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Biodegradable Paper and Plastic Packaging Market Size By Type (Starch Based Plastic, Cellulose Based Plastic, Polylactic Acid (PLA), Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)), By Material (Paper, Plastic), By End-user (Food and Beverage, Catering Service Wares, Personal and Home Care, Healthcare), COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2022–2030

  • Report ID: GMI5342
  • Published Date: Sep 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Biodegradable Paper and Plastic Packaging Market size was worth more than USD 2 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11% through 2030. Rising adaption of sustainable packaging alternatives in developing countries to push the global industry growth.
 

Biodegradable Paper and Plastic Packaging Market

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Biodegradable plastic and paper are largely utilized for packaging across all industries owing to their vast variety of characteristics, including biodegradability, recyclability, adaptability, wide availability, lightweight, and most importantly the ‘sustainability’ factor. The development of biodegradable packaging solutions as a partial replacement for petrochemical-based plastics is being driven by significant environmental and food safety concerns, which is stimulating the market outlook.
 

The need for sustainable packaging has increased as people demand change and have started scrutinizing businesses. Consumer preferences are shifting in favor of sustainable and environment-friendly packaging. The biodegradable paper and plastic packaging industry growth is backed by the rising environmental concerns and the increasing willingness of the population worldwide to pay more for sustainable solutions and ‘greener’ packaging.
 

Higher cost of sustainable packaging materials may impede the market growth

The cost of sustainable packaging solutions relies on the volume of production, the expenses of research and development, as well as the dynamic price of packaging materials, which is often high. This factor is anticipated to have an unfavorable effect on the biodegradable paper and plastic packaging market, limiting its growth. On the bright side, manufacturers are constantly working on the development and introduction of less expensive alternatives to overcome the drawback.
 

Easy recyclability of polylactic acid (PLA) to impel segment share

Biodegradable Paper and Plastic Packaging Market, By Type

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The biodegradable paper and plastic packaging market is divided into five categories based on type such as cellulose-based plastic, starch-based plastic, polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), polylactic acid (PLA), and others. The polylactic acid segment held more than 22.5% market share in 2021 and is expected to be worth over USD 1 billion by 2030. PLA is a highly clear material that can be easily recycled. It is frequently used for thermoformed applications for the packaging of dairy goods, ready-to-eat food packaging, clear blister packaging, and drink cups for cold beverages.
 

Growing preference for paper-based sustainable packing to increase industry revenues

Biodegradable Paper and Plastic Packaging Market, By Material

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The market is categorized into paper and plastic, based on materials. The paper-based packaging material segment was worth over USD 900 million in 2021, and it is anticipated to expand at over 11% CAGR during the projection timeframe. The most widely used and conventional type of environmentally sustainable packing materials are paper and paperboard. Growing consumer preference for paper-based packaging, which is considered to be more beneficial for the environment owing to qualities such as simple recycling, decomposition, and home composability, will facilitate the segmental expansion.
 

Increasing popularity of catering service to boost product demand

Biodegradable Paper and Plastic Packaging Market, By End-user

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In terms of end-user, worldwide biodegradable paper and plastic packaging market is bifurcated into healthcare, personal and home care, catering service wares, food and beverages, and others. The market share from catering service wares segment was remunerated over USD 300 million in 2021 and will continue to grow at more than 11.5% CAGR through 2030, owing to the rapidly expanding catering services sector throughout the world’s largest countries, particularly in Asia Pacific. Catering services and other similar food service providers use biodegradable paper and plastic packaging for packing their products.
 

Asia Pacific to become a lucrative avenue for the market

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Asia Pacific biodegradable paper and plastic packaging market size is projected to expand at over 11% CAGR over the forecast period and surpass a valuation of USD 2 billion by 2030. Together with the region's booming population, particularly in China and India, there is rise in number of food and beverage companies. The increased demand for food products, emerging trend of online food ordering, and convenience of delivering packaged food have expedited the industry expansion in APAC.
 

Sustainability initiatives by companies to define the competitive landscape

Leading participants in biodegradable paper and plastic packaging market space are WestRock Company, Stora Enso, Bemis Manufacturing Company, Rocktenn, BASF SE, Clearwater Paper Corporation, Amcor PLC, Mondi, International Paper Company, Tetra Pak International SA, Riverside Paper Co. Inc., SmartSolve Industries, Ho?gör Plastik, Kruger Inc., and DS Smith. In order to establish a strong position in the market, manufacturers are deliberately investing to develop solutions in line with emerging customer needs.
 

Impact of Covid-19 pandemic

The pandemic has had negative effects on the growth biodegradable paper and plastic packaging industry. As manufacturers adjust to the dynamically changing situation, businesses in every industry, including packaging, will need to adopt new technologies and working methods. However, the COVID-19 crisis has unavoidably birthed some innovations as the market is compelled to adapt to a higher level of packaging safety, which transform the industry outlook in the coming years.
 

The biodegradable paper and plastic packaging market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in thousand tons and revenue in USD million from 2018 to 2030 for the following segments:

By Type

  • Starch Based Plastic
  • Cellulose Based Plastic
  • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)
  • Others

By Material

  • Paper
  • Plastic

By End-User

  • Food and Beverage
  • Catering Service Wares
  • Personal and Home Care
  • Healthcare
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa

 

Authors: Kiran Pulidindi , Sayan Mukherjee

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size for biodegradable paper and plastic packaging value was more than USD 2 billion in the year 2021 and is predicted to expand at a CAGR of 11% through 2030.

The PLA (polylactic acid) segment is anticipated to be valued at over $1 billion by 2030, owing to its easy recyclability, along with widespread usage of the packaging material for numerous applications in the food & beverage sector.

The Asia Pacific market is projected to expand at over 11% CAGR through 2030, attributable to the booming population, rise in the number of food and beverage companies, and emerging trend of online food ordering.

The key manufacturers are WestRock Company, Stora Enso, Bemis Manufacturing Company, BASF SE, Clearwater Paper Corporation, Amcor PLC, Mondi, International Paper Company, Tetra Pak International SA, Riverside Paper Co. Inc., SmartSolve Industries, Kruger Inc., and others.

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  • Base Year: 2021
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 433
  • Countries covered: 17
  • Pages: 350

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