Biodegradable Plastics Market Size and Global Growth Analysis by 2028

Biodegradable Plastics Market Size and Forecasts (2022 - 2028), Global and Regional Growth Opportunity Analysis

Publication Month : Mar 2023

  • Report Code : TIPRE00003197
  • Category : Chemicals and Materials
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 188
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[Research Report] The biodegradable plastics market size is expected to grow from US$ 7,331.11 million in 2022 to US$ 20,840.29 million by 2028; it is estimated to record a CAGR of 19.0% from 2022 to 2028.


Biodegradable plastic can be decomposed naturally in the environment by the action of living organisms, usually microbes, into water, carbon dioxide, and biomass. It can be  synthesized using renewable raw materials, microorganisms, and petrochemicals. They are designed to mineralize in a controlled waste management environment and also provide an effective and environment-friendly alternative to the synthetic polymers. Government bodies and manufacturers across the globe have taken efforts for improving the efficiency of recycling and upcycling plastic wastage. Growing awareness among customers about adverse effects of conventional plastics is anticipated to boost the product demand.


The customers in developed and developing countries have been educated of the ill effects of conventional plastics on their lifestyle and the environment. As a result, they demand more environmentally friendly products, which leads to a depreciation in the use of crude oil and natural gas, that results in the reduction carbon footprints. . Biodegradable plastic is a surrogate for nearly all conventional plastics used in a diverse range of applications. These plastics offer innovative alternatives with enhanced properties, along with distinctive ability to lessen the emissions as well as provide the same qualities and functionalities as that of conventional plastics. The biodegradable plastics are synthesized using renewable resources as well as fossil raw materials, such as cellulose ester, PLA, PHA, starch derivatives, and copolyesters.  Various organizations are engaged in bringing transformation in the handling of plastics, through strategic planning, communication, consumer awareness campaigns, documentary films, education, clean up campaigns, raising business awareness, scientific research, entrepreneurial innovation, legislation, and sustainability. The key aim is to educate the users regarding plastic pollution, thereby encouraging the invention of more sustainable solutions, and empowerment of more people and business organizations to take action to stop plastic pollution. Therefore, the revolution in consumer demand on the basis of environmental awareness, packaging convenience, and sustainable plastic production systems is boosting the biodegradable plastic market growth.

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Biodegradable Plastics Market: Strategic Insights

Market Size Value inUS$ 7,331.11 million in 2022
Market Size Value byUS$ 20,840.29 million by 2028
Growth rateCAGR of 19.0% from 2022 to 2028
Forecast Period2022-2028
Base Year2022
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The "Global Biodegradable Plastics Market Analysis to 2030" is a specialized and in-depth study with a major focus on the global market trends and growth opportunities. The report aims to provide an overview of the global market with detailed market segmentation by type, end user, and geography. The global biodegradable plastics market has been witnessing high growth over the recent past and is expected to continue this trend during the forecast period. The report provides key statistics on the consumption of biodegradable plastics worldwide along with their demand in major regions and countries. In addition, the report provides the qualitative assessment of various factors affecting the biodegradable plastics market performance in major regions and countries. The report also includes a comprehensive analysis of the leading players in the biodegradable plastics market and their key strategic developments. Several analyses on the market dynamics are also included to help identify the key driving factors, market trends, and lucrative opportunities that would, in turn, aid in identifying the major revenue pockets.

Further, ecosystem analysis and Porter’s five forces analysis provide a 360-degree view of the global biodegradable plastics market, which helps understand the entire supply chain and various factors affecting the market growth.


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The global biodegradable plastics market is segmented on the basis of type, and end user. Based on type, the biodegradable plastics market is segmented as PLA, PHA, starch blends, PBS, PBAT, and others. On the basis of end user, the market is classified as, packaging and bags, agriculture and horticulture, consumer goods, and others. Based on type, the starch blends accounted for a significant share. Starch is a naturally occurring polymer that is found in plants such as corn, rice and potatoes in the form of water-insoluble granules. Starch has been receiving growing attention as raw material for the production of films due to the lack of the availability of the conventional film-forming resins. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) belongs to the family of naturally occurring polymers. The PHA has found a vital place in the medical applications owing to its biocompatibility. It has a good ultraviolet resistance but resists poorly to acids and bases and is also soluble in chloroform and other chlorinated hydrocarbons. PBS is known to naturally decompose in water and carbon dioxide. PBS is widely used in the manufacturing of packaging films and boxes and also in cosmetic packaging. Based  on end user, packaging and bags segment accounted for a major share. The biodegradable plastics have found a vital place in the packaging and bags sector owing to its properties like high tensile strength and convenience of usage as compared to the conventional plastics. Surging demand for environmentally friendly food packaging is shifting the focus  of crucial polymer manufacturers and packaging companies  to decomposable plastics. The use of sustainable plastics in everyday life has been included in the manufacturing of consumer goods including toys, combs, tool handles and other goods. The PLA and PHA polymers have found widescale applications in production of toys. Italeri, one of the leading Italian toy manufacturing companies, has implemented the use of PHA and PLA plastic for the production of toys.

