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The Global Market for Biobased and Natural Microbeads to 2027

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  • 100 Pages
  • October 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Future Markets, Inc
  • ID: 5674009

Plastic microbeads are a multi-billion dollar market, with applications in markets ranging from cosmetics to oil & gas.  However, their use is limited in some applications, and regulatory curbs regarding use are likely to increase. Replacement of plastic microbeads with biodegradable and non-toxic alternatives is increasingly important and the market will grow to meet both regulatory demands and increased use of microbeads in healthcare (e.g pharmaceuticals and drug delivery), food and beverages), paints and coatings, and cosmetics and personal care sectors.

Microplastics can be separated into primary and secondary microplastics. Primary microplastics are mostly thermoset and thermoplast plastic materials that have been added to products to fulfil a certain function. For example, these synthetic non-degradable polymers are used in personal care and cosmetics for exfoliation, film formation, sorbents for delivering active ingredients, skin conditioning etc.. While some of these microbeads are clearly visible, others are in the micro- or nanometre range. Personal care and cosmetic products since the 1990s have been increasingly formulated to include microbeads to improve their abrasive and other qualities. Many companies have curtailed their use or pivoted to natural alternatives, but it still represents a sizeable global market.

Secondary microplastics are formed by the fragmentation of macroplastics (>5 mm) by processes such as weathering of plastic litter and paint layers, as well as wear of car tyres and are the main focus of environmental concerns. However, primary microplastics also raise issues and are a target for regulation. Therefore the developments of biobased and natural alternatives has grown in recent years.

This report covers primary microplastics based on petroleum-based polymers and biobased and natural alternatives in the following markets:

  • Personal care.
  • Cosmetics.
  • Agriculture and horticulture.
  • Paints and coatings.
  • Oil and gas.
  • Medical and pharma.
  • Industrial abrasives.

Commercially available biodegradable plastics and natural materials used as primary microplastic alternatives covered include:

  • natural hard materials
  • starch based materials
  • bacteria based materials (e.g. PHA)
  • soy based materials
  • cellulose based materials
  • lignin based materials
  • natural fibers (e.g. bamboo, jute, sisal, etc.)

Data presented includes:

  • Markets and applications for primary microplastics including global production in tonnes 2017-2027, applications, types of microplastics added.
  • Markets and applications for biobased and natural microplastics alternative materials including types, applications, global production and suppliers.
  • Profiles of 33 producers. Companies profiled include Asahi Kasei, Calyxia, Daicel, Daito Kasei Kogyo Co., JNC, Naturbeads and Rengo.


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Table of Contents

2.1 Microplastics added to products
2.1.1 Classification
2.1.2 Function and applications
2.2 Global market size
2.2.1 Global market 2021, applications Personal care Cosmetics Agriculture and horticulture Paints & coatings Soap, detergents and maintenance products Oil and gas Medical products
2.2.2 Global market 2021, by sector (volume in tonnes)
2.2.3 Global market 2021, by region (volume in tonnes)
2.2.4 Global market 2017-2021, by sector (volume in tonnes)
2.2.5 Global market 2022-2027, by sector (estimated volume in tonnes)
2.2.6 Global market 2017-2027, by sector (estimated revenues)
2.2.7 Global market 2017-2021, by region (volume in tonnes)

3.1 Use as an alternative to microplastics
3.2 Likelihood of market penetration of natural microplastic alternatives
3.3 Natural hard materials
3.4 Natural polymers
3.4.1 Polysaccharides Starch Applications Companies Cellulose Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) Applications Companies Regenerated cellulose microspheres Applications Companies Cellulose nanocrystals Applications Companies Bacterial nanocellulose (BNC) Companies Chitin Description Applications Companies
3.4.2 Proteins Collagen/Gelatin Applications Casein
3.4.3 Polyesters Polyhydroxyalkanoates Applications Companies Polylactic acid Applications Companies
3.4.4 Other natural polymers Lignin Description Applications Companies
3.5 Global market size
3.5.1 Global market 2017-2027, for alternative and natural microbeads (volume in tonnes)

