The Global Outlook for Biodegradable Packaging

Date: June 22, 2011
Pages: 110
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Publisher: Business Insights
Report type: Strategic Report
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The Global Outlook for Biodegradable Packaging
Introduction

Global demand for biodegradable or plant-based plastic will quadruple by 2013. Rising oil prices and fossil fuel depletion is driving interest in the use of plant-based polymers. Bioplastics account for less than 10% of global plastics use, but sector growth is around 17-20% a year since 2006. The sector faces increasing regulation and more competition as large corporations move in on the industry

Features and benefits
  • Provides comprehensive overview of the biodegradable packaging market in Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific.
  • Provides in-depth analysis of the leading players and cutting-edge technology pushing the market forward.
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the regulatory and legislative framework in Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific.
  • Outlines the key cost factors inhibiting development of biodegradable packaging.
  • Explores the future of the biodegradable packaging market, and what types of product are best placed to benefit from expansion.

Highlights

Currently there is not a good enough infrastructure in place to get optimum benefit from biodegradable packaging, even if it is widely available. Europe leads regulatory reform, with the US trailing behind. Asia and Australia are making headway, but Asia (and in particular China) suffer from a confused approach.

Consumers are driving demand, with major retailers including Coca-cola and Walmart getting on board. However, despite increased demand, the key cost barriers for suppliers are R&D costs, production costs, and economies of scale.

PLA dominates bioplastics use, but new materials are being developed from algae and microbacterial sources and advances in nanotechnology offer potential for interesting developments in smart packaging.

Your key questions answered
  • What are the major benefits and drawbacks of biodegradable packaging?
  • Does biodegradable packaging offer any real benefits without a comprehensive infrastructure to ensure decomposition?
  • How are governments preparing for the increase in bioplastics use?
  • How have retailers responded to growing consumer demands for biodegradable packaging?
  • Which companies are leading R&D and how are big manufacturers and retailers getting involved in the market?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Introduction
Legislation and regulation
Biodegradable packaging – technology, sectors and applications
Biodegradability and the packaging industry
Future outlook

IAN BARNETT

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INTRODUCTION

Summary
What is biodegradable packaging?
Sustainability the main driver
Biodegradable packaging and composting
  Increasing costs of hydrocarbons
  Concerns over the price of biodegradable packaging
Lack of recyclability
Consumer attitudes to bioplastics
Consumer packaging market
  The biodegradable plastics market

LEGISLATION AND REGULATION

Summary
Introduction
Packaging legislation in the European Union
  Regulatory overview
  Current EU regional picture
Bioplastics/biodegradable legislation in the EU
  Certification and labeling
  EU Directives
  Lead Markets Initiative
  Funding
Future outlook
Packaging legislation in the United States
  US regulatory overview
US bioplastics/biodegradable legislation
  Certification and labeling
US non-government organizations
  The Bioplastics Recycling Consortium (BRC)
  The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)
  The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC)
  Walmart
Packaging regulations in Asia-Pacific
  China
  Japan
  Singapore
  Thailand
  Indonesia
Global trends
Biodegradable drivers

TECHNOLOGY, SECTORS, AND APPLICATIONS

Summary
Introduction
Technology
  Biopolymers
  Smart materials
  Biodegradable barrier materials
  Self-regulating, self-monitoring packaging
Sectors and applications for biodegradable packaging
  Biodegradables are a vital target for investment
  Bioplastics led by PLA
  Oxo-biodegradable plastic – the new alternative
  Recent commercial applications of biodegradable plastic packaging
  Bioplastics market overview
  Paper and board packaging

THE BIODEGRADABILITY PACKAGING INDUSTRY

Summary
Major packaging companies with interests in biodegradable
  NatureWorks
  Cereplast
  Cardia
  Novamont
Manufacturers moving biodegradables into the mainstream

  BASF

Biodegradable materials and brand names
  Nature Flex
  Ingeo
  Mater-Bio
  Nature Plus
  Ecoflex
Retailer and manufacturer initiatives
  Retailers
  Manufacturers
  Niche players

FUTURE OUTLOOK

Summary
Introduction
Market outlook
  Outlook for Suppliers
Who is driving the market?
  Price drivers
  Policy drivers
  Consumer demand
Who is paying for the development and growth of biodegradable packaging?

APPENDIX

Scope
Methodology
Glossary/Abbreviations
Bibliography/References
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