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.
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 [...]

29 Jan, 2018

Teabags with plastic-free seals to be made

By | January 29th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Teabags with a plastic-free seal are to be made for the first time in a bid to save tonnes of waste. Many tea drinkers are unaware that when it comes to plastic, even your daily cuppa isn’t safe. Usually, a substance called polypropene is used to seal teabags so they don’t split [...]

22 Jan, 2018

Scapa Flow microplastics levels ‘similar to Forth and Clyde’

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

Scientists have found levels of microplastic pollution on beaches around Scapa Flow in Orkney are similar to those in industrialised areas like the Forth and Clyde. Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh took more than 100 sediment samples from 13 beaches on Hoy and the Orkney mainland. Some plastic is believed to [...]

14 Jan, 2018

What are supermarkets doing to fight plastic?

By | January 14th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Plastic waste is "one of the great environmental scourges of our time". These are the words of Prime Minister Theresa May, who has pledged to ban all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. About 6.3bn tonnes of plastic waste had been generated globally by 2015, with almost 80% of it [...]

14 Jan, 2018

Charge for coffee cups will help tackle packaging waste, say MPs

By | January 14th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Coffee shops should be made to charge 25 pence for the use of disposable cups say MPs in Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). The second full report from the EAC’s inquiry into the effects of disposable drinks packaging, released today (5 January), calls for the government to introduce legislation similar to the plastic bag charge [...]

14 Jan, 2018

Scotland proposed total ban on plastic cotton buds

By | January 14th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP has proposed an outright ban on the sale and manufacture of plastic cotton buds in an ambitious move to mitigate the flow of plastics waste entering the oceans and washing up on Scottish beaches. The MSP was visiting Gullane beach in East-Lothian when she made the [...]

14 Jan, 2018

Government commits to zero ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042 in 25 Year Environment Plan

By | January 14th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Prime Minister Theresa May has committed the UK to eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as she revealed the long-awaited 25 Year Environment Plan today (11 January). In a speech delivered at the West London Wetlands Centre, May outlined her government’s long-term plans for safeguarding the environment, placing a specific emphasis on plastic waste, [...]

14 Jan, 2018

Europe’s ‘best-kept secret’ – its booming bio-economy

By | January 14th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Europe’s bio-economy is worth €2.2 trillion and employs 18.6 million people across the bloc, but a third of citizens are unaware it exists. “People are completely unaware that the EU is number one in the world [for bio-based products] and they don’t know it is investing [in the bio-economy],” said Susanna Albertini, managing [...]

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 [...]

21 Dec, 2017

Why healthy soils and forests are key to climate protection and prosperity

By | December 21st, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

What links climate change, poverty and migration? The Global Landscapes Forum addresses how land-use is central to global challenges that are more interconnected than many of us realize. What does the politics of how we use land have to do with climate change? And with poverty, conflict and migration? These are the questions [...]