Bio-degradable Polymers Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Bio-Degradable Polymers Market Report Offers Major Suppliers and is Segmented by Type (Starch-Based Plastics, Polylactic Acid, Polyhydroxy Alkanoates, Polyesters, and Cellulose Derivatives), End-User Industry (Agriculture, Textile, Consumer Goods, Packaging, Healthcare, and Other End-User Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of World). The Market Sizes and Forecasts for the Bio-Degradable Polymers Market are Provided Based On Volume (tons) for all the Above Segments

Bio-degradable Polymers Market Size

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Bio-Degradable Polymers Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Volume (2024) 0.71 Million tons
Market Volume (2029) 1.85 Million tons
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 21.10 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Europe

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Bio-degradable Polymers Market Analysis

The Bio-degradable Polymers Market size is estimated at 0.71 Million tons in 2024, and is expected to reach 1.85 Million tons by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 21.10% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Bio-degradable polymers are advantageous over non-bio-degradable polymers as they are less toxic, have lesser side effects, help to improve patient compliance, and maintains the stabilization of the drug. Therefore, temporary halt in the global production of industrial and consumer goods had repercussion not only on the demand, but also production of bio-degradable polymers. Such market scenario being witnessed in 2020 is indicated to trim the global economic growth by 3% to 6% during the year.

  • A major factor driving the market studied is the favorable government policies which promote bio-plastics. Additionally, tremendous usage in flexible packaging is likely to favor the market growth.
  • On the flipside, the higher price of bio-degradable polymers compared to petroleum-based polymers is expected to hinder the market growth.
  • Bio-degradable plastics are increasingly finding usage in niche applications, such as in shale gas industry (where they are used during hydro-fracking), hygiene products, and in fishing gears, among other applications, these are projected to act as an opportunity for the market in future.

Bio-degradable Polymers Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Packaging Industry

  • Bio-degradable polymers are used in both flexible and rigid packaging applications. Bio-degradable polymers are used for wrapping organic food, as well as for premium and branded products with particular requirements.
  • According to European Bioplastics, global production capacities of bioplastics (of which bio-degradable polymers accounted for around 40% of the market) are expected to increase from 2.2 million tons in 2022 to 6.3 million tons in 2027. Around 50% of the volume is used for the packaging market, which is the biggest market segment within the bioplastics industry.
  • In rigid packaging applications, bio-degradable polymers are used in cosmetics packaging, such as creams and lipsticks, as well as beverage bottles and many more. PLA is widely used in rigid packaging applications.
  • Biodegradability is an important component of food packaging for perishables. Flexible packaging solutions, such as films and trays, are particularly suitable for fresh produce, such as fruit and vegetables, as they enable longer shelf life.
  • In Europe and North America, the consumption of bio-degradable polymers is increasing, owing to stringent regulations by the government to ban the usage of petroleum-based plastics, coupled with the increasing usage of bio-degradable polymers in rigid packaging for bottles in these regions.
  • The growth in the packaging industry in developing regions, such as Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East, is expected to increase over the forecast period due to the improving food packaging standards of various food and safety organizations in these regions. In turn, it is expected to propel the growth of the bio-degradable polymers market during the forecast period.
  • Owing to the aforementioned factors, the bio-degradable polymers market is expected to grow with the increasing demand from the packaging industry during the forecast period.
Bio-degradable Polymers Market  : Production Capacities Of Bioplastics, Kilotons, By Flexible Packaging, 2019-2022

China to Grow at a Fastest Rate in Asia Pacific Region

  • In Asia-Pacific, China is the largest economy in terms of GDP. Chinese plastics manufacturers that account for almost 29% of the global plastic production are focusing on the increased use of corn, sugar, and other crops to develop biodegradable plastics as concerns about environmental pollution have encouraged directives from Beijing and the prospects of a ban on conventional plastics single-use non-biodegradable plastics, such as cutlery, plastic bags, and packaging.
  • According to Interpak 2023, China holds a significant share of the global flexible packaging market. The average annual growth of the flexible packaging market in the country until 2022 was around 8%, whereas the global annual average growth rate was around 4.3%. This growth in the packaging industry is mainly driven by dynamic economic development, accelerating urbanization, as well as improvement in people's quality of life. Consumers are shifting toward more safe, convenient, unique, and eco-friendly packaging.
  • Consumers take more interest in the materials used for packaging and the impact on their health and environment. Therefore, companies are focusing on transforming biodegradable plastic packaging.
  • Food and beverage packaging is the major driver boosting the demand for bio-degradable polymers. As per Interpak 2023, the Chinese total retail trade of foodstuff packaging in 2023 reached 447,066 million units.
  • Also, China has a significant presence in producing considerable quantities of plastics, generating revenues from trade exports, thereby creating significant production capacities for various packaging companies. According to International Trade Center (ITC), in 2021, China exported plastics and articles valued at about USD 131.07 billion, a 36% rise in exports from the previous year, valued at around USD 96.38 billion.
  • Plastic film mulching in the Chinese agriculture industry has played a vital role, owing to its effects on soil warming, moisture conservation, and weed control. Standards for using plastic films have been improved, and appropriate techniques are being developed for multipurpose plastic film, mechanization of residue recycling technology, and the replacement of polythene with biodegradable polymer films. This biodegradable plastic film mulching technology has helped in increasing 20-50% of grain crop yields and plays a key role in ensuring the supply of agricultural goods in the country.
  • Thus, the market for biodegradable polymers in China is expected to experience growth during the forecast period owing to such trends in the end-user industries.
Bio-degradable Polymers Market - CAGR by Region

