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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.
27 Feb, 2019

Open call from Innovate UK Smart Grants

By |2019-02-27T15:52:06+00:00February 27th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

Innovate UK has issued an open call for projects for its 'open grant funding' programme, Smart. Innovate UK will invest up to £20 million in the best disruptive ideas and projects with a view to commercialisation, with projects that overlap with Innovate UK's grand challenge areas – including clean growth – particularly welcomed. Projects submitted [...]

27 Feb, 2019

Edinburgh biofilm engineering workshop

By |2019-05-08T10:01:16+00:00February 27th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

The National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) is holding a workshop on biofilm engineering on Tuesday 30 April at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). The workshop will be the second industrial/academic cross-sector workshop on biofilm engineering held by NBIC, following on from the Centre's first workshop on biofilm detection. The workshop will explore problem areas, unmet needs and [...]

27 Feb, 2019

71 per cent of EU agricultural land used to feed livestock, says Greenpeace report

By |2019-05-08T10:01:16+00:00February 27th, 2019|Our news|0 Comments

Greenpeace released a report on 12 February 2019 on how public funds delivered via the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are currently used, finding that around 71 percent of EU agricultural land is used to feed livestock.   When excluding grasslands and only taking account of land used for growing crops, the report concludes that [...]

13 Feb, 2019

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

By |2019-05-08T10:01:16+00:00February 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 |2019-02-04T12:07:47+00:00February 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 |2019-05-08T10:01:17+00:00January 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 |2019-05-08T10:01:17+00:00January 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 |2019-05-08T10:01:17+00:00January 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 |2019-01-16T11:53:16+00:00January 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 [...]