4 PRODUCER PROFILES (33 company profiles)5 REFERENCES
List of Tables
Table 1. Summary of functions and applications for microplastics
Table 2. Personal care products containing primary microplastics
Table 3. Agriculture and horticulture products containing microplastics
Table 4. Soaps, detergents and maintenance products containing microplastics
Table 5. Example microsphere products in drug delivery
Table 6. Medical products containing microplastics
Table 7. Global market for primary microparticles 2017-2021, by sector, tonnes
Table 8. Global market for primary microparticles 2022-2027, by sector, tonnes
Table 9. Global market 2017-2027, by sector (estimated revenues, millions USD)
Table 10. Global market for primary microparticles 2017-2021, by region, tonnes
Table 11. Biodegradable polymers
Table 12. Likelihood of market penetration of natural microplastic alternatives
Table 13.Companies developing starch microspheres/microbeads
Table 14. Companies developing microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) spheres/beads
Table 15. Companies developing cellulose microbeads
Table 16. CNC properties
Table 17. Applications of cellulose nanocrystals (NCC)
Table 18. Companies developing cellulose nanocrystal microbeads
Table 19. Cellulose nanocrystal production capacities and production process, by producer
Table 20. Applications of bacterial nanocellulose (BNC)
Table 21. Companies developing bacterial nanocellulose microbeads
Table 22.Companies developing chitin microspheres/microbeads
Table 23.Types of PHAs and properties
Table 24. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) producers
Table 25. Companies developing PHA for microbeads
Table 26. PLA producers and production capacities
Table 27. Technical lignin types and applications
Table 28. Properties of lignins and their applications
Table 29. Production capacities of technical lignin producers
Table 30. Production capacities of biorefinery lignin producers
Table 31. Companies developing lignin for microbeads (current or potential applications)
Table 32. Lactips plastic pellets

List of Figures
Figure 1. Typical sources of primary microplastics
Figure 2. Total quantity of microplastics present in personal care products 2021 (tonnes), by scale
Figure 3. Toothpaste incorporating microbeads
Figure 4. Total quantity of microplastics present in cosmetics 2021 (tonnes), by scale
Figure 5. Total quantity of microplastics present in agriculture and horticulture 2021 (tonnes), by scale
Figure 6. Total quantity of microplastics present in paints and coatings 2021 (tonnes), by scale
Figure 7. Total quantity of microplastics present in Soaps, detergents and maintenance products 2021 (tonnes), by scale
Figure 8. Total quantity of microplastics present in oil and gas 2021 (tonnes), by scale
Figure 9. Global market by sector, primary microparticles, tonnes
Figure 10. Global market by region 2021, primary microparticles, tonnes
Figure 11. Global market for primary microparticles 2017-2021, by sector, tonnes
Figure 12. Global market for primary microparticles 2022-2027, by sector, tonnes
Figure 13. Global market 2017-2027, by sector (estimated revenues, USD)
Figure 14. Global market for primary microparticles 2017-2021, by region, tonnes
Figure 15. Bacterial nanocellulose shapes
Figure 16. Global market 2017-2027, for biobased and natural microbeads (volume in tonnes)
Figure 17: CNC produced at Tech Futures’ pilot plant; cloudy suspension (1 wt.%), gel-like (10 wt.%), flake-like crystals, and very fine powder. Product advantages include:
Figure 18: NCCTM Process
Figure 19. Pressurized Hot Water Extraction
Figure 20. BELLOCEA™
Figure 21. VIVAPUR® MCC Spheres
Figure 22. Viscopearl®
Figure 23. The Proesa® Process

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
  • Alberta Innovates
  • AMSilk GmbH
  • Andritz Oy
  • Anellotech
  • Anomera, Inc.
  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • BioLogiQ, Inc.
  • Bioweg
  • Blue Goose Biorefineries
  • Calyxia
  • Celluforce, Inc
  • CH-Bioforce Oy
  • CIMV
  • Daicel Corporation
  • Daito Kasei Kogyo Co.
  • Eckart GmbH
  • 525 Solutions, Inc.
  • Grabio Greentech Corporation
  • JNC Corporation
  • JRS Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
  • Lactips
  • LignoPure GmbH
  • Nafigate Corporation-Hydal
  • Naturbeads
  • NatureWorks LLC
  • novamont
  • Rengo
  • TerraVerdae BioWorks
  • Versalis spa
  • Yield10 Bioscience, Inc.