The Global Outlook for Biodegradable Packaging

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					The Global Outlook for Biodegradable Packaging

Published:June 2011
No.Of pages:110
Price:US $ 2875




Introduction

Global demand for biodegradable or plant-based plastic will quadruple by 2013.
Rising oil prices and fossil fuel depletion is driving interest in the use of plant-based
polymers. Bioplastics account for less than 10% of global plastics use, but sector
growth is around 17-20% a year since 2006. The sector faces increasing regulation
and more competition as large corporations move in on the industry

Features and benefits

* Provides comprehensive overview of the biodegradable packaging market in
Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific.
* Provides in-depth analysis of the leading players and cutting-edge technology
pushing the market forward.
* Provides a comprehensive overview of the regulatory and legislative framework in
Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific.
* Outlines the key cost factors inhibiting development of biodegradable packaging.
* Explores the future of the biodegradable packaging market, and what types of
product are best placed to benefit from expansion.

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Highlights

Currently there is not a good enough infrastructure in place to get optimum benefit
from biodegradable packaging, even if it is widely available. Europe leads
regulatory reform, with the US trailing behind. Asia and Australia are making
headway, but Asia (and in particular China) suffer from a confused approach.

Consumers are driving demand, with major retailers including Coca-cola and
Walmart getting on board. However, despite increased demand, the key cost
barriers for suppliers are R&D costs, production costs, and economies of scale.
PLA dominates bioplastics use, but new materials are being developed from algae
and microbacterial sources and advances in nanotechnology offer potential for
interesting developments in smart packaging.

Your key questions answered

* What are the major benefits and drawbacks of biodegradable packaging?
* Does biodegradable packaging offer any real benefits without a comprehensive
infrastructure to ensure decomposition?
* How are governments preparing for the increase in bioplastics use?
* How have retailers responded to growing consumer demands for biodegradable
packaging?
* Which companies are leading R&D and how are big manufacturers and retailers
getting involved in the market?

Table Of Contents

Executive Summary
Introduction
Legislation and regulation
Biodegradable packaging - technology, sectors and applications
Biodegradability and the packaging industry
Future outlook
Ian Barnett
Disclaimer
Introduction
Summary
What is biodegradable packaging?
Sustainability the main driver
Biodegradable packaging and composting

Increasing costs of hydrocarbons
Concerns over the price of biodegradable packaging

Lack of recyclability
Consumer attitudes to bioplastics
Consumer packaging market

The biodegradable plastics market

Legislation and regulation
Summary
Introduction
Packaging legislation in the European Union

Regulatory overview
Current EU regional picture
Bioplastics/biodegradable legislation in the EU

Certification and labeling
EU Directives
Lead Markets Initiative
Funding

Future outlook
Packaging legislation in the United States

US regulatory overview

US bioplastics/biodegradable legislation

Certification and labeling

US non-government organizations

The Bioplastics Recycling Consortium (BRC)
The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC)
Walmart

Packaging regulations in Asia-Pacific

China
Japan
Singapore
Thailand
Indonesia

Global trends
Biodegradable drivers
Technology, sectors, and applications
Summary
Introduction
Technology

Biopolymers
Smart materials
Biodegradable barrier materials
Self-regulating, self-monitoring packaging

Sectors and applications for biodegradable packaging

Biodegradables are a vital target for investment
Bioplastics led by PLA
Oxo-biodegradable plastic - the new alternative
Recent commercial applications of biodegradable plastic packaging
Bioplastics market overview
Paper and board packaging

The biodegradability packaging industry
Summary
Major packaging companies with interests in biodegradable

NatureWorks
Cereplast
Cardia
Novamont

Manufacturers moving biodegradables into the mainstream

BASF

Biodegradable materials and brand names

Nature Flex
Ingeo
Mater-Bio
Nature Plus
Ecoflex

Retailer and manufacturer initiatives

Retailers
Manufacturers
Niche players

Future outlook
Summary
Introduction
Market outlook

Outlook for Suppliers

Who is driving the market?

Price drivers
Policy drivers
Consumer demand
Who is paying for the development and growth of biodegradable
packaging?

Appendix
Scope
Methodology
Glossary/Abbreviations
Bibliography/References

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Description: This report Provides comprehensive overview of the biodegradable packaging market in Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific and in-depth analysis of the leading players and cutting-edge technology pushing the market forward.