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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.
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 biodegradable bioplastics. The document defines biodegradable as 'materials which are certified to biodegrade in a certain time and place', including soil and composting. They are not designed to biodegrade by the [...]

11 Jun, 2018

BBIA, European Bioplastics and the USA Bioplastics Institute respond to misconceptions in National Geographic article on plastic waste

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

The BBIA has penned a joint letter with European Bioplastics and the USA Bioplastics Institute in response to an article published in National Geographic. The article plays on a series of misconception regarding bioplastics and the meaning of 'biodegradable', and our letter seeks to refute these and clear up the confusion. We remind that our members [...]

7 Jun, 2018

Plastic pollution on the agenda for World Environment Day

By | June 7th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

In the end, this World Environment Day was so much more than we could have imagined. We had an astonishing announcement from the Government of India, a record-breaking number of registered events around the world, and a social media game that broke every expectation. Our site nearly crashed a couple of times because of all the traffic, but [...]

5 Jun, 2018

Chile to become first South American country to ban plastic bags

By | June 5th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Chile is set to become the first South American country to ban plastic bags. Politicians in the country's House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass a law that would come into force in a year’s time for retailers and in two years’ time for smaller businesses. In total 134 voted in favour and there was one abstention. Read [...]

1 Jun, 2018

Plastic-free sandwich packaging unveiled by RAP

By | June 1st, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Wilmbledon-based sandwich packaging supplier RAP has launched two plastic-free sandwich wedges. Freshpak is a folding box carton, which RAP said has been made of 'fully sustainable' boards and cullulose film, both of which are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). AgriRap, meanwhile, [...]

25 May, 2018

BBIA welcomes TIPA as new member

By | May 25th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA welcomes as a new member the Israeli company TIPA, producers of compostable packaging. A spokesperson for TIPA said: "TIPA is a developer and producer of novel compostable flexible packaging solutions. We look forward to collaborating with all of you during this extraordinary transitional phase for the UK. Together, we hope to guarantee that bio-plastic [...]

23 May, 2018

BBIA submits consultation response to Treasury on single-use plastics tax

By | May 23rd, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The BBIA has submitted its response to HM Treasury's consultation on the potential use of economic incentives to reduce single-use plastic waste and stimulate innovation in packaging technology and recycling. The document, submitted on 18 May 2018, calls for: The banning of oxo-degradable plastics in the UK; The introduction of obligatory food waste collections across England [...]

17 May, 2018

UK losing topsoil at a rate of 2.9 million tonnes a year

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

The Sustainable Soils Alliance is a partnership of businesses, campaigning organisations, the applied scientific community, academia, governmental and non-governmental organisations working together to reverse the current crisis in soil health, which currently sees an estimated 2.9 million tonnes of topsoil lost each year in the UK. Read full article

16 May, 2018

Parliament to ‘virtually eliminate single-use plastics’ by 2019

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

Yesterday (15 May), the UK Parliament announced a comprehensive range of steps to drastically reduce its consumption of single-use plastics by 2019. From coffee cups and straws to plastic bags and water bottles, these measures will virtually eliminate single-use avoidable plastics from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, replacing [...]

2 May, 2018

Woolcool’s temperature-controlled packaging wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

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

BBIA member Woolcool has been recognised by a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. Set up in 2009, Woolcool has created a packaging innovation for the transport of temperature-sensitive items from the food and pharmaceutical sectors, using wool in place of polystyrene, bubble wrap, gel packs or other non-recyclable insulating materials. The packaging is [...]