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.
6 Jul, 2018

IBioIC call for Phd programme 2019 applications

By | July 6th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The call for PhD Projects to enter IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) PhD Programme in October 2019 is now open. IBioIC welcomes applications from its academic partners (Scotland and N8 partnership) in joint collaboration with any of its industrial members. For 2019, there are 14 BBSRC- and six IBioIC-funded studentships with studentships allocated through a competitive process. The closing date [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Biodegradable plastic made from ‘tree glue’ could be on shelves within five years

By | July 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Biodegradable plastic that can be tossed out with food scraps could be on the shelves within five years after scientists found an ingenious way to turn ‘tree glue’ into packaging. Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that a natural glue called lignin, which holds cellulose fibres together, stiffening plant stems, can be turned [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and packaging

By | July 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

A form of environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and other packaging after a breakthrough by British scientists. They have found a way to ‘edit’ the genes of a microbe to speed up the conversion of plant material into bioplastics that break down naturally. Read [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste

By | July 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

New bioplastics are being made in laboratories from straw, wood chips and food waste, with researchers aiming to replace oil as the source of the world’s plastic. The new approaches include genetically modifying bacteria to eat wood and produce useful chemicals. But the bioplastics are currently significantly more expensive to make than fossil [...]

2 Jul, 2018

Iceland: One small policy could make a big impact on our war on plastic

By | July 2nd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

After announcing a series of plastic waste-busting policies in recent weeks, including a trial of an in-store reverse vending machine for plastic bottles and the adoption of plastic-free labelling for its own-brand packaging, supermarket chain Iceland's Managing Director Richard Walker shares his thoughts on the fight against plastic waste. Read full article

2 Jul, 2018

Plastics recycling in the UK: Some thoughts from Green Alliance

By | July 2nd, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

Following the publication of Resourcing the Future's (RTF) report on plastics, 'Eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042: a use-based approach to decision and policy-making', and BBIA's corresponding response, please find below links to blog posts from environmental think tank Green Alliance on the state of plastics recycling in the UK. Why the UK could soon [...]

28 Jun, 2018

BBIA contests findings of report produced for Resourcing the Future on plastic waste

By | June 28th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA criticises Resourcing the Future’s (RTF) report on plastics, ‘Eliminating avoidable plastic waste by 2042: a use-based approach to decision and policy-making’, for the misinformation on bioplastics contained in the report. BBIA feels that the report contains a number of inaccuracies that mislead the public and are damaging to the bioplastics sector at a time of [...]

14 Jun, 2018

BBIA clarifies role of compostable packaging in the circular economy

By | June 14th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The BBIA has published a document aiming to clarify the role of biodegradable packaging in the circular economy and clear up persisting myths around compostable bioplastics. The document defines as compostable 'materials which are certified to biodegrade in a certain time and place'. They are not designed to biodegrade by the roadside and are not a solution [...]

11 Jun, 2018

BBIA, European Bioplastics and the USA Bioplastics Institute respond to misconceptions in National Geographic article on plastic waste

By | June 11th, 2018|Our news|0 Comments

The BBIA has penned a joint letter with European Bioplastics and the USA Bioplastics Institute in response to an article published in National Geographic. The article plays on a series of misconception regarding bioplastics and the meaning of 'biodegradable', and our letter seeks to refute these and clear up the confusion. We remind that our members [...]

7 Jun, 2018

Plastic pollution on the agenda for World Environment Day

By | June 7th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

In the end, this World Environment Day was so much more than we could have imagined. We had an astonishing announcement from the Government of India, a record-breaking number of registered events around the world, and a social media game that broke every expectation. Our site nearly crashed a couple of times because of all the traffic, but [...]