Yearly Archives: 2017

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21 Dec, 2017

Why healthy soils and forests are key to climate protection and prosperity

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What links climate change, poverty and migration? The Global Landscapes Forum addresses how land-use is central to global challenges that are more interconnected than many of us realize. What does the politics of how we use land have to do with climate change? And with poverty, conflict and migration? These are the questions [...]

13 Dec, 2017

Government waste stats show increase in UK food waste collections

By | December 13th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Defra released the latest government waste statistics for the UK on 5 December 2017. Amongst other figures of note, the statistics show a rise of 15 per cent in food waste collections across the UK in 2016, a welcomed trend. The figures can be found on the Defra website by clicking here.  

12 Dec, 2017

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

By | December 12th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Marine life is facing "irreparable damage" from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned. "This is a planetary crisis... we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean," UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson told the BBC this week. But how does [...]

6 Dec, 2017

FAO unveils resources to support World Soil Day

By | December 6th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has released a selection of resources to mark World Soil Day (5 December). World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. These include: key publications and flagship initiatives global events on 5 December 2017 [...]

5 Dec, 2017

Ocean plastic a ‘planetary crisis’ – UN

By | December 5th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Life in the seas risks irreparable damage from a rising tide of plastic waste, the UN oceans chief has warned. Lisa Svensson said governments, firms and individual people must act far more quickly to halt plastic pollution. "This is a planetary crisis," she said. "In a few short decades since we discovered [...]

27 Nov, 2017

European Commission Bioeconomy Week – Presentations

By | November 27th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA was present in Brussels at the Bioeconomy Week in November. The European Commission organised, on Thursday 16 November, a Bioeconomy Policy Day to present its review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan and discuss its findings with stakeholders and policy makers. The European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel also discussed its Bioeconomy Manifesto, setting out [...]

15 Nov, 2017

Aquapak Polymers launches new flexible Hydropol range

By | November 15th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Aquapak Polymers Ltd is introducing HydropolTM, a library of highly functional flexible plastics that are water soluble, biodegradable, recyclable, non-toxic and FDA-approved. Despite having excellent barrier qualities as a packaging material, HydropolTM completely degrades in standard composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) residence times; while in recycling systems it can be recovered from solution [...]

13 Nov, 2017

Biorefinery of available industrial waste could add millions to Scottish economy

By | November 13th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Up to 27 million tonnes of waste from industry could be better utilised through biorefining in Scotland every year, with the potential to add millions of pounds of value to Scotland’s economy, says a new Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) report. Released yesterday (25 October), ZWS’s new report - ‘Biorefining Potential for Scotland’ - [...]

13 Nov, 2017

BBIA backs EMF call for worldwide ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging

By | November 13th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) is one of over 150 companies endorsing a call from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging worldwide. Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, including carrier bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution, with claims that such plastics degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from [...]

6 Nov, 2017

Heinz and Ford’s drive to make bio-plastic from tomatoes

By | November 6th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Heinz and Ford find common purpose as tomato fibre is used to develop a bio-plastic that can be used in cars Heinz began collaborating with Ford because they both wanted the same thing: improving their environmental impact. This common purpose provided the bedrock for one of the most innovative of business partnerships. One night [...]