The current situation of the plastics recycling industry will have a significant influence on the incentives and urgency for creating biopolymer solutions to plastics-related ecological concerns.

Fremont, CA: The bioplastics packaging sector has been seriously affected following the COVID-19 outbreak. Before the pandemic, supply chain disruptions, raw material price hikes, and a statewide lockdown had a significant influence on the burgeoning business.

According to recent industry analysis, packaging applications employing bioplastics will expand at a 16.2 percent annual pace, with market value more than doubling from 4.4 billion dollars in 2019 to 8.8 billion dollars in 2024, rising at a 15 percent yearly rate. Bioplastics are a relatively new addition to the array of polymers accessible to producers and consumers of packaging systems; according to the research, hence their proportion of the plastics packaging sector is quite small, even though estimated growth rates remain highly appealing. Let's see some of the key trends reshaping the bioplastics packaging sector.

Plastics recycling

The current situation of the plastics recycling industry will have a significant influence on the incentives and urgency for creating biopolymer solutions to plastics-related ecological concerns.

Natural raw materials polymers

Natural polymers like cellulose and starch will experience a surge in demand for usage in biodegradable packaging.

Polymers made by microorganisms

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) will see the increased application in packaging. While not biodegradable in general, biologically generated PHA has physical qualities that are similar to ordinary PET. As a result, there is a lot of interest and activity in developing and commercializing PHA manufacturing and application technologies.

Biomonomers

Identifying and developing economically viable approaches to this and many other essential industrial compounds through biological processes is a hot topic in research and development. The industry has a wide range of interests in these "green chemicals," including a particular interest in their potential applications in biopolymer substances for packaging. The principal packaging polymers made from biologically generated monomers are polylactic acid (PLA), bio-PET, and bio-polyolefins.