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Biodegradable Packaging Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

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  • 177 Pages
  • August 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5230134

Quick Summary:

In a world increasingly conscious of its carbon footprint, the Biodegradable Packaging Market presents an opportunity ripe for exploitation. Driven by a surge in consumer preference for sustainable solutions, the market has shown significant growth. This potential is further amplified by the increasing demand for recyclable and biodegradable products across a broad spectrum of end-user industries.

Today's market landscape sees a concerted effort from manufacturers to expand the production of biodegradable materials. The consequences of plastic waste generation have not gone unnoticed by global governments, prompting a pivot to biodegradable alternatives. Additionally, significant steps are being taken to eliminate single-use plastic packaging, creating an even more favorable environment for biodegradable packaging.

Heightened awareness about the detrimental effects of synthetic materials on health and the environment, coupled with the trend for natural cosmetic products, suggest that personal/homecare packaging would emerge as a significant application in the Biodegradable Packaging Market. By investing in the Biodegradable Packaging Market, companies will position themselves at the forefront of an eco-conscious, sustainable revolution, ready to meet the growing consumer demand for kinder, greener options.

The Biodegradable Packaging Market size is estimated at USD 99.33 billion in 2023, and is expected to reach USD 132.74 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 5.97% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

The demand for biodegradable packaging has increased over the past decade due to the growing awareness concerning environmental conservation, especially in the post-pandemic scenario. The growth of the market is being driven by increased consumer preference toward sustainable packaging materials and expanding demand for recyclable and biodegradable products across various end-user industries.

Key Highlights

  • Considering the growing demand, the manufacturers of bioplastics and other biodegradable materials are focusing on further expanding the production of these materials. For instance, according to European Bioplastics, the production capacity of bioplastics is expected to increase significantly from around 2.41 million tons in 2021 to approximately 7.59 million tons in 2026.
  • With the increasing amount of packaging waste generated worldwide, governments across the globe are adapting to alternative sources, such as biodegradable packaging. The United States has only 4% of the world's population and generates 12% of global municipal solid waste (MSW). It is also stated that the United States produces about 106.2 kg of plastic waste per person per year. (Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States).
  • Various countries and organizations are trying to scrap the utilization of single-use plastic packaging, which is further creating a favorable market scenario for biodegradable packaging. In developing countries such as India, where packaging waste has become a major issue, state and central governments have begun to take steps to prohibit the use of single-use plastic.Several companies have started switching to eco-friendly alternatives. For instance, in India, a ban on select single-use plastic items came into effect on July 1, 2022. The law bans the manufacturing & stocking, import, distribution, sale, and use of identified single-use plastic items that have low utility and high littering potential.
  • Similarly, to act against plastic pollution, the European Union put a ban on products such as single-use plastic plates, straws, cutlery, balloon sticks, cotton buds, etc. in July 2021. Furthermore, the European Union has placed restrictions on the use of cups, food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene, and all oxo-degradable plastic products.

Biodegradable Packaging Market Trends

Personal/Homecare Packaging is Expected to be One of the Most Significant Applications

The trend toward using and seeking natural materials and additives for personal or cosmetic products has been rising as the adverse effects of synthetic materials on health and the environment became apparent. Currently, marketing trends are turning toward natural solutions for cosmetics, which promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • According to CDF Corporation, the cosmetics and personal care industry embraces and contributes to the innovation of a sustainable packaging culture, pursuing packaging that reduces environmental impact by using natural materials that are reused, recycled, and reduced.
  • Similarly, Pangea Organics has developed innovative packaging that combines creative design with a minimal ecological footprint. Made with WindPower 80, Pangea Organics' origami folding boxes aim for zero waste. This package is made of water-soluble PVOH plastic film. This is just one of the many attractive packaging designs that highlight the endless possibilities of sustainable packaging.
According to a survey conducted by Mondi Group in April 2022, the EU Plastics Strategy aims to transform how plastic products are designed, manufactured, used, and recycled in the EU. While this is important for the environment, it is also important for commercial success as consumers increasingly turn to brands that are taking smarter steps to tackle sustainability. Also, 64% of consumers in France, Italy, Poland, and Spain have switched to home brands that have adopted more sustainable packaging solutions in the past year alone.

