Europe to lead green packaging market; bioplastics to flourish

Per Allied Market Research, the recycle content packaging segment is expected to grow with a CAGR of 4.92 percent to reach $207,543 million globally by 2022.

Bioplastic is a new ecological alternative to oil-based polymers with promising growth in pharmaceutical sectors. Bioplastics have flourished in healthcare and pharmaceutical markets and are accepted as an alternative for polymer oil-based products. Reverse logistics and an increase in the number of legislations for ecological packaging techniques have facilitated the recycle of municipal wastes.

The European region is expected to continue to lead the green packaging market, followed by North America. The German green packaging market is estimated at a CAGR of 5.10 percent, while the Middle East region is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.15 percent. The North American and Asia-Pacific regions jointly accounted for more than half of the total 2015 share.

Rise in hygiene and health concerns among consumers boosts the demand for green packaging with applications in sustainable packaging.


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Source: Greentechlead


4 Sustainable Packaging Trends for 2016

Focusing on green is quickly becoming a necessity in today’s product environment. Here are four sustainable packaging trends that we will be hearing more of in 2016.


The first trend to make waves in 2016 is clearer labeling. Consumers are demanding clear and concise packaging, especially when it comes to the sustainability claims and the recycling options. Many consumers question whether packaging is able to go in the recycling bin; consumers would like to recycle product packaging simply and efficiently.


The second trend we should expect to see in 2016 is conscious consumer appeal. More than ever the consumer population is moving towards a greener future. Consumers will be looking for brands to clearly display their commitments to the environment and make their social responsibility clear.


The third trend that will get more momentum in 2016 is the bioplastic boom. The plant derived material has garnered attention and continues to boom. With large scale vertical farming becoming more of a reality, 2016 could be a great year for more sustainably produced bioplastics.


Lastly is the lightweight packaging trend. In 2015 the industry saw an emphasis on lightweight packaging that momentum has not slowed down. There is an expectation to see more manufacturers jumping onto the lightweight bandwagon. The intentions behind lightweight packaging is rather clear: reduced material, reduced manufacturing costs, reduced environmental impact, and reduced amounts of natural resources via transportation. The expectation is that 2016 will be a year where the long-term viability of lightweight packaging will be analyzed – meaning the value of lightweight materials in the recovery stream.



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Source: Packaging Digest

Bio plastics global demand expected to quadruple

According to The Global Outlook for Biodegradable Packaging, due to rising oil prices and the depletion of fossil fuels there will be an increased interest in the use of plant-based polymers. These drivers are expected to push global demand for biodegradable or plant based plastics, causing the market for these products to quadruple by 2013.

Researchers have noted that currently, bio plastics account for less than ten percent of global plastics use, and the sector faces increasing regulation and competition as large corporation move in on the industry. Furthermore, the study also noted that sector growth is around seventeen to twenty percent since 2006.

The report provided an overview of the biodegradable packaging market in Europe, the United States and Asia-Pacific, and provides in-depth analysis of the leading players and cutting-edge technology that will propel the industry forward. Additionally, the article provides a comprehensive outline of the regulatory and legislative framework in Europe, the United States and Asia-Pacific, and lastly outlines the key cost factors inhibiting development of biodegradable packaging, explores the future of the biodegradable packaging market, and the types of product are best placed to benefit from expansion.

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