Biodegradable Plastics Market By Type (Starch Based, PLA, PHA, PBAT and PBS) By End Users (Packaging, Agriculture, Consumer Goods and others) and By Geography – Global Driver, Restraints, Opportunities, Trends, and Forecast to 2023

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The plastics which can decompose naturally in the environment are termed as biodegradable plastics. These are manufactured from petrochemicals as well as from natural sources such as orange peel, corn starch, and plants. Out of total plastics produced in the world only a small fraction (<10%) of which is biodegradable.

Research Methodology

The biodegradable plastics market has been analyzed by utilizing the optimum combination of secondary sources and in-house methodology along with an irreplaceable blend of primary insights. The real-time assessment of the market is an integral part of our market sizing and forecasting methodology. Our industry experts and panel of primary participants have helped us in compiling relevant aspects with realistic parametric estimations for a comprehensive study. The participation share of different categories of primary participants is given below:

Key Market Insights

Biodegradable plastics are widely utilized in various applications like packaging, agriculture, consumer goods, and others. The manufacturers are focusing towards innovation to capture more of the market share. The demand for biodegradable plastics is increasing owing to the increased awareness about environment and reducing the plastic waste.

The increasing awareness across the globe, especially developed regions along with increasing environmental protection efforts from the governments is pushing the growth of biodegradable plastics. On the other hand, growing economies and increasing per capita income along with technological innovations to bring down the prices are making biodegradable plastics more and more affordable & efficient. The evolution of new enzymes to degrade commodity polymers and upgrade of older biodegradable plastic with enhanced properties is expanding the application areas providing additional growth opportunities to the market.

Europe dominates the market currently and is also expected to grow during the forecast period due to intense demand. Asia Pacific is expected to accelerate in the market during the forecast period. Some of the prominent key players in the biodegradable plastics market are Arkema, BASF, Corbion, DowDuPont, and Cargill.


  • Starch-based
  • PLA
  • PBS
  • PBAT
  • PHA
  • Others

End Users:

  • Packaging
  • Agriculture
  • Consumer Goods
  • Others


  • Asia Pacific
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Rest of the World


1                Executive Summary 

1.1            Europe has the highest dominance in the biodegradable plastics market

1.2            By End Users, Alcohol dominates the market

2                Market Positioning 

2.1            Industry Snapshot

2.1.1        Industry Overview

2.1.2        Key Trends

2.2            Related Market

3                Market Outlook 

3.1            Introduction

3.2            Value Chain Analysis

3.3            Market Segmentation

4                Market Characteristics 

4.1            PESTLE Analysis

4.2            Porter’s Five Force Analysis

4.3            Market Dynamics

4.3.1        Drivers    Growing automotive and packaging industry    Increased demand from Asia Pacific

4.3.2        Restraints    Low penetration in underdeveloped countries    Availability of cheaper alternatives

4.3.3        Opportunities    Large untapped market in developing and underdeveloped countries    Demand for carbon dioxide-based polyols

4.3.4        DRO – Impact Analysis

4.4            Patent Analysis

5                Biodegradable plastics, By Type 

5.1            Overview

5.2            Starch Based

5.3            PLA

5.4            PBS

5.5            PBAT

5.6            PHA

6                Biodegradable Plastics, By End Users 

6.1            Overview

6.2            Packaging

6.3            Agriculture

6.4            Consumer Goods

7                Biodegradable Plastics, By Geography 

7.1            Overview

7.2            Asia Pacific

7.3            North America

7.4            Europe

7.5            Rest of the World

(Segmentation has been covered by country, by type and by end users for all the regions)

8                Competitive Landscape 

8.1            Competitive Regional Exposure Analysis

8.2            Market Developments

8.2.1        Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

8.2.2        Expansions

8.2.3        Product launches

9                Vendor Profiles 

9.1            BASF

9.2            Arkema

9.3            Corbion

9.4            Cargill

9.5            DowDuPont

(Overview, product profile, business units,geographic revenue, and recent developements have been covered for all the vendors)

10             Customers Profile 

10.1          UPF Technologies

10.2          Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA)

10.3          General Electric (GE)

10.4          Toyota

10.5          Philips

(Overview, Product profile, swot analysis and business strategies have been covered for all the customers)

11             Companies to Watch for 

11.1          BASF

(Overview and product profile has been included)

12             Annexure 

12.1          Report Scope

12.2          Market Definition

12.3          Research Methodology

12.3.1      Data Collation & In-house Estimation

12.3.2      Market Triangulation

12.3.3      Forecasting

12.4          Study Declarations

12.5          Report Assumptions

12.6          Stakeholders

12.7      Abbreviations

Infoholic research works on a holistic 360° approach in order to deliver high quality, validated and reliable information in our market reports. The Market estimation and forecasting involves following steps:

  • Data Collation (Primary & Secondary)
  • In-house Estimation (Based on proprietary data bases and Models)
  • Market Triangulation
  • Forecasting

infoholic Research Methodology

Market related information is congregated from both primary and secondary sources.

Primary sources involved participants from all global stakeholders such as Solution providers, service providers, Industry associations, thought leaders etc. across levels such as CXOs, VPs and managers. Plus, our in-house industry experts having decades of industry experience contribute their consulting and advisory services.

Secondary sources include public sources such as regulatory frameworks, government IT spending, government demographic indicators, industry association statistics, and company publications along with paid sources such as Factiva, OneSource, Bloomberg among others.