United Kingdom is Expected to Show Significant Growth Rate

  • The United Kingdom (UK) is among the leading countries in Europe, wherein the demand for biodegradable packaging has been increasing. The higher awareness about the sustainability factors of packaging products, along with recent government initiatives, are creating a favorable market scenario for the growth of the studied market in the country.
  • The ban on single-use plastics is among the primary factors that will directly impact the demand for biodegradable packaging products. For instance, in 2021, the UK government announced plans to ban single-use plastic cutlery, plates, and polystyrene cups in England to tackle plastic pollution.
  • Several existing vendors, as well as startups operating in the packaging industry, are also taking the initiative to promote biodegradable packaging in the country. For instance, in June 2022, Magical Mushroom Company, a UK-based company, secured funding of EUR 3.4 million (USD 3.31 million) for its plant-based sustainable packaging.

Biodegradable Packaging Industry Overview

The biodegradable packaging market is highly fragmented. The market studied comprises Amcor Limited, Sealed Air Corporation, Mondi Group PLC, and Tetra Pak International SA. Several regional firms in countries such as India are also trying to gain market share. Barriers to entry are low, resulting in the advent of smaller players and further increasing competitive rivalry.

In June 2021, Tetra Pak tied up with the FINISH Society, a well-known solid waste management NGO, to increase collection of used carton packages in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. As part of the collaborative effort, FINISH Society will be working with the Municipal Corporation of Udaipur to recover used packs of juice or milk from the corporation’s sorting centers, which will then be channeled to the nearest recycler. Tetra Pak and FINISH Society will also focus on raising awareness among the waste-picker community about the value of collecting used beverage cartons and selling them to a recycler.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions & Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.4 Technology Snapshot
4.5 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry
5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 Increasing Demand For Sustainable Products By Consumers and Brands
5.1.2 Stringent Government Regulations
5.2 Market Restraints
5.2.1 Growing investments for Recyclable Packaging Solutions
5.2.2 Lack of Supply of Bio-plastics and Related Materials
6.1 By Material Type
6.1.1 Plastic Starch-Based Plastics Cellulose-Based Plastics Polylactic Acid (PLA) Poly-3-Hydroxybutyrate (PHB) Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) Other Plastics
6.1.2 Paper Kraft Paper Flexible Paper Corrugated Fiberboard Boxboard
6.2 By Application
6.2.1 Food Packaging
6.2.2 Beverage Packaging
6.2.3 Pharmaceutical Packaging
6.2.4 Personal/Homecare Packaging
6.2.5 Other Applications
6.3 Geography
6.3.1 North America United States Canada
6.3.2 Europe United Kingdom Germany France Rest of Europe
6.3.3 Asia Pacific China India Japan Rest of Asia Pacific
6.3.4 Rest of the World Latin America Middle East and Africa
7.1 Company Profiles*
7.1.1 Tetra Pak International SA
7.1.2 Amcor PLC
7.1.3 Mondi Group
7.1.4 Imex Packaging
7.1.5 Elevate Packaging Inc.
7.1.6 Kruger Inc.
7.1.7 Biopak PTY LTD (Duni Group)
7.1.8 Smurfit Kappa Group PLC
7.1.9 Berkley International Packaging Limited ?
7.1.10 Greenpack Limited
7.1.11 International Paper Company
7.1.12 Ranpak Holding Corporation

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Tetra Pak International SA
  • Amcor PLC
  • Mondi Group
  • Imex Packaging
  • Elevate Packaging Inc.
  • Kruger Inc.
  • Biopak PTY LTD (Duni Group)
  • Smurfit Kappa Group PLC
  • Berkley International Packaging Limited ​
  • Greenpack Limited
  • International Paper Company
  • Ranpak Holding Corporation