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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.
24 Apr, 2017

Bill: Biomaterial content will be marked on plastic bags in Romania

By | April 24th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Several MPs from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Save Romania Union (USR), and from national minorities have drafted a law that may oblige producers to mark the content of biomaterial on plastic bags. Those that fail to do this will get fines ranging between RON 15,000-25,000 (EUR 3,300-5,500), according to the draft bill [...]

18 Apr, 2017

Finland is taking a leading role in the bioeconomy

By | April 18th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

The Finnish Government has chosen the bioeconomy as a future growth area of the Finnish economy. The national bioeconomy strategy, published in May 2014, sets ambitious growth targets for the future bioeconomy. The bioeconomy is already an important part of Finland’s economy due to our strong biomass processing industries, and the technology industries [...]

18 Apr, 2017

MEPs agree proposals to cut the EU’s 88m tonnes of annual food waste

By | April 18th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

MEPs have called on the EU to step up its actions on fighting the 88 million tonnes of food wasted in Europe every year, voting in proposals this week that will go to the European Parliament next month. Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) unanimously approved the proposals on tackling food [...]

18 Apr, 2017

Bioplastics: end the confusion

By | April 18th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Bioplastics industry need to give the public more adequately explanation of the difference between biobased and biodegradable The term bioplastics causes much confusion and will continue to do so, according to my conviction. The public does not seem to grasp the difference between bio as in biobased and bio as in biodegradable. [...]

13 Apr, 2017

Compost, degrade, recycle: the truth about plastic bags

By | April 13th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

There is obviously a lot of confusion around the materials plastic shopping bags are made from and the compostability, biodegradability and recyclability of them. A blog published on edie earlier this week underlines just how easy it is to misunderstand this complex issue. Evidently, the association I represent is not doing enough to get [...]

10 Apr, 2017

Innovative materials announced for 2017 bio-based award

By | April 10th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Six materials, including a bioplastic composite paper, a wetsuit made from natural rubber, and packaging and disposable tableware made from up-cycled agricultural residuals have been announced as the finalists for the nova-Institute’s ‘Bio-Based Material of the Year 2017’ award. The competition rewards innovation and development in the bio-based material industry, focusing on applications [...]

10 Apr, 2017

Newman contributes to sustainable coffee capsule debate

By | April 10th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA Managing Director David Newman was recently interviewed for a feature in Caffeine magazine regarding the environmental impact of coffee capsules and how biodegradable pods are beginning to provide a greener solution to daily coffee hits. The feature, from Issue 26 of the magazine, can be found below. CAF26_52_SustainablePods  

10 Apr, 2017

Belfast Council bans food waste to landfill

By | April 10th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Belfast County Council has announced plans to ban food waste to landfill in a move that could save £800,000 a year. The new measures aim to reduce the amount of food waste put into black bins, which inevitably ends up in landfill. According to the reports in Belfast Live, a six month transition [...]

16 Mar, 2017

Huge plastic waste footprint revealed

By | March 16th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Soft drinks makers admit more needs to be done to stop people discarding single-use plastic bottles. Their UK trade body says it will work with government to reduce the number of bottles ending in the sea. It follows research from Greenpeace suggesting the top six global firms sell plastic bottles weighing more [...]

15 Mar, 2017

European Parliament vote strengthens link between bioeconomy and circular economy

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

The European Parliament has approved its Environment Committee's (ENVI) waste legislative proposals created as part of the Parliamentary response to the EU's Circular Economy Package. As a consequence of the proposals being taken on by the European Parliament, it has created a link between bioeconomy and circular economy, encouraging member states to support the use [...]