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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 [...]

27Nov, 2017

European Commission Bioeconomy Week – Presentations

November 27th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

BBIA was present in Brussels at the Bioeconomy Week in November. The European Commission organised, on Thursday 16 November, a Bioeconomy Policy Day to present its review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan and [...]

15Nov, 2017

Aquapak Polymers launches new flexible Hydropol range

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

BBIA member Aquapak Polymers Ltd is introducing HydropolTM, a library of highly functional flexible plastics that are water soluble, biodegradable, recyclable, non-toxic and FDA-approved. Despite having excellent barrier qualities as a packaging material, HydropolTM completely [...]

13Nov, 2017

BBIA backs EMF call for worldwide ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging

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

The Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) is one of over 150 companies endorsing a call from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging worldwide. Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, including carrier bags, is often marketed [...]

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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/customs-bill-legislating-for-the-uks-future-customs-vat-and-excise-regimes 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 [...]

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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|

Plastic-free supermarket aisles see anti-waste go mainstream

The opening of world's first plastic-free supermarket aisle in Amsterdam is the fruit of a year-long campaign by A Plastic Planet, a UK-based initiative launched in January 2017 with a single goal: "to dramatically reduce" [...]

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

IKEA and Newlight sign major partnership agreement

A new deal has been brokered between industry heavy-weights IKEA and Newlight that is a further indication of the importance of the bio-economy for large consumer brands. As a sustainable brand, IKEA has [...]

February 28th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Could plant-based plastics help tackle waste pollution?

We know that plastic waste is a big problem for the planet - our oceans are becoming clogged with the stuff and we're rapidly running out of landfill sites. Only 9% is [...]

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