May 12th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

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 for networking and meetings, takes place this year at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on the 18-20 October. Among [...]

10 May, 2016

IBioIC announce a £1 million funding call for UK & international projects in synthetic biology

By | May 10th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) is pleased to announce the launch of an industry-led funding call for UK and international research projects which utilise the synthetic biology research capabilities of Scottish universities. Launched at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego, the Synthetic Biology Accelerator led by IBioIC, offers [...]

9 May, 2016

NYC lawmakers impose five-cent charge for plastic bags

By | May 9th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city's sanitation department estimates 10 billion bags a year are tossed in the trash — roughly 19,000 per minute. Now, city officials are poised to test [...]

6 May, 2016

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

By | May 6th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

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 a number of significant changes to the way the agency will work, including a new sector focus that makes it [...]

5 May, 2016

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

By | May 5th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

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 backed up with free expert recycling support. Scotland’s fifth fastest-growing firm, and among the UK’s top 100, Vegware has grown 57 [...]

3 May, 2016

Clear labelling needed for biodegradable plastics says ISWA report

By | May 3rd, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

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 ISWA publishes a paper examining the different types of biodegradable plastics, their properties and their role in the management of organic wastes. [...]