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19Apr, 2018

NNFCC Bio-based & Biodegradable Plastic in the UK Market Review

April 19th, 2018|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

Bioeconomy consultants NNFCC have released a new market report on bio-based and biodegradable plastics, exploring the opportunities for bio-based plastics in the UK plastics industry and for the UK to become a world leader in [...]

3Apr, 2018

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

April 3rd, 2018|Categories: 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 [...]

26Mar, 2018

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

March 26th, 2018|Categories: 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 [...]

26Mar, 2018

Johnson Matthey AgriTech Partnership Project (JMAPP) applications open

March 26th, 2018|Categories: 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 [...]

20Mar, 2018

Job opportunity: BioVale Chief Executive Officer

March 20th, 2018|Categories: 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 [...]

20Mar, 2018

Treasury launches single-use plastic call for evidence

March 20th, 2018|Categories: 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 [...]

5Mar, 2018

New EU standard for biodegradable mulch films in agriculture issued

March 5th, 2018|Categories: 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 [...]

5Feb, 2018

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

February 5th, 2018|Categories: 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 [...]

30Jan, 2018

BBIA comments on Co-Op initiative to remove plastic from own-brand tea bags

January 30th, 2018|Categories: 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, [...]

14Jan, 2018

David Newman talks foodservice and the bioeconomy in Footprint interview

January 14th, 2018|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

BBIA Managing Director David Newman has been interviewed by hospitality industry website Footprint on the role of bio-based and biodegradable materials in a more sustainable foodservice sector and the government's upcoming Bioeconomy Strategy. In the interview, [...]

13Dec, 2017

Government waste stats show increase in UK food waste collections

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

Defra released the latest government waste statistics for the UK on 5 December 2017. Amongst other figures of note, the statistics show a rise of 15 per cent in food waste collections across the UK in [...]

On the Web

Can dirt save the Earth?

Climate change often evokes images of smokestacks, and for good reason: The single largest source of carbon emissions related to human activity is heat and power generation, which accounts for about one-quarter of the [...]

April 19th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Plastic doesn’t reduce food waste, study finds

A new study from Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe says annual use of plastic packaging per person has grown simultaneously with food waste since the 1950s - finding that [...]

April 12th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Plastics all at sea

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 [...]

April 6th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

UK reverses opposition to tough EU recycling targets

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 [...]

April 3rd, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Report: UK overestimates plastics recycling by one-third

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 [...]

March 7th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

PG Tips to switch to plastic-free teabags

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 [...]

March 1st, 2018|Categories: News from the web|