Bio-based Polymers Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The market is segmented by Type (Starch-based Plastics, Poly Lactic Acid, PolyHydroxy Alkanoates, Polyesters, and Cellulose Derivatives), Application (Agriculture, Textile, Electronics, Packaging, Healthcare, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of World).

Bio-based Polymers Market Size

Market Summary - Bio-Based Polymer Market
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: > 5 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Bio-based Polymers Market Analysis

The market for bio-based polymers is expected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period. One of the major factors driving the market is the increasing demand for sustainable plastics. Higher price compared to petroleum-based polymers is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.

  • The packaging industry dominated the market, and is expected to grow during the forecast period.
  • The increasing applications of biodegradable plastics are likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
  • Europe dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption from countries, such as France and the United Kingdom.

Bio-based Polymers Industry Segmentation

The bio-based polymers market report includes:

Starch-based Plastics
Poly Lactic Acid (PLA)
PolyHydroxy Alkanoates (PHA)
Polyesters (PBS, PBAT, and PCL)
Cellulose Derivatives
Other Applications
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of World
Saudi Arabia
Rest of the World

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Bio-based Polymers Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Bio-based Polymers Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Demand from Packaging Industry

  • Packaging is one of the largest markets for bio-based polymers. These polymers exhibit excellent clarity and gloss, resistance to food fats/oils, and aroma barrier. Additionally, they also provide stiffness, twist retention, and printability to the packaging.
  • Bio-based polymers are majorly used in fruit and vegetable packaging in the supermarkets, for bread bags and bakery boxes, bottles, envelopes and display carton windows, and shopping or carrier bags, among others.
  • The bio-based polymer market for packaging is growing rapidly in the European and North American regions. The increasing intervention of FDA and related organizations, in terms of food safety, is largely promoting the usage of biodegradable and food grade plastics for beverage and snack consumption.
  • The restaurant chains and food processing industries are increasingly adapting the biodegradable materials for food packaging. Consumer awareness is also rising rapidly, especially in the emerging economies, in terms of food safety, as some plastics are proven carcinogenic.
  • The growth in developing regions, like Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East, is expected to increase in the near future due to the improving food packaging standards of various food and safety organizations.
  • Moreover, the higher ease of disposing of biodegradable polymers has further added to its growing demand from the packaging industry.
Bio-based Polymer Market Revenue Share

Europe Region to Dominate the Market

  • Europe dominated the global market share.
  • Public awareness and government initiatives in the region have supported the use of biodegradable polymers in carrier bags, food packaging, food services (cutlery, etc.), and organic waste caddy liners, among others.
  • Various countries in the region have been focusing on offering more eco-friendly packaging. This has increased the demand for polylactic acid from the packaging sector.
  • Currently, the packaging sector in the United Kingdom has annual sales of GBP 11 billion, and it employs more than 85,000 people.
  • It represents about 3% of the United Kingdom’s manufacturing, and is a major contributor to the country’s GDP.
  • Non-United Kingdom-based companies own much of the country’s packaging industry.
  • The growing need for small size packaging and the growing consumption habits with the change in lifestyles are anticipated to propel the demand for bio-based polymers over the forecast period.
Bio-based Polymer Market Regional Trends

Bio-based Polymers Industry Overview

The bio-based polymers market is partially consolidated, and is dominated by very few players. Some of these major players include BASF SE, Covestro AG, BIOTEC, thyssenkrupp AG, and NatureWorks LLC, among others.

Bio-based Polymers Market Leaders

  1. Covestro AG

  2. BASF SE

  3. BIOTEC GmbH & Co.

  4. thyssenkrupp AG

  5. NatureWorks LLC

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Bio-based Polymers Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Preference toward Eco-friendly Polymers to Preserve Environment

      2. 4.1.2 Regulation on Non-degradable Polymers in Many Countries

      3. 4.1.3 Increasing Consumer Awareness in Developed and Developing Nations

      4. 4.1.4 Non-toxic Nature of Biodegradable Polymers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Higher Price Compared to Petroleum-based polymers

      2. 4.2.2 Low Awareness in Low Income Countries

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Starch-based Plastics

      2. 5.1.2 Poly Lactic Acid (PLA)

      3. 5.1.3 PolyHydroxy Alkanoates (PHA)

      4. 5.1.4 Polyesters (PBS, PBAT, and PCL)

      5. 5.1.5 Cellulose Derivatives

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Agriculture

      2. 5.2.2 Textile

      3. 5.2.3 Electronics

      4. 5.2.4 Packaging

      5. 5.2.5 Healthcare

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of World

        1. Brazil

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.4.2 BIOTEC GmbH & Co.

      3. 6.4.3 Cardia Bioplastics Limited

      4. 6.4.4 Covestro AG

      5. 6.4.5 Corbion

      6. 6.4.6 Cortec Group

      7. 6.4.7 DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 FKuR Kunststoff GmbH

      9. 6.4.9 FP International

      10. 6.4.10 Innovia Films

      11. 6.4.11 Merck KGaA

      12. 6.4.12 Metabolix Inc.

      13. 6.4.13 NatureWorks LLC

      14. 6.4.14 Novamont S.p.A

      15. 6.4.15 Rodenburg Biopolymers

      16. 6.4.16 Showa Denko KK

      17. 6.4.17 thyssenkrupp AG

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Applications of Bio-degradable Plastics

    2. 7.2 Increasing Research in Drug Delivery

    3. 7.3 Rising Regulations in Emerging Countries

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Bio-based Polymers Market Research FAQs

The Bio-based Polymers Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Bio-based Polymers Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

Europe holds highest share in 2021.

Covestro AG, BASF SE, BIOTEC GmbH & Co., thyssenkrupp AG, NatureWorks LLC are the major companies operating in Bio-based Polymers Market.

Bio-based Polymers Industry Report

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