Biodegradable Plastic Market (By Type: Starch-based, PBS, PLA, PHA, PBAT, and Others; By End-use: Consumer Goods, Agriculture, Packaging, and Others) - Global Market Size, Trends Analysis, Segment Forecasts, Regional Outlook 2020 - 2027


The global biodegradable plastic market size is predicted to hit US$ 7.06 billion by 2027 from USD 3.39 billion in 2019, growing at a CAGR of 9.6% from 2020 to 2027.

Biodegradable Plastic Market Size 2020 to 2027

Growth Factors

Prohibition on the use of single-use plastic along with rising awareness among people related to the ill-effects of plastic waste on the environment are the key factors that stimulate the market growth. Non-decomposable plastics stimulate various types of pollution. In order to tackle down this problem governments of various regions have banned the use of non-degradable plastics, thereby promoting the application of biodegradable plastics. Moreover, consumers are also willing to pay more for biodegradable plastics due to their eco-friendly nature that boosts the demand of biodegradable plastics in the near future.

Despite of numerous advantages, biodegradable plastics have several shortcomings. There is no particular difference between conventional and biodegradable plastics that creates problem while segregating them. Also, the inclusion of conventional plastics in biodegradable plastics landfills cause problem in decomposition process.

Moreover, not every biodegradable plastic are decomposable in the natural environment. Besides this, they require specific environment in terms of temperature and moisture for degradation. Further, some of them release harmful gases such as greenhouse gases while decomposition that is counterproductive to the environmental cause and restricts its growth in the near future.

Type Insights

Starch-based plastics are predicted to dominate the global biodegradable plastics market for both revenue and volume and garnered nearly 10.5% of growth rate in terms of revenue during the forecast period. Increasing application of starch-based plastics in end-use industries such as automobiles, packaging, and agriculture attributed for the significant growth of the segment. They are largely helpful in reducing the carbon footprint of conventional resins and encounter significant demand in agriculture and flexible packaging sectors. Further, starch-based biodegradable plastics are less toxic as they are made up of plant based materials. Packaging industry is one of the major consumers of starch-based plastics owing to their versatile behavior.

Biodegradable Plastic Market Share, By Type, 2020 (%)

Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) is anticipated to register the fastest growth over the analysis period. This is attributed to the increasing use of PHA in medical and other applications. PHA is prominently used in medical implants, drug encapsulation, bone marrow scaffolds, tissue engineering, and bone plates. Apart from medical applications, PHA is also used in packaging of food & beverages, agriculture foil and films, compost bags, and consumer products. The aforementioned factors expected to fuel the growth of the segment in the coming years.

End-use Insights

In 2019, packaging is the leading end-use segment in the global biodegradable plastics market. This is mainly attributed to the shifting consumer trend from synthetic to bio-based products. Food packaging, biodegradable plastics offer promising functionality and used in numerous applications such as wraps, cups, boxes, and plates. The foregoing trend has gained momentum in the recent past, thus drives the demand for biodegradable plastics. Further, rising preference for the packaged food in accordance to the changing life style positively influence the demand of biodegradable plastics in packaging applications.

Biodegradable Plastic Market Share, By End User, 2020 (%)

On the contrary, agriculture witnesses the fastest growth in the global biodegradable plastics market during the analysis period. This is mainly because of increasing application of mulch films in the agriculture application. Biodegradable mulch film offers greater decomposition compared to other bio-plastics in soil and estimated that nearly 75-80% of the content is renewable thus propels the market growth of the segment.

Regional Insights

In 2019, Europe was front-runner in terms of revenue in the global biodegradable plastics market. Rising consumer awareness along with the government of Europe has banned the usage of non-degradable plastics are the key factors that fuel the market growth in the region. Rising soil & environment depletion because of the rising usage of plastics has triggered the need for shifting trend towards bio-based materials that can be reused and are environment friendly.

On the other side, the Asia Pacific exhibits the fastest growth over the forecast period owing to large consumer base along with escalating growth of agriculture and food & beverage industry in the region. Asia Pacific is considered as an agricultural land. As per the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Asia Pacific occupy nearly one-fifth of the world’s agricultural land. The above mentioned factor significantly propels the agricultural application of biodegradable plastics. Furthermore, large population in the region has projected the region as a leader in the demand of consumer goods that again attributes positively towards the market growth.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The global biodegradable plastic market experience versatile competitive level depending on the region. For instance, in North America and Europe the competition level is medium because of large number of regional and international market players present in the regions. However, in the Asia Pacific the level of competition is quite low due to less number of industry players dominating in the region.

Some of the prominent players in the biodegradable plastic market include:

  • Biome Technologies plc
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • BASF SE
  • Plantic Technologies Limited
  • Yield10 Bioscience, Inc.
  • Corbion
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Dow Inc.
  • NatureWorks LLC
  • Danimer Scientific
  • Toray Industries, Inc.
  • p.A.
  • TianAn Biologic Materials Co., Ltd.

Segments Covered in the Report

This research study encompasses comprehensive assessment of the marketplace revenue with the help of prevalent quantitative and qualitative intelligences, and prospects of the market. This report presents categorization of market into foremost and niche segments. Furthermore, this research study gauges market revenue growth and its drift at global, regional, and country from 2016 to 2027. This report comprises market division and its revenue valuation by categorizing it based on type, end-use and region:

By Type

  • Starch-based
  • PBS
  • PLA
  • PHA
  • PBAT
  • Others

By End-User

  • Consumer Goods
  • Agriculture
  • Packaging
  • Others

By Regional Outlook

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • Rest of the World
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current size of the global biodegradable plastic market?
Precedence Research predict, the global biodegradable plastic market was valued at USD 3.39 billion in 2019.
Prohibition on the use of single-use plastic along with rising awareness among people related to the ill-effects of plastic waste on the environment are the key factors that stimulate the market growth.
The global biodegradable plastic market is growing at a CAGR of 9.6% during the forecast period 2020 to 2027.
The global biodegradable plastic market size is expected to be worth around USD 7.06 billion by 2027.
In 2019, packaging is the leading end-use segment in the global biodegradable plastics market. This is mainly attributed to the shifting consumer trend from synthetic to bio-based products.
In 2019, Europe was front-runner in terms of revenue in the global biodegradable plastics market. Rising consumer awareness along with the government of Europe has banned the usage of non-degradable plastics are the key factors that fuel the market growth in the region.
the Asia Pacific exhibits the fastest growth over the forecast period owing to large consumer base along with escalating growth of agriculture and food & beverage industry in the region.

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