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

18Jun, 2019

EU Single Use Plastics Directive enters into law

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: Our news|

The EU Single Use Plastics Directive has entered into law after being ratified by the European Council of Ministers. The new Directive will prevent the sale and use of 10 of the most polluting singe-use [...]

18Jun, 2019

BBIA says UCL compostables study is misleading

By |June 18th, 2019|Categories: Our news|

The BBIA has criticised a study published by the University College London that claimed that plastic packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable was misleading, stating that they don't tell consumers that the material needs to be [...]

4Jun, 2019

Visits to BASF demonstration plots

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

BASF, which works closely with farmers to improve biodiversity and ensure sustainable crop production, will be running a series of visits to some of its on-farm production and environmental demonstration plots – which have now [...]

28May, 2019

#OnePlasticFreeDay to take place 5 June

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: Our news|

On 5 June 2019, A Plastic Planet will be asking people to get involved in #OnePlasticFreeDay to urge governments and big businesses to take action on plastic waste. The campaign asks people to pick one [...]

22May, 2019

Penultimate Res Urbis meeting in Valencia

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

The penultimate stakeholder meeting of the Horizon 2020-funded Res Urbis project will take place in Valencia, Spain, on 10 July from 9am to 1pm. The project, which leads research into converting urban bio-waste into bio-based [...]

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