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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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Biodegradable plastic made from ‘tree glue’ could be on shelves within five years

Biodegradable plastic that can be tossed out with food scraps could be on the shelves within five years after scientists found an ingenious way to turn ‘tree glue’ into packaging. Researchers at the University [...]

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

Environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and packaging

A form of environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and other packaging after a breakthrough by British scientists. They have found a way to ‘edit’ [...]

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

Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste

New bioplastics are being made in laboratories from straw, wood chips and food waste, with researchers aiming to replace oil as the source of the world’s plastic. The new approaches include genetically modifying [...]

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

Iceland: One small policy could make a big impact on our war on plastic

After announcing a series of plastic waste-busting policies in recent weeks, including a trial of an in-store reverse vending machine for plastic bottles and the adoption of plastic-free labelling for its own-brand packaging, [...]

July 2nd, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Plastic pollution on the agenda for World Environment Day

In the end, this World Environment Day was so much more than we could have imagined. We had an astonishing announcement from the Government of India, a record-breaking number of registered events around the world, and a [...]

June 7th, 2018|Categories: News from 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|