Whilst we tend to talk about the bioeconomy in terms of bioplastics, we often forget that the bioeconomy provides feedstocks for many other innovative materials that can increase circularity, reduce pollution and reduce waste from non-recyclable, traditional materials.
In this one hour webinar in collaboration with BBIA member Woolcool, which takes place on Thursday 1 October at 12pm BST, we will discuss three case studies showcasing the UK’s growing bioeconomy:
The first is from Woolcool, an award winning company from Staffordshire, UK, whose use of wool as a packaging insulation material has been recognised by (among others) the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in 2018.
The second is Ananas Anam of the UK who produce a fibre material known as Piñatex. Piñatex is a natural, sustainable and innovative material made from pineapple leaf fibres. The pineapple leaves are the by-product of existing agriculture and their use provides an additional income stream for farming communities. To produce the raw material no additional environmental resources are required.
The third is BBIA founder member Fuchs Lubricants, a German company with production facilities in the UK which have been using bio-based and biodegradable polymers to produce biodegradable lubricants since the 1970s. Biolubes have several advantages over traditional lubricant oils in that they biodegrade in case of spillage and often have superior performance in reducing machine wear and tear.
Welcome and presentation of speakers: David Newman, Managing Director, BBIA
Chair: Iris Anderson – An introduction to the bioeconomy in the UK
Josie Morris, Managing Director, Woolcool
Dr Carmen Hijosa, Founder, Ananas Anam
Paul Tierney, Technical Manager, Fuchs Lubricants