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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 [...]

6Dec, 2017

FAO unveils resources to support World Soil Day

December 6th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has released a selection of resources to mark World Soil Day (5 December). World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for [...]

On the Web

Chile to become first South American country to ban plastic bags

Chile is set to become the first South American country to ban plastic bags. Politicians in the country's House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass a law that would come into force in a year’s time for [...]

June 5th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Plastic-free sandwich packaging unveiled by RAP

Wilmbledon-based sandwich packaging supplier RAP has launched two plastic-free sandwich wedges. Freshpak is a folding box carton, which RAP said has been made of 'fully sustainable' boards and cullulose film, both of which [...]

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

UK losing topsoil at a rate of 2.9 million tonnes a year

The Sustainable Soils Alliance is a partnership of businesses, campaigning organisations, the applied scientific community, academia, governmental and non-governmental organisations working together to reverse the current crisis in soil health, which currently [...]

May 17th, 2018|Categories: News from the web, Uncategorised|

Parliament to ‘virtually eliminate single-use plastics’ by 2019

Yesterday (15 May), the UK Parliament announced a comprehensive range of steps to drastically reduce its consumption of single-use plastics by 2019. From coffee cups and straws to plastic bags and water bottles, [...]

May 16th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Strawless in Seattle: How a major coastal city is tackling marine litter

In July 2018, customers in Seattle – the largest city in the State of Washington, along the United States’ Pacific Coast – will have to ask for a biodegradable paper straw with their [...]

April 24th, 2018|Categories: News from 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|