Yearly Archives: 2018

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16 Jul, 2018

David Newman to speak at RWM

By | July 16th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA Managing Director David Newman is set to speak at RWM at the NEC in Birmingham over 12-13 September. RWM is the leading recycling and waste management event in the UK, displaying the latest innovations in sustainability to more than 12,000 recycling and waste management professionals. David will be speaking about the role of biodegradable [...]

16 Jul, 2018

Yorkshire Tea to switch to biodegradable teabags by 2019

By | July 16th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Yorkshire Tea have got some big bits of news to share about plastic. The plastic they've been using to seal their tea bags is going to be replaced with a renewable plant-based material. They're starting to switch over now, and the aim is that all their UK tea bags will have switched by the end of 2019. They've also signed up to [...]

6 Jul, 2018

IBioIC call for Phd programme 2019 applications

By | July 6th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The call for PhD Projects to enter IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) PhD Programme in October 2019 is now open. IBioIC welcomes applications from its academic partners (Scotland and N8 partnership) in joint collaboration with any of its industrial members. For 2019, there are 14 BBSRC- and six IBioIC-funded studentships with studentships allocated through a competitive process. The closing date [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Biodegradable plastic made from ‘tree glue’ could be on shelves within five years

By | July 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Biodegradable plastic that can be tossed out with food scraps could be on the shelves within five years after scientists found an ingenious way to turn ‘tree glue’ into packaging. Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that a natural glue called lignin, which holds cellulose fibres together, stiffening plant stems, can be turned [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and packaging

By | July 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

A form of environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and other packaging after a breakthrough by British scientists. They have found a way to ‘edit’ the genes of a microbe to speed up the conversion of plant material into bioplastics that break down naturally. Read [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste

By | July 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

New bioplastics are being made in laboratories from straw, wood chips and food waste, with researchers aiming to replace oil as the source of the world’s plastic. The new approaches include genetically modifying bacteria to eat wood and produce useful chemicals. But the bioplastics are currently significantly more expensive to make than fossil [...]

2 Jul, 2018

Iceland: One small policy could make a big impact on our war on plastic

By | July 2nd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

After announcing a series of plastic waste-busting policies in recent weeks, including a trial of an in-store reverse vending machine for plastic bottles and the adoption of plastic-free labelling for its own-brand packaging, supermarket chain Iceland's Managing Director Richard Walker shares his thoughts on the fight against plastic waste. Read full article

2 Jul, 2018

Plastics recycling in the UK: Some thoughts from Green Alliance

By | July 2nd, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

Following the publication of Resourcing the Future's (RTF) report on plastics, 'Eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042: a use-based approach to decision and policy-making', and BBIA's corresponding response, please find below links to blog posts from environmental think tank Green Alliance on the state of plastics recycling in the UK. Why the UK could soon [...]

28 Jun, 2018

BBIA contests findings of report produced for Resourcing the Future on plastic waste

By | June 28th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA criticises Resourcing the Future’s (RTF) report on plastics, ‘Eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042: a use-based approach to decision and policy-making’, for the misinformation on bioplastics contained in the report. BBIA feels that the report contains a number of inaccuracies that mislead the public and are damaging to the bioplastics sector at a time of [...]

14 Jun, 2018

BBIA clarifies role of compostable packaging in the circular economy

By | June 14th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The BBIA has published a document aiming to clarify the role of biodegradable packaging in the circular economy and clear up persisting myths around compostable bioplastics. The document defines as compostable 'materials which are certified to biodegrade in a certain time and place'. They are not designed to biodegrade by the roadside and are not a solution [...]