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 inaugural Chair, Andy Sweetman, Marketing Manager at Futamura UK, considers the progress BBIA has made over its first two 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.

Our News

2Aug, 2019

Comment: The case for compostables

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Our news|

BBIA Managing Director David Newman was recently featured in Footprint arguing that compostables have an important role to play. Footprint does a great job of exposing flaws in our food, packaging and waste systems. Last month [...]

22Jul, 2019

IBioIC launches PhD call

By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Our news|

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) has launched its October 2020 PhD call. IBioIC supports PhD projects that are jointly funded by IBioIC and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), all delivered as [...]

12Jul, 2019

BBC video on why soil is disappearing from farms

By |July 12th, 2019|Categories: Our news|

BBC Future has produced a short video exploring climate change, intensive agriculture and urbanisation and the ways in which this interact to degrade soil around the world. The video can be viewed on the BBC [...]

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Upcoming events

  • RWM 2019

    September 11 @ 9:00 am - September 12 @ 5:00 pm

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