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5Mar, 2018

New EU standard for biodegradable mulch films in agriculture issued

March 5th, 2018|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

A new European standard EN17033 on the biodegradation of plastic mulch films in agriculture has been published, specifying the necessary requirements and test methods to allow for the use of mulch films under the standard. The [...]

5Feb, 2018

BEIS seeks views from businesses on Brexit topics as ministers pen open letter to industry

February 5th, 2018|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

BEIS is seeking views on a range of topics as it moves forward with Brexit preparations, while three government ministers have sent an open letter to businesses setting out the UK's ambitions for an implementation [...]

30Jan, 2018

BBIA comments on Co-Op initiative to remove plastic from own-brand tea bags

January 30th, 2018|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

The Co-operative Food Group last weekend announced that it is developing a fully biodegradable paper teabag that does not contain plastic. The major retailer is to make its own-brand Fairtrade 99 teabags free of polypropylene, [...]

14Jan, 2018

David Newman talks foodservice and the bioeconomy in Footprint interview

January 14th, 2018|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

BBIA Managing Director David Newman has been interviewed by hospitality industry website Footprint on the role of bio-based and biodegradable materials in a more sustainable foodservice sector and the government's upcoming Bioeconomy Strategy. In the interview, [...]

13Dec, 2017

Government waste stats show increase in UK food waste collections

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

Defra released the latest government waste statistics for the UK on 5 December 2017. Amongst other figures of note, the statistics show a rise of 15 per cent in food waste collections across the UK in [...]

6Dec, 2017

FAO unveils resources to support World Soil Day

December 6th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has released a selection of resources to mark World Soil Day (5 December). World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for [...]

27Nov, 2017

European Commission Bioeconomy Week – Presentations

November 27th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

BBIA was present in Brussels at the Bioeconomy Week in November. The European Commission organised, on Thursday 16 November, a Bioeconomy Policy Day to present its review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan and [...]

15Nov, 2017

Aquapak Polymers launches new flexible Hydropol range

November 15th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Aquapak Polymers Ltd is introducing HydropolTM, a library of highly functional flexible plastics that are water soluble, biodegradable, recyclable, non-toxic and FDA-approved. Despite having excellent barrier qualities as a packaging material, HydropolTM completely [...]

13Nov, 2017

BBIA backs EMF call for worldwide ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging

November 13th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

The Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) is one of over 150 companies endorsing a call from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging worldwide. Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, including carrier bags, is often marketed [...]

30Oct, 2017

BEIS requests responses on two new White Papers

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published two White Papers this month:   Customs Bill: legislating for the UK’s future customs, VAT and excise regimes 9 October https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/customs-bill-legislating-for-the-uks-future-customs-vat-and-excise-regimes Preparing for our future UK [...]

19Oct, 2017

Innovation R&D loans to be piloted by Innovate UK

October 19th, 2017|Categories: Our news|0 Comments

Innovate UK is rolling out a pilot of innovation loans from the government. These loans provide low interest (3.7 per cent), flexible funding to SMEs in the later stages of R&D, which have clear plans [...]

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Here’s how America uses its land

There are many statistical measures that show how productive the U.S. is. Its economy is the largest in the world and grew at a rate of 4.1 percent last quarter, its fastest pace [...]

August 2nd, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Guilt-free solution to plastics problem is hard to find

If the grisly images of marine life maimed and killed by waste plastics aren’t enough to get our attention, new Australian research linking plastics to smaller penises probably is. As Fairfax Media  reported on Thursday, [...]

July 26th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

UK’s plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the world, the government’s spending watchdog has warned. Huge amounts of packaging waste is [...]

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

Yorkshire Tea to switch to biodegradable teabags by 2019

Yorkshire Tea have got some big bits of news to share about plastic. The plastic they've been using to seal their tea bags is going to be replaced with a renewable plant-based material. They're starting to switch over now, [...]

July 16th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

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

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 [...]

July 6th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|

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

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’ [...]

July 6th, 2018|Categories: News from the web|