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20 Mar, 2018

Treasury launches single-use plastic call for evidence

By | March 20th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

Her Majesty's Treasury has launched the call for evidence announced in the Chancellor's Spring Statement on how the tax system can be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastics waste in the UK by curtailing unnecessary production, promoting reuse and improving recycling, as well as stimulating innovation in this area. The government will use the evidence [...]

5 Mar, 2018

New EU standard for biodegradable mulch films in agriculture issued

By | March 5th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

A new European standard EN17033 on the biodegradation of plastic mulch films in agriculture has been published, specifying the necessary requirements and test methods to allow for the use of mulch films under the standard. The new standard is a result of the previous standard EN13655 for conventional mulch films being split in two to recognise [...]

5 Feb, 2018

BEIS seeks views from businesses on Brexit topics as ministers pen open letter to industry

By | February 5th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

BEIS is seeking views on a range of topics as it moves forward with Brexit preparations, while three government ministers have sent an open letter to businesses setting out the UK's ambitions for an implementation period following Brexit. The topics and questions that the department wants to ask businesses are: Rules of Origin To gain [...]

30 Jan, 2018

BBIA comments on Co-Op initiative to remove plastic from own-brand tea bags

By | January 30th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The Co-operative Food Group last weekend announced that it is developing a fully biodegradable paper teabag that does not contain plastic. The major retailer is to make its own-brand Fairtrade 99 teabags free of polypropylene, currently used as a sealant industry wide to maintain a teabag's shape. The biodegradable bag will be tested next month [...]

14 Jan, 2018

David Newman talks foodservice and the bioeconomy in Footprint interview

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

BBIA Managing Director David Newman has been interviewed by hospitality industry website Footprint on the role of bio-based and biodegradable materials in a more sustainable foodservice sector and the government's upcoming Bioeconomy Strategy. In the interview, Newman explains the opportunities that biodegradable materials present for foodservice packaging, as well as some of the barriers that need [...]

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.  

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 [...]

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

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 [...]