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 Feb, 2017

Charging for carrier bags to be mandatory in Spain from 2018

By | February 20th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

All shops in Spain will be required by law to charge a minimum of five cents for plastic carrier bags – and in some cases, could end up applying prices of up to 30 cents. The environment ministry led by Isabel García Tejerina says free plastic bags will be banned from January [...]

20 Feb, 2017

Italy – 20 years of continuous growth in separate collection & recycling of organic wastes

By | February 20th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

In February 1997 the Italian national Decree n° 22 was adopted reorganising the framework conditions and the strategic outlook for MSW. Today Italy collects separately 48 per cent of all MSW with peaks of around 70 per cent. In February 1997 the Italian national Decree n° 22 was adopted reorganising the framework conditions [...]

20 Feb, 2017

Plastic ‘nurdles’ found littering UK beaches

By | February 20th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

A search of 279 beaches around the UK has found that almost three-quarters of them were littered with tiny plastic "nurdles". Volunteers signed up to search their local shoreline, ranging between Shetland and the Scilly Isles, for the lentil-sized pellets, used as a raw material to make plastic products. They can cause [...]

20 Feb, 2017

10 per cent BBIA discount for the International Conference on Bio-based Materials

By | February 20th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Friends and members of the BBIA are being offered a special 10 per cent reduction off of the registration price for the 10th International Conference on Bio-based Materials. Hosted by nova-Institute in Cologne over the 10th and 11th May, the conference is aimed at providing international major players from the bio-based building blocks, polymers and [...]

14 Feb, 2017

New address and phone number for BBIA

By | February 14th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Please note that as of 1 February 2017, the BBIA has moved offices and has a different postal address and phone number. The new contact details for the association are: BBIA, 2 Old College Court, 29 Priory Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0DE. Tel : 44 (0)3707 369 369 Email addresses and other individual phone numbers [...]

13 Feb, 2017

Our seas have become a plastic graveyard – but can technology turn the tide?

By | February 13th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

When strong winds prevented filmmaker Jo Ruxton from sending a submarine to her chosen recording location off the coast of Marseille, she was naturally nervous. The crew had just one chance to document evidence of the build-up of rubbish on the seabed for her award-winning film A Plastic Ocean, but were forced to divert [...]

9 Feb, 2017

Window to apply for ‘Bio-based Material of the Year 2017’ award closes in two weeks

By | February 9th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

There's just two weeks left to apply for the 'Bio-based Material of the Year 2017' innovation award, to be presented at the International Conference on Bio-based Materials, 10-11 May 2017, in Cologne, Germany. The prestigious innovation award will be awarded for the tenth time. The focus of the award is on bio-based materials in a new specific [...]

2 Feb, 2017

BBIA submits responses to BEIS consultation on UK bioeconomy strategy

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

BBIA has submitted two responses to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) consultation on the bioeconomy. The consultation asked for evidence to help shape a bioeconomy strategy for the UK, as the department 'aims to foster a world leading bioeconomy which is appropriate to the UK's industrial structure and availability of natural resources'. [...]

2 Feb, 2017

European Parliament Environment Committee agree amendments to waste legislation

By | February 2nd, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

As anticipated, EP’s ENVI Committee approved the revisions of the Waste Framework Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Directive. The measures approved: §  Biowaste: definition that includes bioplastic; mandatory separate collections. The amendment approved asks Member states to also encourage home composting. The Committee provides the possibility for Member States to not organize a separate [...]

19 Jan, 2017

BBIA presents seven bioeconomy case studies for BEIS public call for evidence

By | January 19th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA has produced a series of case studies of BBIA members as part of the call for evidence from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which is seeking to to produce a strategy that will encourage a world leading bioeconomy appropriate to the UK’s industrial structure and availability of natural resources. Below are seven [...]