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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.
11 Nov, 2016

Member Spotlight: Snow Business looking for continued packaging sustainability improvement

By | November 11th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Founded in 1983 Snow Business is the world’s biggest supplier of winter special effects to the film and television industry. Chances are you won’t have heard of us but it’s a dead cert that you will have seen our work and our products. Some years all the snow in every single advert at Christmas will [...]

4 Nov, 2016

UK and Colombia announce £20m bioeconomy research programme

By | November 4th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

The UK and Colombia this week (2 November) agreed a new £20-million bioeconomy research programme to aid post-conflict developmental efforts in some of the worst affected regions in Colombia. The agreement, signed by Minister for Industry and Climate Change Nick Hurd and Yaneth Giha, Director of the Colombian national research agency Colciencias, will [...]

20 Oct, 2016

Scottish bioeconomy gets £1.5m funding boost

By | October 20th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

Funding of £1.5 million is to be made available for businesses and research institutions working in the bioeconomy in Scotland to support innovative work that will help deliver circular economy growth. Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, announced the fund, the latest part of the Scottish Government’s £70-million Circular Economy [...]

20 Oct, 2016

Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Network (LBNet) funding opportunities: POC and BIV

By | October 20th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

The LBNet Proof Of Concept (POC) call is now open. The deadline to submit POC proposals is 11 November 2016. This funding call will be for projects focussed on feasibility studies and development of enabling technologies for the establishment of lignocellulosic biorefineries in the UK (funding value of up to £100K per project).  LBNet has commissioned a landscape [...]

12 Oct, 2016

Innovate 2016

By | October 12th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Innovate 2016, the UK's leading innovation conference, exhibition and networking event bringing together those needing and providing funding, connections, support and international business opportunities, takes place in Manchester next month. The conference, hosted by the Department for International Trade and Innovate UK, will be taking place on 2-3 November at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. As [...]

7 Oct, 2016

Norwich aspires to be ‘pioneer plastic-free city’ with disposables ban

By | October 7th, 2016|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Norwich City Council could ban the use of single-use plastic products at council buildings as a way of leading the charge to become a ‘pioneer plastic-free city’. The potential move follows the council approving a motion introduced by Green councillors at a council meeting last week (27 September), and will now ask the [...]

20 Sep, 2016

Germany could call for removal of EU recycling targets

By | September 20th, 2016|News from the web, Uncategorised|0 Comments

The German government wants all recycling targets in the EU’s Circular Economy Package to be scrapped while an alternative recycling data methodology is implemented, according to reports, risking further delay to the package’s adoption. According to a document seen by EurActiv.com that was distributed among diplomats’ working groups, Germany wants to put off any [...]

20 Sep, 2016

France could face legal action over disposable plates and cutlery ban

By | September 20th, 2016|News from the web|0 Comments

The French Government could face legal action after a law was passed to ban disposable plastic plates, cutlery and cups. A decree passed on 30 August means that, by 2020, 50 per cent of the material used to create plastic disposable items like tumblers, coffee cups, plates and cutlery must be bio-based and [...]

15 Sep, 2016

New €3.8 million SuperBIO project to support industrial innovation within the EU bioeconomy

By | September 15th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Bioeconomy consultancy NNFCC is to provide innovation services to the new Horizon 2020 SuperBIO project, which aims to provide innovation services to SMEs to support the development of cross-border value chains within the bioeconomy. It is doing this by providing funding of up to €60,000 for SMEs through innovation vouchers for support services (i.e. feedstock analysis, LCA, [...]

12 Sep, 2016

The Importance of Design

By | September 12th, 2016|Our news|0 Comments

Iris Anderson, BBIA Ambassador In a circular economy, design has a major role to play. The use of biomaterials requires design that enhances the functionalities of the material. For example, theAdnams distribution centre at Southwold has been designed to maintain a constant temperature without having to utilise energy for air conditioning. Biomaterials continue to be [...]