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The report provides a detailed overview of the global biodegradable plastics market with respect to five major regions, namely; North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South & Central America. Europe accounted for a significant share of the market and valued at more than US$ 2,600 million in 2022. The dominance is attributed to increasing environmental concerns among consumer and rising adoption of biodegradable plastics owing to its eco-friendly nature. Moreover, stringent regulations imposed on single use plastic band coupled with government initiatives towards adoption of recyclable packaging will drive the regional industry size. North America is also expected to witness considerable growth valued at approximately US$ 4,900 million in 2028, attributed to the to increasing awareness among people for environment-friendly products. Growing awareness about global warming and plastic pollution propels consumers to opt for environmentally friendly packaging’s. Asia Pacific is growing considerably with CAGR with more than 20.5%. The rising number of bans on traditional plastics proves to be the primary driver for the growth of this market. Besides, the growing demand for flexible packaging from the consumer goods industry and the adoption of various technological innovations in packaging will boost the regional growth.


The report provides a detailed overview of the global biodegradable plastics market with respect to five major regions, namely; North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South & Central America.

In 2022, Kaneka announced to invest 15 billion Japanese yen to increase its production capacity for KANEKA Biodegradable Polymer Green Planet in Japan. The investment is aimed to increase the production capacity from 5,000 metric tons to around 20,000 metric tons per year, with operations set to commence in January 2024.

In 2021, South Korea based SK Group, announced to form strategic partnership with local trading company LX International and food firm Daesang to launch a joint venture (JV) for production of PBAT with an investment worth US$ 151.3 million.


The report provides a detailed overview of the global biodegradable plastics market with respect to five major regions, namely; North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South & Central America. Industries such as packaging and bags, agriculture and horticulture, and consumer goods, and automotive  have been the major consumers of biodegradable plastics. In 2020, these industries had to slow down their operations due to disruptions in the value chain caused by the shutdown of national and international boundaries. Moreover, lockdowns imposed by different countries hampered the ability of industries to maintain inventory levels in the same year. The pandemic also wreaked havoc on the automotive and consumer goods industry. The shortage of manpower resulted in the deceleration of biodegradable plastics production and distribution operations. Additionally, government restrictions and other COVID-19 precautions reduced the production capacities of biodegradable plastics manufacturers in the value chain. In 2021, the global marketplace began recovering from the losses incurred in 2020 as governments of different countries announced relaxations in social restrictions. Further, rising government bans for single use plastics, and expanding production capacities in the agriculture and food & beverage packaging industry in different regions of the world resulted in a rise in demand for biodegradable plastics in 2021.


Some of the key players operating in the biodegradable plastics market include, BASF SE, FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, Green Dot Bioplastics Inc, Novamont SpA, Kingfa Science and Technology Co Ltd, NatureWorks LLC, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp, Plantic Technologies Ltd, TotalEnergies Corbion BV, and API SpA, among others.

Report Coverage
Report Coverage

Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

Segment Covered
Segment Covered

Type, and End User

Regional Scope
Regional Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

Country Scope
Country Scope

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

Frequently Asked Questions

Based on the end-user, which is the fastest-growing segment in the biodegradable plastics market?

Based on end-user, consumer goods is the fastest-growing segment. The utilization of biodegradable plastics in consumer goods on a large scale globally due to high tensile strength, transparency, and other mechanical properties, is driving the segment’s growth.

What are the key drivers for the growth of the global biodegradable plastics market?

Growing awareness among customers about adverse effects of conventional plastics, and supportive government policies for eco-friendly products and biodegradable plastics are some of the key driving factors for the biodegradable plastics market.

Can you list some of the major players operating in the global biodegradable plastics market?

The major players operating in the global biodegradable plastics market are BASF SE; Novamont SpA; NatureWorks LLC; Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation; Total Corbion PLA; amongst others.

What are the opportunities for biodegradable plastics in the global market?

The utilization of biodegradable plastics in biomedical applications, is expected to provide lucrative growth opportunities to the global biodegradable plastics market during the forecast period.

Based on type, why does the starch blends segment have the largest revenue share?

Based on the type, the starch blends segment accounted for the largest revenue share. Starch has been receiving growing attention as raw material for the production of films due to the lack of the availability of the conventional film-forming resins. Therefore, this factor is expected to boost the starch blends’ segment, leading to largest revenue share.

What is the largest region of the global biodegradable plastics market?

Europe biodegradable plastics market is expected to surge as strict government legislations are limiting the utilization of customary plastics. Therefore, several FMCG companies are adopting biodegradable packaging so to conform to the standards, which in turn, is propelling the growth of this market. Therefore, Europe accounts for the largest share of the global biodegradable plastics market.

The List of Companies - Biodegradable Plastics Market

  1. BASF SE
  2. Novamont SpA
  3. NatureWorks LLC
  4. Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  5. Total Corbion PLA
  6. Plantic Technologies Limited
  7. Kingfa Sci. & Tech. Co., Ltd
  8. Green Dot Bioplastics
  9. FKuR Kunststoff GmbH
  10. API SpA

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  1. Data Triangulation and Final Review:

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