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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.
19 Oct, 2017

Innovation R&D loans to be piloted by Innovate UK

By | October 19th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Innovate UK is rolling out a pilot of innovation loans from the government. These loans provide low interest (3.7 per cent), flexible funding to SMEs in the later stages of R&D, which have clear plans to commercial success. Loans offered between £100,000 - £1 million. To introduce these exciting new innovation loans, the Knowledge Transfer [...]

3 Oct, 2017

Cleaning up Zimbabwe with a styrofoam ban

By | October 3rd, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Styrofoam pollution is a serious problem in Zimbabwe. The government is set to ban the ubiquitous material for use in food containers and to promote greener alternatives. But not everyone is happy with the move. Zimbabwe's streets, rivers, drains and lakes are awash with discarded, non-recyclable Styrofoam food containers. A problem worsened [...]

2 Oct, 2017

Biodegradable plastics needed to increase recycling efficiency

By | October 2nd, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Berlin, 21 September 2017 – In the light of the current debates and consultations on the upcoming EU Strategy on Plastics and the revision of the EU waste legislation, European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association for the bioplastics industry in Europe, echoes the call for greater investments in the implementation of separate recycling streams, [...]

2 Oct, 2017

Watch – Reinventing Plastics: Closing the Circle conference

By | October 2nd, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The European Commission last week (26 September) held the Reinventing Plastics: Closing the Circle conference to explore issues and potential solutions to be proposed in the Commission's upcoming plastics strategy. This strategy intends to support and complement the existing acquis and tackle the interrelated problems of fossil feedstock dependence, recycling and reuse and plastics leakage into the [...]

29 Sep, 2017

Vegware launches Scotland-wide collections to boost food and compostable packaging recycling

By | September 29th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Vegware, the Edinburgh compostable packaging manufacturer, has launched ‘Close the Loop’, a new composting collection service for its catering disposables. This new service now means that composting collections are available to businesses across Scotland, taking used Vegware and food waste for industrial composting into high-grade horticultural compost. Launched to mark Recycle Week and [...]

28 Sep, 2017

EAC relaunches inquiry to curb impact of coffee cups and plastic bottles

By | September 28th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is relaunching its predecessor’s investigation into the impact of disposable drinks packaging on the environment, after the original inquiry was disrupted by the general election. The new inquiry will look at what actions are being undertaken by industry and government to reduce waste generated by takeaway cups and plastic bottles, [...]

28 Sep, 2017

New parliamentary committee membership announced

By | September 28th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Membership of Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has been confirmed following the summer recess. The MPs named on the EAC, which has reopened its inquiry into disposable packaging, are as follows: Mary Creagh (Chair), Labour Dr Thérèse Coffey, Conservative Geraint Davies, Labour Zac Goldsmith, Conservative Caroline Lucas, [...]

25 Sep, 2017

Wrapped in plastic, China’s farmland is suffering

By | September 25th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Covering soil in plastic has been a boon for agriculture around the world, especially in China, where an area half the size of California is under polyethylene wrap. Farmers cover their land in razor-thin sheets of the translucent white film to trap moisture and heat and to prevent weeds and pests. The so-called [...]

15 Sep, 2017

‘Reinventing plastics – Closing the circle’ conference to inform Commission strategy

By | September 15th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The European Commission has organised a conference, 'Reinventing plastics - Closing the circle' (26 September) to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the new strategy for plastics that is under development. The Commission announced that it would be creating a strategy to create a more circular plastics industry at the beginning of the year and published a [...]

12 Sep, 2017

BIOCATNET announces opening of two IB funding calls

By | September 12th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Industrial biotechnology network BIOCATNET is opening two funding calls this week (11 September). 5th Proof-of-Concept Call The organisation has announced the launch of the fifth call for BIOCATNET Proof-of-Concept funding, which will fund projects with a total combined value of £200,000, supporting projects in the Network subthemes of Biocatalyst Discovery, Development, and Scale Up. Projects funded under [...]