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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 Apr, 2018

Plastics all at sea

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

Images of turtles trapped in plastic packaging or a fish nibbling on microfibres pull on the heartstrings. Yet many scientists studying plastics in the oceans remain open-minded on the longterm effects. While plastics shouldn’t be in our oceans, they say there is still insufficient evidence to determine whether microplastics – the very tiniest [...]

3 Apr, 2018

£5m funding boost for bioeconomy project in Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley

By | April 3rd, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The University of York is to lead on a £5-million project to develop the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley. The THYME project will build on the existing expertise and innovation in the region in a new collaboration between the Universities of York, Hull and Teesside. Those involved in the three-year [...]

3 Apr, 2018

UK reverses opposition to tough EU recycling targets

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

The UK has reversed its opposition to tough EU recycling targets and will now back a goal of recycling two-thirds of urban waste by 2035, the Guardian has learned. The nation’s recycling rate has stalled and it is set to miss its current target of 50 per cent by 2020. The prime minister, [...]

26 Mar, 2018

Futamura’s NatureFlex™ films on Ekoplaza plastic free aisle with Bio4Pack and De Halm

By | March 26th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Futamura has partnered with sustainable packaging manufacturer, Bio4pack, to create compostable packaging for Dutch organic cereal producer, De Halm, using its NatureFlex™ and Tipa film. The product now features on the celebrated Ekoplaza plastic-free aisle. NatureFlex™ cellulose films are made from renewable and responsibly sourced wood pulp and are certified as 'industrial compostable' [...]

26 Mar, 2018

Johnson Matthey AgriTech Partnership Project (JMAPP) applications open

By | March 26th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

Johnson Matthey has joined forces with Cranfield University to unlock support for a cohort of entrepreneurs, start-ups and established companies to accelerate innovation and commercialisation. JMAPP is now seeking its first round of applicants. Applications are invited for intensive innovation support projects addressing critical technical and commercial barriers to product validation. Successful applicants will be [...]

20 Mar, 2018

Job opportunity: BioVale Chief Executive Officer

By | March 20th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The University of York is seeking a new CEO to lead the BioVale executive team. BioVale is a cluster development organisation focused upon the growth of the bioeconomy across the Yorkshire and Humber region. You will lead a dynamic team that engages with a very wide range of stakeholders regionally, nationally and internationally. The bioeconomy [...]

20 Mar, 2018

Treasury launches single-use plastic call for evidence

By | March 20th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

Her Majesty's Treasury has launched the call for evidence announced in the Chancellor's Spring Statement on how the tax system can be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastics waste in the UK by curtailing unnecessary production, promoting reuse and improving recycling, as well as stimulating innovation in this area. The government will use the evidence [...]

7 Mar, 2018

Report: UK overestimates plastics recycling by one-third

By | March 7th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The latest Defra figures claim that UK businesses and households produced 2.26 million tonnes of plastics packaging waste in 2015. But research from waste consultancy Eunomia today (6 March) finds that this number reflects the amount of plastic packaging placed on the market by producers, and that the real amount is much higher [...]

5 Mar, 2018

New EU standard for biodegradable mulch films in agriculture issued

By | March 5th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

A new European standard EN17033 on the biodegradation of plastic mulch films in agriculture has been published, specifying the necessary requirements and test methods to allow for the use of mulch films under the standard. The new standard is a result of the previous standard EN13655 for conventional mulch films being split in two to recognise [...]

1 Mar, 2018

PG Tips to switch to plastic-free teabags

By | March 1st, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Tea maker PG Tips is to switch to fully biodegradable, plant-based teabags, parent company Unilever has announced. Most manufacturers currently use polypropylene to seal teabags - they say it strengthens them and stops them disintegrating in a cup. Unilever said the move to plant-based sealants was based on "cutting edge science and [...]