Zero Waste Packaging Market Size To Hit USD 4.1 Bn By 2030

Published Date : 20 Feb 2023

The global zero waste packaging market size was reached at USD 2.07 billion in 2022 and it is expected to hit around USD 4.1 billion by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.92% from 2022 to 2030.

Zero-waste packaging is generally understood to refer to a system of packaging in which materials are either fully utilized, reused, or recycled in such a way that no waste materials remain after such a procedure. Typically, any type of packing can result in leftovers of any kind that may exist at the time of such packaging.

Zero-waste packaging is one of the methods of packaging in which materials are fully utilized in addition to being subject to recycling and re-use, so that there are no leftover goods at the conclusion of such procedure. There is always a potential that some kind of residual material may develop during the packing of these goods. A technique called sustainable packaging aims to save natural resources as much as possible. Sustainable packaging attempts to protect natural resources by implementing ethical production techniques, such that the packaging process finally yields a waste-free product.

Zero-waste packaging encourages environmentally friendly packaging practices in which all materials are utilized, reused, or recycled to prevent any adverse effects. In a nutshell, it is the concept of preserving natural resources via the use of ethical manufacturing methods that combine both the consumption and recovery of different zero-waste packaging items, such as reusable goods, biodegradable goods, etc.

The risks to public health or the environment from burning traditional packing materials are lessened by zero-waste packaging. Manufacturers all across the world are aiming to create zero waste, starting with packaging materials. Because an eco-friendly packaging technique is typically used for such packaging, the packaging process is typically carried out in a way that only a zero-waste product ultimately emerges.

Zero Waste Packaging Market Report Scope

Report Coverage Details
Market Size in 2023 USD 2.25 Billion
Projected Forecast Value in 2030 USD 4.1 Billion
Growth Rate 8.92% from 2022 to 2030
compostable Goods Segment Revenue Share In 2021  58.00%
North America Region Revenue Share In 2021 39%
Largest Market North America
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2022 To 2030
Segments Covered By Material Type, By Application and By  Distribution Channel
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa

Report Highlights

  • In 2021, the food and beverage segment's revenue share was the highest in the zero waste packaging market due to the increasing demand for convenience foods.
  • Over the course of the forecast period, the offline sector segment is anticipated to increase at the quickest rate. This is due to Due to the rising demand for recycled and biodegradable packaging options.
  • In 2021, the compostable products segment's revenue share was the highest. This can be explained by the growing awareness and concern among the global population about the significance of trash and its potential detrimental effects on the environment.
  • North America dominated the zero waste packaging market because of the enormous number of operations carried out on the region's senior patients, North America led the zero waste packaging industry.

Regional Snapshots

In the North American area, the zero-waste packaging market is anticipated to have the greatest market share. Due to the growing desire for practical solutions and biologically progressive initiatives in regions like Maine prohibiting plastics, the zero-waste packaging industry is anticipated to grow dramatically. 

Additionally, the region is utilizing technologies like 3D printing widely, which is expected to eventually lower costs and improve quality for firms. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the Asia Pacific market for zero-waste packaging would grow considerably. Due to growing demand for consumer items like soft drinks and textiles as well as manufacturing companies in the area, the zero-waste packaging industry is expected to grow.

Market Dynamics


An increase in environmental worries During the projection period, awareness of the negative effects of conventional packaging will develop among the world's population. People all over the world are becoming increasingly aware of the need to abandon traditional packaging techniques like plastic packaging that can leave waste behind and harm the environment. They are also seriously considering better alternatives that are both environmentally friendly and user-friendly. 

The US EPA calculated that the manufacturing and consumption of commodities, which includes food items and packaging, account for almost 42.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Packaging trash finally finds its way to landfills or is thrown into the oceans. Along with producing huge islands of rubbish, the aquatic life in the oceans might suffer. 

In order to prevent the environment from further deterioration, this has prompted governments of many nations to concentrate on developing policies and enforcing strict laws and regulations connected to environmental protection. The National Environment Agency signed the Singapore Packaging Agreement, one of these environmental regulations, with the intention of increasing public awareness of the value of waste reduction while also aiming to reduce waste from product packaging on a wide scale. Additionally, energy saving by reducing, reusing, and recycling lowers carbon emissions.


Concerns over the high implementation costs, which place a financial strain on the businesses and frequently cause hassles during implementation, are some of the challenges that the global zero waste packaging industry must overcome in order to expand. In addition to these, there are other more obstacles and problems that must be overcome in the transition to entirely zero-waste packaging. These elements may limit market expansion throughout the anticipated time frame.


As the food and beverage sector and e-commerce continue to demand creative, durable, and dependable packaging solutions, the zero waste packaging market is anticipated to experience significant expansion. Around the world, traditional brick and mortar retailers are being replaced by the e-commerce sector. Additionally, it is fuelling the global rise in consumer demand for food delivery, which is another effect of it. In an effort to compete with Amazon, major pharmacies like Walgreens have launched initiatives to offer online ordering and delivery. 

The expansion of this sector will stimulate significant consumer demand for apparel, gadgets, and other novel services. The market for zero waste packaging is anticipated to expand as a result of the increasing need for novel packaging and technologies like automation and 3D printing.


Recycling labels have a tendency to mislead customers, which presents a serious problem for the producers. One of the biggest obstacles to zero waste packaging is labelling; because they don't make it obvious what can be recycled and what can't, recycling labels can be confusing to customers. While employing a zero-waste plan, it might be challenging to instruct clients on how to dispose of their packaging. 

Consumer behaviour: Customers are less likely to follow instructions if the procedure takes too long or is confusing. They can be in a rush or just forget to discard their packing. The most crucial requirement for zero waste packaging to become a reality is consumer comfort.

Recent Developments

  • Loliware LLC introduced plant-based straws in September 2019. These straws begin to break down after 18 hours of use. The plant-based straws are made to disintegrate when discarded. The plant-based straws are more environmentally beneficial because they don't require any paper or wood goods and aren't wet.
  • In February 2019, Loop Industries, Inc. and Danone S.A., the largest producer of food and beverages in the world, struck a multi-year supply deal. As part of this arrangement, Danone S.A. will buy Loop-branded PET that has been sustainably produced and is 100% recycled for use in its product line.
  • In March 2018, World Centric introduced a biodegradable pizza container that is 100% plant-based and tree-free. The container indicated above will decrease packing waste, space requirements, as well as the sogginess and grease that are typical of conventional cardboard boxes. 20% bamboo and 80% sugarcane, both of which are biodegradable and sustainable, make up the compostable Pizza container.

Major Key Players

  • Loop Industries Inc.
  • PulpWorks, Inc.
  • Lifepack
  • Avani Eco.
  • Loliware
  • Aarohana Ecosocial Development
  • Natural Vegan
  • Agilyx
  • Arekapak
  • Bioplas
  • Candy Cutlery
  • Do Eat
  • Evoware
  • No Waste Technology
  • Origin Materials
  • Skipping Rocks Lab
  • Sulapac
  • TIPA

Segments covered in the report

By Material Type

  • Re-Usable Goods
  • Compostable Goods
  • Edible Goods

By Application

  • Food and Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Personal Care
  • Industrial
  • Others

By Distribution Channel

  • Offline Retail 
  • Online Retail

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