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13 Sep, 2019

UK Government Brexit customs intermediaries grant scheme

By |2019-09-30T15:13:00+00:00September 13th, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on UK Government Brexit customs intermediaries grant scheme

The government has made £16 million in new funding available to help businesses prepare for Brexit. Leaving the EU on 31 Oc‌to‌be‌r 2019 means there will be immediate changes to the way UK businesses trade with the EU that may impact your business. This includes UK businesses having to apply customs, excise and VAT procedures [...]

12 Sep, 2019

BBIA response to parliamentary reports on recycling and plastic packaging

By |2019-09-12T13:42:08+00:00September 12th, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on BBIA response to parliamentary reports on recycling and plastic packaging

In recent weeks two parliamentary reports have illustrated the resistance in certain sectors to radical changes to the UK’s policies for managing wastes and resources. As they compel change and involve reallocation of financial resources and responsibilities, this was to be expected. Inertia, having to adhere to externally imposed targets and the risk of stranded [...]

12 Sep, 2019

Government Brexit Business Readiness Roadshow registration now live

By |2019-09-12T09:44:38+00:00September 12th, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on Government Brexit Business Readiness Roadshow registration now live

The schedule and registration for the government's free Brexit Business Readiness Event roadshow is now live, which you can view and sign up for here. Support for businesses will be available on a range of areas including: Importing from the EU Exporting to the EU Providing services or doing business in the EU Employing EU [...]

10 Sep, 2019

Fungi Biomaterials Workshop

By |2019-09-10T09:52:12+00:00September 10th, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on Fungi Biomaterials Workshop

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) will be supporting a fungi cultivation and biomaterials workshop taking place in Aberdeen from the 28-31 October. The workshop will be comprised of two separate modules – one on fungi cultivation (28-29 October) and the other on fungi biomaterials (30-31 October). These modules are aimed at anyone with an [...]

27 Aug, 2019

No-deal Brexit could see ‘more waste going to landfill’

By |2019-08-27T08:42:04+00:00August 27th, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on No-deal Brexit could see ‘more waste going to landfill’

Waste management company Suez claims that a no-deal Brexit could lead to more waste being sent to landfill due to the disruption caused by leaving the EU without a deal. Speaking to BBC News, Stuart Hayward-Higham, Technical Development Director at Suez, said: "In the various impacts we've looked at, as a result of a no-deal Brexit, [...]

9 Aug, 2019

Prince of Wales pays visit to Woolcool on tenth birthday

By |2019-08-09T16:00:04+00:00August 9th, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on Prince of Wales pays visit to Woolcool on tenth birthday

BBIA members Woolcool received a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales on 19 July as part of the innovative company's celebrations of 10 years since it began creating ground-breaking sustainable food packaging from wool. The Prince visited Woolcool's Staffordshire HQ to learn more about the company's use of natural materials in insulated packaging, before [...]

2 Aug, 2019

Comment: The case for compostables

By |2019-08-02T09:19:32+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on Comment: The case for compostables

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 it targeted compostable packaging, but I think some of the comments were unfair and I want to correct the balance. When [...]

22 Jul, 2019

IBioIC launches PhD call

By |2019-07-22T15:38:44+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on IBioIC launches PhD call

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 part of its Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP). The competitive call is for projects beginning in October 2020 and lasting four [...]

12 Jul, 2019

BBC video on why soil is disappearing from farms

By |2019-07-12T08:41:18+00:00July 12th, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on BBC video on why soil is disappearing from farms

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 website.

5 Jul, 2019

Scientific studies confirm the marine biodegradability of Novamont’s Mater-Bi bioplastic

By |2019-07-05T13:59:30+00:00July 5th, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on Scientific studies confirm the marine biodegradability of Novamont’s Mater-Bi bioplastic

Novamont's Mater-Bi bioplastic has been confirmed as being completely biodegradable in the marine environment within four to 12 months following a series of tests carried out in its own laboratories and by Hydra and the University of Siena. The studies were carried out to answer the question of what happens if a bag made of [...]