The nova-Institute has published a comprehensive market study on the consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe, showing that the 100,000 tonnes consumed in 2015 could rise to 320,000 tonnes by 2020.
Compostable plastic bags dominate the market for biodegradable plastics in Europe, making up about two-thirds of the total market. Disposable tableware and both rigid and flexible packaging among the best sellers.
The potential for the market to grow to 320,000 tonnes in the next five years is based on a more favourable legal framework, as the legal framework and composting infrastructure of EU member states were found to be either the bottleneck or the key driver for market development.
Such growth would generate many positive effects and benefits like new jobs and prosperous SMEs and start-ups in sectors such as innovative plastics, food service and biotechnology.
The studyresearched the European market demand for biodegradable polymers by country as well as application, and analysed framework conditions in detail. It compiles data on the following compostable or biodegradable polymer types: PLA, (Co-)Polyesters (PBAT, PBS(X)), LACopolyester Compounds, Starch-Copolyester Compounds, Others: PHA, compostable Cellophane films.
The full report contains more than 300 slides of market and company data by geography, application and polymers, case studies on popular and promising products, and a feature on biodegradability and organic waste management. It also features an additional EU & Member States policy review and analysis on 100 slides.