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About BBIA

The Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) represents companies involved in the production of biodegradable polymers and finished products for the benefit of the environment. Our members’ activities span a wide range of sectors and applications, providing a range of sustainable solutions that benefit both businesses and individual consumers. BBIA aims to develop the circular bioeconomy in the UK, promoting markets and production of bio-based and biodegradable chemicals, their transformation into consumer and other products and materials. With increasing pressure to keep fossil fuels in the ground, bio-based alternatives can bridge the gap to meet demand. This can be done through the use of starch and glucose derivatives, as well as fibre reinforcements, including flax, hemp, sisal, jute and wood regenerated cellulose. The production of new biomaterials is opening up opportunities, creating jobs and wealth in the new green economy.
20 Sep, 2018

Parliament to introduce compostable cutlery to slash plastic waste

By | September 20th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Parliament is set to start using compostable cutlery, coffee cups, drinking straws and a range of other items in a bid to rid the estate of single-use plastics. New waste bins will be introduced to capture used compostable items, which will then be sent to a specialist waste facility. Compostable products are just [...]

17 Sep, 2018

Waitrose to replace plastic bags with compostable bags

By | September 17th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Waitrose is to remove all plastic bags by next March saving around 550 tonnes of plastic a year. A home compostable alternative will be used for fruit and vegetable plastic bags. Waitrose will initially remove 5p bags from six shops from 8 October to understand how to manage the changeover as smoothly as [...]

13 Sep, 2018

Why 12 is the magic number when it comes to composting

By | September 13th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The BBC's Circular Economy series highlights the ways we are designing systems to reduce the waste modern society generates, by reusing and repurposing products. This week we look at compostable and biodegradable packaging. Stonehaven, a seaside town just south of Aberdeen on Scotland's east coast, first made its culinary mark with the [...]

11 Sep, 2018

David Newman to discuss plastics at Labour Party conference

By | September 11th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA Managing Director David Newman will be taking part in a panel discussion on plastics at the Labour Party conference called, 'Don't bottle it: How can Labour lead the purge on plastics?'. The fringe event will take place on Sunday 23 September between 12.45pm and 2pm at Blundell St Restaurant in Liverpool as part of [...]

10 Sep, 2018

BioPak produces simple video on composting

By | September 10th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

Australian compostable packaging producer BioPak has teamed up with Soilco to produce a simple and clear video showing how food waste and compostable packaging should be handled together to provide organic matter that can then be used to replenish depleted soils. You can view the video in full below.

7 Sep, 2018

The Advertising Standards Authority of the UK uphold a claim against a company advertising plastic bags as ‘biodegradable’

By | September 7th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

In what is believed to be a landmark ruling for the UK, the ASA has determined that the use of the term ‘biodegradable’ as used by Ancol Pet Products for their Refill Poop Bag Rolls ”is misleading and had not been substantiated”. Whilst the specific ruling applies to plastics made with oxo degradable additives, it [...]

22 Aug, 2018

Coffee cup breakthrough boosts battle against plastics

By | August 22nd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

UK sites that collect garden waste have been permitted to process some compostable packaging materials, including coffee cups and lids. Vegware, which manufactures compostable foodservice packaging and has led the initiative, called the move a “game-changer”, given that it “dramatically increases the number of facilities allowed to process compostable drinks waste”. Indeed, 53 [...]

20 Aug, 2018

Plastic use poses serious business risks – report

By | August 20th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Food companies could face serious material business risks for their involvement in creating plastic waste, according to a new report. 'Risk unwrapped: Plastic pollution as material business risk', published by law firm ClientEarth, details four types of business risk that companies may be exposed to and sets out the legal obligations on their [...]

10 Aug, 2018

Life in plastic

By | August 10th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Liz Goodwin was CEO at the widely respected Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) for almost a decade, and currently leads the food waste programme at the World Resources Institute. If anyone can appraise the food sector’s performance on waste management, it’s her. In January, at a Westminster energy, environment and transport forum in London, [...]

6 Aug, 2018

Dispelling the myths around bioplastics

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

BBIA Managing Director David Newman recently saw a comment published in full in Packaging News regarding a number of myths surrounding the bioplastics industry. You can view the article in full here.