Transforming the role of renewable and biodegradable materials in the UK economy

BBIA is the UK trade body for companies producing bio-based and biodegradable products and promotes their use within the context of a circular economy


BBIA, advancing the UK circular bioeconomy

Welcome to the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA), representing companies involved in the production of bio-based and biodegradable products for the benefit of the environment.

Our members’ activities span a wide range of sectors and applications, providing a range of transformative solutions that benefit both businesses and individual consumers. BBIA aims to develop the sustainable use of bio-based (renewable) and biodegradable materials, promoting their market development in the UK.

With increasing pressure to keep fossil fuels in the ground, bio-based alternatives can bridge the gap to meet demand. This can be done through the use of starch and glucose derivatives, as well as fibre reinforcements, including flax, hemp, sisal, jute, wool, bamboo and wood regenerated cellulose among others. The production of new biomaterials is opening up opportunities, creating jobs and wealth in the new green economy.

Many of these materials, once used, can be returned to regenerate soils as compost closing the circular loop of soil to soil. The issue of soil depletion, erosion and desertification is a major ecological challenge which a circular economy for biowastes and biomaterials can help mitigate. Soil is also a carbon sink and increasing the volumes of biowastes returned to soils can help reduce atmospheric emissions. The right materials to do this are needed to ensure such biowastes are free from contamination above all of plastics, to maximise the agronomic value of biowaste recovery.

BBIA is affiliated to the REA, to the IBIOIC, the WRAP Plastic Pact, is a member of the DEFRA Resources and Waste Strategy Advisory Group and the BEIS Business Environment Working Group and acts in favour of the public interest through advocacy for policy changes in the UK.

COOP advice on the provision of compostable carrier bags

The COOP has developed an open-source document providing advice on how to sell compostable carrier bags. Read more.

BBIA’s Chair, Andy Sweetman

Chairman’s Message

BBIA’s Chair, Andy Sweetman, Marketing Manager at Futamura UK, considers the progress BBIA has made over its first five years and the work still to do. Read more


Promoting research, development and production of bio-based and biodegradable chemicals and their derived consumer products


Advancing study of environmental, economic and social impacts of bio-based products, including market research and consumer behaviour affecting use and acceptance of these materials


Encouraging debate and action in connected areas such as waste management, soil, air and water quality, farming, climate change, the marine environment and resource issues

Promoting recognised standards

Participation in the promotion and active development of nationally and internationally recognised standards and certification programmes for products according to their specific applications

Introducing our members

BBIA welcomes members from across the bio-based and biodegradable sector involved in designing and producing products to grow the bioeconomy.

Take a look at what our members are up to.

BBIA member case studies

BBIA has produced a series of case studies of BBIA members for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which is seeking to to produce a strategy that will encourage a world leading bioeconomy appropriate to the UK’s industrial structure and availability of natural resources.

Check out case studies from BBIA members Aquapak, BioBag, Ecospray, Futamura, Snow Business, Vegware and Woolcool to see how they are helping to grow the bioeconomy in the UK.

Case Studies

Our News

17Jun, 2022

BBIA 2022 holds annual meeting

By |June 17th, 2022|Categories: Our news|

BBIA held its annual meeting on 17 May in London, beginning with an interview with Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, who underlined the importance of the work BBIA and its members [...]

17May, 2022

BBIA and members attend Rethinking Materials

By |May 17th, 2022|Categories: Our news|

BBIA and many members attended and spoke at the London Rethinking Materials event on 4-5 May. Interesting to see a whole new generation of young start-ups all producing compostable materials from novel feedstocks, including industrial [...]

17Apr, 2022

BBIA responds to Scottish litter consultation

By |April 17th, 2022|Categories: Our news|

BBIA has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on littering, which closed on 31 March, calling upon the Government to prohibit the sale of plastics claiming generic 'biodegradability' that fail to meet the criteria of [...]

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