Bio-degradable Polymers Industry Overview

The global market for biodegradable polymers is partly consolidated, with a chunk of the market in the hands of the market leader in each product segment. Major companies holding a significant market share (not in any particular order) are NatureWorks LLC, Novamont S.p.A, BASF SE, Total Corbion PLA, and Eastman Chemical Company, among others.

Bio-degradable Polymers Market Leaders

  1. NatureWorks LLC

  2. BASF SE

  3. Novamont S.p.A

  4. Total Corbion PLA

  5. Eastman Chemical Company

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Bio-degradable Polymers Market News

  • April 2023: NatureWorks introduced Ingeo 6500D for nonwoven applications, and with this, the company expanded the use of Ingeo biopolymers in hygiene applications. The Ingeo 6500D offers strength and softness and meets the demand from consumers and brands for products manufactured using sustainable materials.
  • May 2022: NatureWorks and CJ Bio entered into an agreement to commercialize novel biopolymer solutions. The companies are planning to produce high-performance biopolymers with a combination of NatureWorks Ingeo biomaterials technology and CJ Bio's polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) to be used in food packaging, personal care, and other applications.

Bio-degradable Polymers Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Favorable Government Policies Promoting Bio-plastics

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Usage in Flexible Packaging

      3. 4.1.3 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Higher Price Compared to Petroleum-based polymers

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porters 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

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Starch-based Plastics

      2. 5.1.2 Polylactic 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 End-User Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Agriculture

      2. 5.2.2 Textile

      3. 5.2.3 Consumer Goods (Consumer Electronics)

      4. 5.2.4 Packaging

      5. 5.2.5 Healthcare

      6. 5.2.6 Other End-User Industries

    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 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.4.2 Biome Technologies plc

      3. 6.4.3 BIOTEC Biologische Naturverpackungen GmbH & Co. KG

      4. 6.4.4 Cardia Bioplastics

      5. 6.4.5 Danimer Scientific

      6. 6.4.6 DuPont

      7. 6.4.7 Eastman Chemical Company

      8. 6.4.8 FKuR

      9. 6.4.9 Merck KGaA

      10. 6.4.10 Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation

      11. 6.4.11 NatureWorks LLC

      12. 6.4.12 Novamont S.p.A.

      13. 6.4.13 TEIJIN LIMITED

      14. 6.4.14 Total Corbion PLA

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Use in the Electronics Industry

    2. 7.2 Increasing Applications in the Medical Industry

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Bio-degradable Polymers Industry Segmentation

Bio-degradable polymers are produced both naturally and synthetically, mostly consisting of different functional groups such as ester, amide, and other functional groups. These polymers are also increasingly used for various applications due to less or no carbon footprint.

The bio-degradable polymers market is segmented by product type, end-user industry, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into starch-based plastics, polylactic acid, polyhydroxyalkanoates, and cellulose derivatives. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into agriculture, textile, consumer goods, packaging, healthcare, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the bio-degradable polymers market in 15 countries across major regions.

For each segment, the market sizing and prediction have been made based on volume (tons).

Starch-based Plastics
Polylactic Acid (PLA)
Polyhydroxy Alkanoates (PHA)
Polyesters (PBS, PBAT, and PCL)
Cellulose Derivatives
End-User Industry
Consumer Goods (Consumer Electronics)
Other End-User Industries
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa
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Bio-degradable Polymers Market Research FAQs

The Bio-degradable Polymers Market size is expected to reach 0.71 million tons in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 21.10% to reach 1.85 million tons by 2029.

In 2024, the Bio-degradable Polymers Market size is expected to reach 0.71 million tons.

NatureWorks LLC, BASF SE, Novamont S.p.A, Total Corbion PLA and Eastman Chemical Company are the major companies operating in the Bio-degradable Polymers Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Europe accounts for the largest market share in Bio-degradable Polymers Market.

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Bio-degradable Polymers Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)