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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.
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 [...]

13 Mar, 2017

Video captures moment plastic enters food chain

By | March 13th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

A scientist has filmed the moment plastic microfibre is ingested by plankton, illustrating how the material is affecting life beneath the waves. The footage shows one way that waste plastic could be entering the marine and global food chain. An estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic "disappears" from the world's waste stream [...]

8 Mar, 2017

Could this compostable coffee capsule solve the great circular economy challenge?

By | March 8th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

As the coffee cup recycling debate continues to grab national headlines, a new eco-innovation has launched which could set a new standard for another key circular economy conundrum: non-biodegradable coffee capsules. Start-up firm Halo Coffee, which has been supported by Cranfield University’s Business Incubation Centre (CUBIC), claims to have developed the world’s first [...]

3 Mar, 2017

Co-op using Novamont’s biodegradable and compostable carrier bags

By | March 3rd, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The Co-op uses a biodegradable and compostable carrier bag supplied by BBIA member Novamont to cut down on the amount of plastic waste leaking into the environment. Made using Novamont's MATER-BI bioplastic, the bag can be re-used for shopping or a second important role of collecting kitchen food scraps and garden trimmings and disposal in [...]

2 Mar, 2017

Kick off of RES URBIS project

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

BBIA is participating in the project RES URBIS (RESOURCES FROM URBAN BIO-WASTE), which began on 1 January. This project is coordinated by the University of La Sapienza in Rome and it is based on the development of an innovative technological sector for the integrated treatment of various urban solid wastes (such as municipal waste and municipal sewage [...]