Consumer-driven Bioplastics Packaging Demands Announced
Earlier in December at the 14th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, the results of the European Bioplastics annual market data review were announced, confirming a significant shift in consumer-driven demand for more environmentally conscious use of materials for both manufacture and packaging.
A steadily increasing demand for sustainability is set to increase the global bioplastics market by more than 15%, according to the update, over the next five years.
Ongoing research and development in bioplastics
The drive for development in sustainable materials has been accelerating for the last few years as consumers have become far more interested in the materials they buy than ever before. With different categories of bioplastics and innovative use of biopolymers, such as polypropylene and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) is on the rise.
The use of PHAs, which entered the marketplace at a commercial level is significantly increasing, supported by some major brands looking for sustainable packaging in the snack foods market. It is thought that production capacity for PHA packaging solutions will triple before 2024 due to their biodegradable features.
Bio-based polypropylene materials are expected to rise in use by up to six times the current figures over the next five years. Just this year, a Finnish plastics refining company announced the first parallel commercial production of bio-based polypropylene and low-density polyethylene for a wide range of sectors. This will lead to expected increases in versatility and will provide the perfect replacement for polythene and other fossil-based plastics currently in use.
A viable alternative to plastic bottles
A significant shift in focus in the plastic bottles sector provides an interesting development for the coming years. The development of polyethylene furanote (PEF), a bio-based material with thermal and barrier applications is expected to ensure release and use within the next four years, according to the European Bioplastics report.
Across Europe and Asia, the bioplastics industry is working hard to develop sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic bottles. Asia is ahead of the game, with an estimated 45% of bioplastics currently coming out of the region. Europe is expected to reach a 30% share of the market by 2024.
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