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30Oct, 2017

BEIS requests responses on two new White Papers

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published two White Papers this month:   Customs Bill: legislating for the UK’s future customs, VAT and excise regimes 9 October Preparing for our future UK [...]

19Oct, 2017

Innovation R&D loans to be piloted by Innovate UK

October 19th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

Innovate UK is rolling out a pilot of innovation loans from the government. These loans provide low interest (3.7 per cent), flexible funding to SMEs in the later stages of R&D, which have clear plans [...]

2Oct, 2017

Watch – Reinventing Plastics: Closing the Circle conference

October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

The European Commission last week (26 September) held the Reinventing Plastics: Closing the Circle conference to explore issues and potential solutions to be proposed in the Commission's upcoming plastics strategy. This strategy intends to support and complement [...]

29Sep, 2017

Vegware launches Scotland-wide collections to boost food and compostable packaging recycling

September 29th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Vegware, the Edinburgh compostable packaging manufacturer, has launched ‘Close the Loop’, a new composting collection service for its catering disposables. This new service now means that composting collections are available to businesses across [...]

28Sep, 2017

New parliamentary committee membership announced

September 28th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

Membership of Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has been confirmed following the summer recess. The MPs named on the EAC, which has reopened its inquiry into disposable [...]

15Sep, 2017

‘Reinventing plastics – Closing the circle’ conference to inform Commission strategy

September 15th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

The European Commission has organised a conference, 'Reinventing plastics - Closing the circle' (26 September) to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the new strategy for plastics that is under development. The Commission announced that it [...]

12Sep, 2017

BIOCATNET announces opening of two IB funding calls

September 12th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

Industrial biotechnology network BIOCATNET is opening two funding calls this week (11 September). 5th Proof-of-Concept Call The organisation has announced the launch of the fifth call for BIOCATNET Proof-of-Concept funding, which will fund projects with a total [...]

12Sep, 2017

Defra publishes draft legislation for microbead ban

September 12th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

Draft legislation for the UK ban on microbeads in rinse off personal care products has been published, alongside separate legislation for the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Department for Environment, Food [...]

30Aug, 2017

IBioIC to host promotion and networking event for members – October 2017

August 30th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

IBioIC is inviting members to an exclusive, members-only promotion and networking event to celebrate four years of sustained development and innovation, as well as looking forward to the next stage of this journey. 'Building the [...]

25Aug, 2017

FUCHS working to promote biolubricants

August 25th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member FUCHS is working to promote a step-change in the use of environmentally-friendly bio-lubricants. FUCHS is the world’s largest independent lubricants manufacturer, supplying innovative lubricating products and bespoke support packages – providing a complete service [...]

28Jul, 2017

Call for Abstracts – IBioIC’s 4th Annual Conference

July 28th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

Building a reputation as one of the most important UK based industrial biotechnology meetings in the calendar and attracting key players and influencers in the UK and global bioeconomy, IBioIC’s Annual Conference (25-26 January 2018) [...]

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Teabags with plastic-free seals to be made

Teabags with a plastic-free seal are to be made for the first time in a bid to save tonnes of waste. Many tea drinkers are unaware that when it comes to plastic, [...]

January 29th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Scapa Flow microplastics levels ‘similar to Forth and Clyde’

Scientists have found levels of microplastic pollution on beaches around Scapa Flow in Orkney are similar to those in industrialised areas like the Forth and Clyde. Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh [...]

January 22nd, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

What are supermarkets doing to fight plastic?

Plastic waste is "one of the great environmental scourges of our time". These are the words of Prime Minister Theresa May, who has pledged to ban all avoidable plastic waste in the [...]

January 14th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Charge for coffee cups will help tackle packaging waste, say MPs

Coffee shops should be made to charge 25 pence for the use of disposable cups say MPs in Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). The second full report from the EAC’s inquiry into the effects of [...]

January 14th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Scotland proposed total ban on plastic cotton buds

The Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP has proposed an outright ban on the sale and manufacture of plastic cotton buds in an ambitious move to mitigate the flow of plastics waste entering [...]

January 14th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Government commits to zero ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042 in 25 Year Environment Plan

Prime Minister Theresa May has committed the UK to eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as she revealed the long-awaited 25 Year Environment Plan today (11 January). In a speech delivered at the West [...]

January 14th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|