About BBIA

The Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) represents 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.
10 May, 2019

Plastics in the Bioeconomy report

By |2019-05-10T09:23:27+00:00May 10th, 2019|Our news|Comments Off on Plastics in the Bioeconomy report

A new report from Ricardo Energy & Environment looks at the state of the market for plastics in the UK bioeconomy and opportunities for growth in compostables. Awareness of the environmental harm of plastic waste is now prominent in the public consciousness, and both government and business are taking steps to mitigate its negative consequences. [...]

2 May, 2019

Biodegradable bags struggle to break down, claims study

By |2019-05-08T10:01:15+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

Researchers at the University of Plymouth's International Marine Litter Research Unit have revealed that biodegradable, oxo-degradable and conventional plastic bags all remained functional bags despite being in the the soil or marine environment for three years. Although a compostable bag disappeared in the sea after three months, it was still present in soil after 27 months, [...]

29 Apr, 2019

Biodegradable bags struggle to break down, claims study

By |2019-05-08T10:01:16+00:00April 29th, 2019|News from the web|0 Comments

The researchers – from the university’s international marine litter research unit – took biodegradable and compostable bags and exposed them to air, soil and sea, all environments they could encounter if discarded as litter. Biodegradable, oxo-biodegradable and conventional plastic remained functional bags despite being in the soil or marine environment for three years. A compostable [...]

17 Apr, 2019

Our Plastic Predicament video series

By |2019-05-08T10:01:16+00:00April 17th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

Digital education platform ThinkBioplastic has released its second series of videos on the world's plastic problem and potential solutions, entitled Our Plastic Predicament. The latest four episodes address what bioplastic means, why we need more than recycling to tackle the plastic crisis and how bioplastics can perform as well as traditional oil-based plastics. Links to [...]

12 Apr, 2019

Candidates revealed for Bio-based Material of the Year 2019

By |2019-05-08T10:01:16+00:00April 12th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

The six candidates for the innovation award 'Bio-based Material of the Year 2019' have been announced, with the winners to be selected at the 12th International Conference on Bio-based Materials in Cologne, Germany, on 15-16 May 2019. The final candidates were whittled down from 21 to six new materials and innovative products by the conference [...]

5 Apr, 2019

Agency warns over plastics in compost and AD

By |2019-05-08T10:01:16+00:00April 5th, 2019|News from the web|0 Comments

The Environment Agency has threatened a crackdown on poor performing composting and AD sites, where plastic is found in material to be spread to land. And the action could have a knock-on effect on local authorities who could be in trouble for breaching duty of care rules for delivering contaminated feedstock to their [...]

29 Mar, 2019

Opinion: Why we need an international agreement on marine plastic pollution

By |2019-05-08T10:01:16+00:00March 29th, 2019|News from the web|0 Comments

Plastic pollution is strewn across beaches and in oceans, bays, and estuaries. Tiny particles of plastic debris (often called microplastics) are so pervasive in aquatic ecosystems that we find them in seafood and table salt. Marine organisms ingest or are entangled by plastic, sometimes with fatal consequences. Research suggests plastic pollution may impact biodiversity, [...]

28 Mar, 2019

European Parliament adopts new rules on single-use plastics

By |2019-03-28T10:22:20+00:00March 28th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

The European Parliament has agreed on ambitious measures proposed by the European Commission to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on European beaches, as well as abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics. Announced on 27 March 2019, the new rules on single-use plastics and fishing gear are part [...]

19 Mar, 2019

Postdoctoral research opportunity in Luxembourg

By |2019-03-19T11:16:05+00:00March 19th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

Applications are open for a postdoctoral research project at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) on biobased polymers and materials, as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), a funding scheme from the European Commission to finance postdoctoral research projects. The project will take place in the 'Materials Research and Technology' (MRT) department of [...]

12 Mar, 2019

BioBase4SME Innovation Biocamp 2019 applications deadline approaches

By |2019-03-12T11:21:58+00:00March 12th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

The application deadline for BioVale's Innovation Biocamp for start-up bio-based businesses is approaching, with prospective participants having until 18 March 2019 to register for the event. The Biocamp, part of BioVale's BioBase4SME project, will take place in Bovendonk, the Netherlands, across 5-10 May 2019 and will provide small businesses working in the bioeconomy with specialist training fully [...]