Science-of-beauty

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

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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

Market
development

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

Consumer
awareness

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

Industry
engagement

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 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.

Click here to see 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

20Feb, 2019

BBIA response to BBC report on compostable materials being landfilled

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: Our news|

BBIA has responded to a recent BBC article that compostable plastics are going to landfill in Wales rather than recycling because Welsh councils are unable to deal with them. In a letter to the BBC, [...]

4Feb, 2019

Scottish Government announces new plan for biotechnology

By | February 4th, 2019|Categories: Our news|

The Scottish Government has released its National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology, which sets out its vision to achieve a mature bioeconomy by 2025. Published on 31 January 2019, the new national plan hopes to further [...]

31Jan, 2019

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Cities and Circular Food report

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: Our news|

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched its new report, Cities and Circular Economy for Food, on 24 January at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The report highlights the enormous environmental and health damages [...]

23Jan, 2019

Vegware expands composting collection service

By | January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Our news|

Compostable catering disposables manufacturer and BBIA member Vegware has extended its composting collection service to Bristol, allowing the city's food businesses to 'close the loop'. Vegware's Close the Loop trade collections service sees used compostable [...]

23Jan, 2019

Ocean plastic solutions funding accelerator

By | January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Our news|

Up to £2 million of funding has been made available by Innovate UK to help fund solutions to the issue of ocean plastics in a new investment accelerator. The funding is available to support business-led [...]

On the Web

Spanish researchers explore the use of orange peels to produce bio-plastic

An eco-friendly material made from orange peels could be used in the packaging [...]

February 13th, 2019|

Can soil organic carbon reverse atmospheric carbon dioxide build-up?

We need increased levels of soil organic carbon in agriculture for greater soil [...]

January 3rd, 2019|

Corona launches plastic-free six pack rings

Corona announced that it will pilot plastic-free six pack rings in select markets [...]

November 29th, 2018|

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