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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.
6 Aug, 2018

Plastics package: Coffee pods, strawless lids and a bitter BBIA

By | August 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

For years there have been calls to ditch weight as a measurement for waste and use carbon instead. An analysis of Scotland’s rubbish showed that the five most carbon-intensive waste materials make up just six per cent of waste by weight but nearly a third of associated carbon impacts (it’s worth noting that food [...]

6 Aug, 2018

Plastic pollution: How one woman found a new source of warming gases hidden in waste

By | August 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

It's your classic movie eureka moment. Young researcher Sarah-Jeanne Royer set out to measure methane gas coming from biological activity in sea water. Instead, in a "happy accident" she found that the plastic bottles holding the samples were a bigger source of this powerful warming molecule than the bugs in the water. [...]

3 Aug, 2018

Kraft Heinz unveils new circular packaging strategy

By | August 3rd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

After surpassing its 2020 packaging reduction aims two years early, consumer goods giant Kraft Heinz has committed to ensuring all its packaging is either recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 as it strives to become more circular. The US-based food and beverage firm said in a statement it would “aggressively pursue” innovative alternatives [...]

2 Aug, 2018

Green light for compostables

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

BBIA member the REA's Organics Recycling Group is pleased to confirm after discussions with the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and much work by BBIA member Vegware, that the following compostable material types are allowed to be composted in a facility that does not have APHA approval under animal by-products regulations: [...]

2 Aug, 2018

Here’s how America uses its land

By | August 2nd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

There are many statistical measures that show how productive the U.S. is. Its economy is the largest in the world and grew at a rate of 4.1 percent last quarter, its fastest pace since 2014. The unemployment rate is near the lowest mark in a half century. What can be harder to decipher [...]

26 Jul, 2018

Guilt-free solution to plastics problem is hard to find

By | July 26th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

If the grisly images of marine life maimed and killed by waste plastics aren’t enough to get our attention, new Australian research linking plastics to smaller penises probably is. As Fairfax Media  reported on Thursday, two University of Melbourne researchers have concluded that exposure to the chemicals in plastics is "the No. 1 reproductive issue [...]

23 Jul, 2018

UK’s plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

By | July 23rd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the world, the government’s spending watchdog has warned. Huge amounts of packaging waste is being sent overseas on the basis that it will be recycled and turned into new products. However, concerns have been [...]

16 Jul, 2018

David Newman to speak at RWM

By | July 16th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA Managing Director David Newman is set to speak at RWM at the NEC in Birmingham over 12-13 September. RWM is the leading recycling and waste management event in the UK, displaying the latest innovations in sustainability to more than 12,000 recycling and waste management professionals. David will be speaking about the role of biodegradable [...]

16 Jul, 2018

Yorkshire Tea to switch to biodegradable teabags by 2019

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

Yorkshire Tea have got some big bits of news to share about plastic. The plastic they've been using to seal their tea bags is going to be replaced with a renewable plant-based material. They're starting to switch over now, and the aim is that all their UK tea bags will have switched by the end of 2019. They've also signed up to [...]

6 Jul, 2018

IBioIC call for Phd programme 2019 applications

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

The call for PhD Projects to enter IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) PhD Programme in October 2019 is now open. IBioIC welcomes applications from its academic partners (Scotland and N8 partnership) in joint collaboration with any of its industrial members. For 2019, there are 14 BBSRC- and six IBioIC-funded studentships with studentships allocated through a competitive process. The closing date [...]