Transforming the role of the circular bioeconomy

BBIA is the UK trade body for companies producing bio-based and biodegradable products and promotes the circular bioeconomy


BBIA, advancing the UK circular bioeconomy

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

Our members’ activities span a wide range of sectors and applications, providing a range of sustainable solutions that benefit both businesses and individual consumers. BBIA aims to develop the circular bioeconomy in the UK, promoting markets and production of bio-based and biodegradable chemicals, their transformation into consumer and other products and materials.

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 and wood regenerated cellulose. The production of new biomaterials is opening up opportunities, creating jobs and wealth in the new green economy.

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

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.


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

29Jun, 2020

Latest IBioIC funding calls

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: Our news|

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) is inviting applications to its funding opportunities between industry and academia. Find funding opportunities below. Innovation Fund Project Call August 2020  Scope – Scottish academic-industrial partnerships. Large pieces of innovative [...]

22Jun, 2020

Italian compostables market experiences rapid growth

By |June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Our news|

The Italian association for bioplastics, Assobioplastiche, has revealed the latest market date for the Italian compostables markets, outlining impressive growth in the past few years. More than 110,000 tonnes of compostable materials were produced in [...]

22Jun, 2020

Final report on RES URBIS project released

By |June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Our news|

The European Commission Research Executive Agency has released its final report on the RES URBIS project, which finished last December. Officially called REsources from URban BIo-waSte, the project, which ran from 1 January 2017 to [...]

15Jun, 2020

Government publishes 25 Year Environment Plan update

By |June 15th, 2020|Categories: Our news|

The government has released updates on the progress of the 25 Year Environment Plan, alongside an update to the 25 Year Environment Plan Outcome Indicator Framework. The 25 Year Environment Plan Progress Report provides details [...]

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