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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 [...]

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 [...]

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Yorkshire Tea to switch to biodegradable teabags by 2019

Yorkshire Tea have got some big bits of news to share about plastic. The plastic they've been using to seal their tea bags is going to be replaced with a renewable plant-based material. They're starting to switch over now, [...]

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

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|