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11 Nov, 2016

Member Spotlight: Snow Business looking for continued packaging sustainability improvement

By | November 11th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Founded in 1983 Snow Business is the world’s biggest supplier of winter special effects to the film and television industry. Chances are you won’t have heard of us but it’s a dead cert that you will have seen our work and our products. Some years all the snow in every single advert at Christmas will [...]

20 Oct, 2016

Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network (LBNet) funding opportunities: POC and BIV

By | October 20th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

The LBNet Proof Of Concept (POC) call is now open. The deadline to submit POC proposals is 11 November 2016. This funding call will be for projects focussed on feasibility studies and development of enabling technologies for the establishment of lignocellulosic biorefineries in the UK (funding value of up to £100K per project).  LBNet has commissioned a landscape [...]

12 Oct, 2016

Innovate 2016

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

Innovate 2016, the UK's leading innovation conference, exhibition and networking event bringing together those needing and providing funding, connections, support and international business opportunities, takes place in Manchester next month. The conference, hosted by the Department for International Trade and Innovate UK, will be taking place on 2-3 November at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. As [...]

15 Sep, 2016

New €3.8 million SuperBIO project to support industrial innovation within the EU bioeconomy

By | September 15th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Bioeconomy consultancy NNFCC is to provide innovation services to the new Horizon 2020 SuperBIO project, which aims to provide innovation services to SMEs to support the development of cross-border value chains within the bioeconomy. It is doing this by providing funding of up to €60,000 for SMEs through innovation vouchers for support services (i.e. feedstock analysis, LCA, [...]

12 Sep, 2016

The Importance of Design

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

Iris Anderson, BBIA Ambassador In a circular economy, design has a major role to play. The use of biomaterials requires design that enhances the functionalities of the material. For example, theAdnams distribution centre at Southwold has been designed to maintain a constant temperature without having to utilise energy for air conditioning. Biomaterials continue to be [...]

4 Aug, 2016

Start-ups and research projects sought for Young Biotech Award 2016

By | August 4th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Biotechnology start-ups or projects are being sought to apply for the Young Biotech Award 2016. Leading French biocluster Genopole has launched the award for the sixth time this week and has for the first time opened it to international projects and start-ups. Applicants will be vying for a prize worth €100,000. The prize includes a €30,000 [...]

3 Aug, 2016

New ministerial responsibilities at Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy clarified

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

The newly-formed Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has confirmed the roles and responsibilities of its ministers this week, reports edie.net, two weeks after the department was created in Theresa May's reshuffle of government. In an official statement, the department, which was created following the dissolution of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, [...]

1 Aug, 2016

Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘War on Waste’ highlights need to develop sustainable solutions for food and drink packaging

By | August 1st, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Celebrity chef and environmental campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall returned to the BBC last week (28 July) for an hour-long programme documenting his War on Waste. Over recent months a debate has been raging about the recyclability of disposable paper coffee cups after Fearnley-Whittingstall took to the streets of London in March to highlight the fact that 2.5 [...]

28 Jul, 2016

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

By | July 28th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

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, the chef has this time turned to packaging, highlighting in particular the amount of waste caused by disposable paper cups [...]

18 Jul, 2016

BBIA urges Defra to undertake soil quality consultation

By | July 18th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

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 contributing to the consultation, which can be downloaded here, BBIA wrote to Resources Minister Rory Stewart to solicit a similar [...]