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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.
13 Feb, 2019

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

By | February 13th, 2019|News from the web|0 Comments

An eco-friendly material made from orange peels could be used in the packaging and agricultural sectors, according to Spanish researchers working on a circular economy project called MIPLASCOE. Essentially, the researchers are aiming to recover the wastes generated in the orange juice sector in order to produce bio-plastic. Like plastic, when dried the [...]

4 Feb, 2019

Scottish Government announces new plan for biotechnology

By | February 4th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

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 embed circular economy thinking in Scotland's manufacturing sector, aiming to increase the number of companies active in industrial biotechnology to [...]

31 Jan, 2019

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches Cities and Circular Food report

By | January 31st, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

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 caused by the linear nature of how we produce food and manage waste and by-products. The findings brings to light how [...]

23 Jan, 2019

Vegware expands composting collection service

By | January 23rd, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

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 disposables collected from food businesses to be turned into compost for use in UK fields. Additionally, Vegware also runs a [...]

23 Jan, 2019

Ocean plastic solutions funding accelerator

By | January 23rd, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

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 innovation that will help develop solutions to the environmental crisis caused by plastic pollution in the world's oceans. The competition [...]

16 Jan, 2019

Innovation Biocamp for bio-based SMEs

By | January 16th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

BioVale will be running an Innovation Biocamp for start-up bio-based businesses in the Netherlands. The BioBase4SME project will be providing small businesses working in the bioeconomy with €7,000-worth of specialist training fully funded by the project at its Biocamp in Bovendonk, the Netherlands, across 5-10 May 2019. The Biocamp is free of charge and applications [...]

3 Jan, 2019

Co-op progress on compostable bags use

By | January 3rd, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

UK supermarket Co-op announced in October that it would be offering new compostable bags at more than 1,000 of its stores nationwide in a bid to cut single-use plastics use. The retailer has joined forces with BBIA member Novamont to use the Italian company's Mater-Bi bioplastic in the plastic bags given out by the supermarket. [...]

3 Jan, 2019

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

By | January 3rd, 2019|News from the web|0 Comments

We need increased levels of soil organic carbon in agriculture for greater soil fertility. Increased biomass production results from increased soil fertility and soil fertility are strongly correlated with soil organic matter content. Fertile soil therefore has the ability to feed more people and to store more carbon.  These are the primary benefits of fertile [...]

7 Dec, 2018

Bioeconomy Strategy released

By | December 7th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The UK Government has released its Bioeconomy Strategy, which outlines how the UK can become a world-leader in the bioeconomy by 2030. The strategy, released on 5 December, seeks to double the value of the bioeconomy to the UK economy from £220 billion to £440 billion and create a fertile policy environment conducive to the [...]

4 Dec, 2018

BBIA Managing Director David Newman speaks at Drowning in Plastics panel event

By | December 4th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA Managing Director David Newman featured in a panel debate on the plastics crisis hosted by BBC science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin at the Royal Geographic Society in London on 29 November. The event explored the obstacles in the way of tackling the plastics crisis and what needs to be done to reduce its detrimental [...]