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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.
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 [...]

1 Mar, 2018

Plastic-free supermarket aisles see anti-waste go mainstream

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

The opening of world's first plastic-free supermarket aisle in Amsterdam is the fruit of a year-long campaign by A Plastic Planet, a UK-based initiative launched in January 2017 with a single goal: "to dramatically reduce" plastic usage, especially in food and drinks packaging. The collaboration with Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza allows shoppers to choose from [...]

28 Feb, 2018

IKEA and Newlight sign major partnership agreement

By | February 28th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

A new deal has been brokered between industry heavy-weights IKEA and Newlight that is a further indication of the importance of the bio-economy for large consumer brands. As a sustainable brand, IKEA has consistently positioned itself as a green innovator with a positive impact on both people and planet. In line with this [...]

12 Feb, 2018

Could plant-based plastics help tackle waste pollution?

By | February 12th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

We know that plastic waste is a big problem for the planet - our oceans are becoming clogged with the stuff and we're rapidly running out of landfill sites. Only 9% is recycled. Burning it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. So could plant-based alternatives and better recycling provide an [...]

12 Feb, 2018

Bio body calls for mandatory food waste collections

By | February 12th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

The UK government should make food waste collections obligatory in order to allow more compostable packaging to be recycled, according to an industry trade body. Responding to this week’s Footprint’s investigation that showed compostable straws were not actually being composted, David Newman, managing director of the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), said a nationwide collection system [...]

5 Feb, 2018

BEIS seeks views from businesses on Brexit topics as ministers pen open letter to industry

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

BEIS is seeking views on a range of topics as it moves forward with Brexit preparations, while three government ministers have sent an open letter to businesses setting out the UK's ambitions for an implementation period following Brexit. The topics and questions that the department wants to ask businesses are: Rules of Origin To gain [...]

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 [...]