A substance or material is termed to be biodegradable if it can be easily broken down (decomposed) by action of microorganisms. Rampant and unrestricted use of cheap and potentially toxic materials such as plastics has led to alarmingly high volumes of waste that is highly detrimental to the environment. Such waste ends up in landfills or often is burnt, polluting the air, water and the earth. As per independent estimates, the packaging industry in the U.S. contributes around 29 million tons of non-biodegradable waste in landfills each year, with plastics accounting for 11.8% of the overall solid waste from municipalities. While recycling is touted to be a remedial measure to alleviate the situation, a mere 5.7% of plastics are recycled each year in the U.S. Furthermore, extended human contact with synthetic materials, usually used in packaging of food products, can lead to cancer. Increasing manufacturer and consumer awareness towards using eco-friendly products has been a key driver for global biodegradable market during the forecast period. Shifting preferences from synthetic products to eco-friendly and clean alternatives is expected to fuel growth of global biodegradable market in the future. Easy and ample availability and access of raw materials for biodegradable components is another prime factor that is expected to augment the growth of the market, though high manufacturing costs and complexity of manufacturing procedure restrains growth of the biodegradable industry to a certain extent.
Biodegradable products are finding rampant application across various end-use industries such as consumer product packaging, industrial equipment packaging, textiles, and electronics. Biodegradable paper and plastics are the most widely used product types across various industries, especially packaging industry. Biodegradable plastics and paper are also used in manufacture of various consumer products and household products such as toys, dustbins, bottles, and containers.
Green consumerism is an emerging trend that is gaining major traction across the globe. It entails consumer and manufacturer inclination towards sustainable, natural, and green products that help in reducing the ecological footprint.
Biodegradable plastics are gaining increased traction due to stringent regulations imposed by the governments across the world on usage of toxic synthetic plastics. For instance, the most comprehensive specific EU measure is Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles. It sets out rules on the composition of plastic FCMs (food contact materials), and establishes a Union List of substances that are permitted for use in the manufacture of plastic FCMs. The Regulation also specifies restrictions on the use of these substances and sets out rules to determine the compliance of plastic materials and articles. Management of plastic waste is always a top concern for most governments as mass accumulation of toxic plastics lead to harmful effects thereby polluting the environment. Hence, the application of biodegradable plastics is highly encouraged by the government in all regions. As an instance, the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a sustainable packaging initiative, undertaken in 1999, aims at changing the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter. Besides, biodegradable plastics are extremely helpful in reducing the carbon footprint and contribute towards environmental sustainability due to its recyclability and reusability attributes.
Biodegradable Market: Market Taxonomy
By Product Type
On the basis of product type, the global market can be segmented into the following:
By End-use Industries
The global market can be segmented on the basis of end-use industries:
Biodegradable Market Outlook - Asia Pacific is expected to highlight potential market for the key players operating in the global market
Changing lifestyles characterized by increasing inclination towards packaged food products is expected to drive demand for biodegradable plastics in the food and beverages industry. While developed regions such as North America and Europe have been the growth engines of the packaging industry, wherein biodegradable materials are predominantly used, the last couple of decades has witnessed a shift in market dynamics, with Asia Pacific emerging as the largest market. This is mainly attributed to rampant westernization—characterized by increasing demand for packaged food items—supplemented by increasing discretionary income in the region. Moreover, major end-use industries such as food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, and electronics are flourishing in emerging economies of India and China, which is fueling growth of the biodegradable market in the region.
Some of the key players operating in the global biodegradable market are Smurfit Kappa Group, Stora Enso, Mondi Group, WestRock, BASF SE, Biome Technologies plc, Metabolix Inc., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, and Plantic Technologies Ltd.
Coherent Market Insights followsa comprehensive research methodology focused on providing the most precise market analysis. The company leverages a data triangulation model which helps company to gauge the market dynamics and provide accurate estimates. Key components of the research methodologies followed for all our market reports include:
In addition to this, Coherent Market Insights has access to a wide range of the regional and global reputed paid data bases, which helps the company to figure out the regional and global market trends and dynamics. The company analyses the industry from the 360 Degree Perspective i.e. from the Supply Side and Demand Side which enables us to provide granular details of the entire ecosystem for each study. Finally, a Top-Down approach and Bottom-Up approach is followed to arrive at ultimate research findings.
Coherent Market Insights desk research is based on a principle set of research techniques:
Coherent Market Insights has a large amount of in-house repository of industry database. This is leveraged as a burner for initiating a new research study. Key secondary sources include:
Preliminary Data Mining
The raw data is obtained through the secondary findings, in house repositories, and trade surveys. It is then filtered to ensure that the relevant information including industry dynamics, trends, and outlook is retained for further research process.
Holistic approach is used to ensure that the granular and uncommon parameters are taken into consideration to ensure accurate results. The information from the paid databases are further combined to the raw data in order to standardize it.
Coherent Statistical model
We arrive at our final research findings through simulation models. Coherent Data Analytics Model is a statistical tool that helps company to forecast market estimates. Few of the parameters considered as a part of the statistical model include:
Once the findings are derived from the statistical model, large volume of data is process to confirm accurate research results. Data analytics and processing tools are adopted to process large chunk of collected informative data. In case, a client customizes the study during the process, the research finding till then are benchmarked, and the process for new research requirement is initiated again.
This is the most crucial stage of the research process. Primary Interviews are conducted to validate the data and analysis. This helps in achieving the following purposes:
The primary research is conducted with the ecosystem players including, but not limited to:
Finding it difficult to find the research that would cater to your business demands? Give us a chance to help you. One of our Research Consultants will connect to provide a customized solution.[email protected]
Talk to our research consultant to design an exclusive report as per your research needs.
We aim to fulfil client's research demands with tailored research solutions.
We aim to provide research studies in quickest turnaround time and in a much cost effective manner.
We cover each industry from supply and demand side with an aim to provide a most holistic research study.
We strive to provide most accurate and reliable research findings in our research reports.