Biodegradable Packaging Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Material Type (Starch, Cellulose, Paper & Cardboard, Polylactic Acid, Others), By Application (Bottles, Boxes & Cartons, Films, Others), By Industry Vertical (Food & Beverage, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics & Personal Care, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : Jan 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061614272
  • Pages : 135

Environmental problems such as pollution and global warming are compelling people to abandon non-biodegradable and throwaway packaging. Plastic and other toxic packaging material waste harms the marine ecosystem and kills aquatic species by ingestion of the waste. Biodegradable packaging can disintegrate fully with the assistance of microorganisms found in the environment. Furthermore, biodegradable food packaging reduces carbon impact and is easy to dispose of. It is simpler to recycle and uses less energy to produce. Customers are gradually migrating to biodegradable food packaging as a result of these advantages. Moreover, according to the European Bioplastics Association, worldwide bioplastics production capacity will expand from roughly 2.11 million tonnes in 2019 to over 2.43 million metric tonnes in 2024.

The increasing government initiatives to reduce the usage of plastic and to promote sustainable packaging solutions will surge the market

The dangers of plastic trash creation have compelled governments and organizations to prohibit the use of mono-use plastic packaging materials. To prevent fraudulent claims regarding sustainable packaging, certification processes and labeling standards are in place. The government's goal, according to the US Plastic Waste Reduction and Recycling Act, is to minimize plastic waste, support research into and technology for recycling infrastructure, and assure US leadership in national and worldwide standards development. With the act doing further study on microplastics, it is possible that US-based packaging businesses could face harsher plastic manufacturing laws in the future. Therefore, several governments all around the world have taken the initiative to launch biodegradable packaging solutions to incorporate sustainable solutions and reduce the use of plastic.

For instance, in June 2021, Tetra Pak collaborated with FINISH Society, a solid waste management NGO, to enhance used carton box collecting in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. FINISH Society collaborated with the Municipal Corporation of Udaipur to recover unwanted beverage packets from the corporation's sorting centers, which subsequently were sent to the nearest recycler as part of the joint effort. Additionally, researchers from the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology, developed a biodegradable, biopolymer nanocomposite that can detect relative humidity in August 2022, which can find application as smart packaging materials, particularly in the food industry. Moreover, in July 2021, The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India produced ecologically friendly packaging items made from biodegradable natural and plant-based food-grade ingredients. The Ministry of Defence agency collaborated with Acharya Nagarjuna University and Ecolastic to develop biodegradable packaging items to reduce single-use plastic.

The initiatives taken by the end-user industries to incorporate biodegradable packaging will be beneficial for the market

Several companies in diverse industrial segments have introduced and taken the initiative to promote sustainable packaging solutions which have primarily benefited the biodegradable packaging market for the upcoming years. For instance, in July 2020, PepsiCo joined a partnership with major consumer products businesses, including Unilever, to further develop and expand the world's first recyclable paper bottle, first created by Diageo and Pilot Lite. Furthermore, in 2021, Smurfit Kappa introduced a new line of eBottle packaging solutions for the expanding online beverage sector. This series is more environmentally friendly because it is created from recyclable raw materials and may be customized based on bottle shapes and sizes. In addition, the firm provides a variety of process automation that aid in the optimization of packaging operations.

North America is accounted for a considerable amount of the share

With the growing amount of packaging trash produced worldwide, governments throughout the world are turning to alternate resources such as biodegradable packaging. The United States has only 4% of the world's population yet produces 12% of municipal solid waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States, the US generates around 106.2 kg of plastic garbage per person each year. The United States is the dominant country in North America, accounting for around 18.9% of the total market. Furthermore, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations governing materials such as plastics, papers, and so on to guarantee they are safe to use, together with increased consumer awareness of eco-friendly packaging, are expected to boost the biodegradable packaging market. Due to all these factors, the market in this region is anticipated to flourish.

Market Key Developments

  • In July 2022, International Paper Company introduced the Bow Tie Shipper, a revolutionary packaging innovation suitable for a variety of manual applications in the online business and pick-and-pack logistics markets. It was created to suit the practical and ecologically responsible needs of businesses asking for packaging without glue joins.
  • In June 2022, Corona, the world's largest beer brand, announced the debut of a new 100% biodegradable and recyclable six-pack produced from 100% barley straw in India. Corona's greater purpose of safeguarding and preserving nature is reaffirmed by this new circular type of packaging.
  • In September 2022, Bayer's Consumer Health Division partnered with yet2 to create a sustainable packaging Innovation Challenge. Bayer encourages innovators and technicians to offer sustainable packaging materials for use in packaging Bayer's consumer healthcare goods, such as biodegradable or compostable, flexible, and rigid packaging solutions. This challenge will help Bayer accelerate its efforts to meet a target of 100% recyclable or reused Consumer Health packaging by 2030.

Biodegradable Packaging Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
 Growth Rate  CAGR during the forecast period
 Base Year  2021
 Forecast Period  2023–2028
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments Covered  Material Type, Application, Industry Vertical, And Geography
 Regions Covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies Covered BASF SE, Mondi, Smurfit Kappa, Amcor Plc, Tetra Laval, Dow DuPont, WestRock Company, TIPA Ltd
 Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase


The biodegradable packaging market has been analyzed through the following segments:

  • By Material Type
    • Starch
    • Cellulose
    • Paper & Cardboard
    • Polylactic Acid
    • Others
  • By Application
    • Bottles
    • Boxes & Cartons
    • Films
    • Others
  • By Industry Vertical
    • Food & Beverage
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Cosmetics & Personal Care
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Israel
      • United Arab Emirates
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • India
      • Australia
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Taiwan
      • Others


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Market Segmentation



2.1. Research Data

2.2. Assumptions



3.1. Research Highlights



4.1. Market Driver

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of End-Users

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis



5.1. Introduction

5.2. Starch

5.3. Cellulose

5.4. Paper & Cardboard

5.5. Polylactic Acid

5.6. Others



6.1. Introduction

6.2. Bottles

6.3. Boxes & Cartons

6.4. Films

6.5. Others



7.1. Introduction

7.2. Food & Beverage

7.3. Pharmaceuticals

7.4. Cosmetics & Personal Care

7.5. Others



8.1. Introduction

8.2. North America

8.2.1. USA

8.2.2. Canada

8.2.3. Mexico

8.3. South America

8.3.1. Brazil

8.3.2. Argentina

8.3.3. Others

8.4. Europe

8.4.1. Germany

8.4.2. France

8.4.3. United Kingdom

8.4.4. Italy

8.4.5. Spain

8.4.6. Others

8.5. Middle East and Africa

8.5.1. Saudi Arabia

8.5.2. Israel

8.5.3. United Arab Emirates

8.5.4. Others

8.6. Asia Pacific

8.6.1. China

8.6.2. Japan

8.6.3. South Korea

8.6.4. India

8.6.5. Australia

8.6.6. Indonesia

8.6.7. Thailand

8.6.8. Taiwan

8.6.9. Others



9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix



10.1. BASF SE

10.2. Mondi

10.3. Smurfit Kappa 

10.4. Amcor Plc

10.5. Tetra Laval

10.6. Dow DuPont

10.7. WestRock Company

10.8. TIPA Ltd



Smurfit Kappa

Amcor Plc

Tetra Laval

Dow DuPont

WestRock Company