Bioplastics & Biopolymers Market, By Type (Biodegradable, Non-Biodegradable, Others), by End-Use Industry (Packaging, Consumer Goods, Automotive and Transportation, Textile, Agriculture, Others), By raw material (Sugar Cane, Potato, Corn Starch, Switchgrass, Vegetable Oil, Cassava, Wheat, Others) and region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa and South America).
The global Bioplastics & Biopolymers market size was estimated at USD 13.6 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 46.1 billion in 2030 at a CAGR of 19.1% during the forecast period 2023-2030.
Moldable plastic made from chemical compounds derived or synthesized by microbes such as bacteria or genetically modified plants. Bioplastic is a durable plastic made from bio-based materials such as sugar, algae and starch. Biopolymers are a broad class of materials that include, in addition to bioplastics, natural polymers such as silk, chitosan and wool. Examples of biopolymers are natural gums (isoprene polymers), suberin and lignin (complex polyphenolic polymers), cutin and cutan (complex polymers of long-chain fatty acids), and melanin. Bioplastics are made from human and animal waste, plant products and agricultural waste, which are then recycled and used to make new products using the latest technology. Bioplastics and biopolymers are widely used in the packaging industry. Therefore, bio-based raw materials such as starch and plant by-products are used to meet strict government environmental regulations. Therefore, the quality of the products in this industry is worse than in the traditional plastic manufacturing industry. Bioplastics are mostly used for food storage and can be stored for longer periods of time without refrigeration while maintaining their chemical properties.
The main factor driving the growth of the bioplastics-biopolymers market is the widespread use of biopolymers in the automotive and construction industries. In addition, growing consumer preference for eco-friendly plastic products, rising waste management regulations in Europe, and governments' focus on green procurement policies and regulations are also expected to boost the growth of the bioplastics-biopolymers market. However, higher prices and performance issues than traditional bioplastics restrain the bioplastics - biopolymers market, while oil price volatility and limited regulations related to bioplastics in developing countries challenge market growth.
The coronavirus pandemic has had mixed effects on the bio-based sector, with some companies helping to combat the epidemic with technological solutions, while others appear to be seeing increased demand for biodegradable carry-on packaging.
The pandemic had a considerable impact on businesses globally, with nations like India and China bearing the brunt of the virus's outbreak. The bioplastics and biopolymers market is primarily driven by increasing demand for plastic convenience and premium foods, increasing urban population leading to food adoption, increasing consumption of processed or stored foods and packaged foods for consumers worldwide, increasing disposable income of eatable food and versatility of food and packaging. One of the dominant end uses in the bioplastics and biopolymers market is packaging. Bioplastic, especially biodegradable bioplastic, is becoming a substitute for conventional plastic for environmental reasons. Bioplastics are increasingly used in bottles, films, clamshell packaging, waste collection bags, carrier bags, mulch films and serving dishes. In addition, the market is expected to grow due to the increase in demand for packaged foods, innovation and development of bioplastic packaging, increasing healthcare of consumers, and increasing wear-resistant foods by food owners. Changing lifestyles of consumers in developed countries, growing pharmaceutical, food and other industries, and the emergence of new product developments in the field of bioplastic and biopolymer products will create opportunities for manufacturers in the global market during the forecast period. These factors have led to the expansion of the market and increased demand for Bioplastics & Biopolymers solutions.
Europe to Dominate the Market