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Alternate to Plastics: Emerging Technology Assessment

  • Report

  • 60 Pages
  • December 2018
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 4733469

Novel Renewable Raw Materials that can Replace Single Use Plastics in Wide Range of Applications

Piling up of millions of tons of plastics in landfills and other suitable environment results in the release of harmful contaminants in to the soil and groundwater. Leaching of hazardous contaminants in to the soil reduces the fertility of the soil required for agriculture and excessive seepage of leachates also spoils the quality of groundwater. This increases soil and groundwater toxicity, which makes it unsuitable for any human activity. Burning of plastics also releases toxic fumes in to the surrounding environment and this leads to rapid air pollution. Inhalation of poisonous chemicals and other green house gases emitted during air pollution results in the deterioration of human and animal health. The toxic emissions can be suffocative, choking and can also cause several respiratory disorders in humans.

Global stakeholders are involved in finding sustainable alternatives for plastics but the efforts so far are facing challenges because of cost and performance of alternate material. The new and innovative production processes profiled in the report eliminate many energy intensive intermediate steps that can otherwise increase the operational expenditure of bioplastics production. The new technologies involved also maintain the recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable properties of the materials used in bioplastics production. The research study has identified the utilization of futuristic processes and sustainable raw materials that will enable the manufacture of bio-based plastics,, which can efficiently replace the synthetic counterparts. The research service offers insights primarily on the following:

Overview on the impact of plastics on human health and environment

  • Global regulatory frameworks
  • Technical drivers and challenges for plastic alternates
  • Emerging technologies focusing on sustainable alternatives for plastic
  • Analysis of innovations ecosystem
  • Analysis and recommendations

Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary
1.1 Research Scope
1.2 Research Process and Methodology
1.3 Key Findings in Emerging Innovations for Alternates to Plastics
2 Overview of Alternates to Plastics
2.1 Lack of Biodegradability of Single Use Plastics Facilitates Enhanced Recovery of Used Plastics from the Environment
2.2 Dumping of Plastics in Oceans Creates Huge Garbage Patches, which Can Destroy Several Aquatic Ecosystems
2.3 Overview on Plastic Scrap Composition in Oceans
2.4 Overview on Time Span for Plastics to Biodegrade
2.5 Hazardous Plastic Materials Contributing to Negative Impact on Human Health and Environment
2.6 Significance of Reducing Synthetic Plastic Consumption
2.7 Overview on Alternates to Synthetic Plastics
2.8 Regulatory Frameworks in the US for Reducing Single Use Plastics
2.9 Regulatory Frameworks in Europe for Reducing Single Use Plastics
2.10 Regulatory Frameworks in Asia for Reducing Single Use Plastics
2.11 Utilization of Sustainable Raw Materials Reduces Carbon Footprint and Energy Consumption
2.12 Main Drivers for Using Alternatives to Plastics - Explained
2.13 Lack of Awareness and Lesser Stakeholders Involved are Major Challenges to the Use of Sustainable Materials
2.14 Key Challenges for Using Alternatives to Plastics – Explained
3 Emerging Technologies in Alternates to Plastics: Emerging Sustainable Technologies in Bioplastic Production
3.1 Emerging Innovations based out of Ring Opening Polymerization Technology in Non-packaging – Electronic Industry
3.1.1 Castor Oil and Sebacic Acid-based Polymers for the Manufacture of Electronic Devices
3.1.2 Lactic Acid-based Polymers Increasing Longevity of Electronic Equipment
3.1.3 Corn- and Beet Sugar-based Fibers Replacing Styrene and Halogenic Compounds in the Manufacture of Electronic Appliances
3.1.4 Potato Starch-based Biopolymers with Increased Biodegradability Used in Electronic Applications
3.2 Emerging Innovations-based out of Elastomerization Technology in Packaging – Cosmetic Industry
3.2.1 Biodegradable Labels and Adhesives Replacing Petrochemical Compounds in Cosmeceutical Packaging
3.2.2 Use of Proprietary Cellulose-based Bioplastics for Increasing Shelf Life of Packaging Materials in the Cosmeceutical Industry
3.2.3 Blending of Plant-based Extracts with Biodegradable Cellophane Material for Manufacturing Cosmeceutical Packaging Products
3.3 Emerging Innovations-based out of Elastomerization Technology in Packaging – Food and Beverage
3.3.1 Bagasse-based Compostable Packaging Materials Used in the Food and Beverage Industries
3.3.2 Potato- and Corn-based Packaging Materials Having Excellent Heat Absorbing Capabilities Used in the Packaging Industry
3.3.3 Biodegradable Packaging Material-based Out of Renewable Feedstocks to Reduce the Burden on Landfills
3.3.4 Proprietary Pulping Technologies Used on Kenaf- and Straw-based Packaging Material in the Food Industry
3.3.5 PHA-based Biodegradable Plastics Used in the Food and Cosmeceutical Industry
3.3.6 Blending of Renewable Materials with Conventional Plastics to Increase Biodegradability
3.3.7 Biobased Packaging Materials with Excellent Transparency and Clarity
4 Analysis and Recommendations
4.1 Sustainability Index – Comparison of Conventional Plastics with Bioplastics
4.2 Comparison of Carbon Footprint and Energy Consumption
4.3 Application Overview of Bioplastics
4.4 Impact of Regulatory Frameworks on Reducing Plastics
4.5 SWOT Analysis for the Use of Bioplastics
4.6 Region wise Recommendations for Managing Plastic Waste
5 Growth Opportunities
5.1 Growth Opportunity 1: Business Models – Clean Oceans Alliance
5.2 Growth Opportunity 2: Business Models – Reducing Marine Debris
5.3 Growth Opportunity 3: New Capabilities – Ban on Single Use Plastic
5.4 Growth Opportunity 4: Partnerships – Ban on Single Use Plastic
6 Conclusions
6.1 Key Conclusions
7 Industry Contacts
7.1 Key Contacts
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