Biodegradable Mulch Film Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Report Covers Global Biodegradable Mulch Film Market Size & Trends and is segmented by Polymer (Starch, Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), and Polylactic Acid (PLA)), Application (Fruits and Vegetables, Flowers and Plants, and Grains and Oilseeds), and Geography.

Biodegradable Mulch Film Market Size

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Biodegradable Mulch Films Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 8.50 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Biodegradable Mulch Films Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Biodegradable Mulch Film Market Analysis

The biodegradable mulch film market is expected to register a CAGR of 8.5% during the forecast period 2021 - 2026. Biodegradability in the soil provides huge benefits for agricultural and horticultural products. Biodegradable mulching films has made rapid improvement in terms of usability that allows cultivators to plow in bioplastic mulch after use, instead of collecting them from the field for recycling, which improves operational efficiency. However, the potential environmental consequences of using biodegradable mulches have not been thoroughly studied, and the international standards, such as ISO 17088, ASTM D6400, ISO 17556, and ASTM D5988, for validating their safeness are in the ongoing research phase.

  • The expansion of the greenhouse project drives the market. According to the World Greenhouse Vegetable Statistics, there are 1,228,000 acres of greenhouse growing space for production worldwide. Biodegradable plastic mulch fragments physically modify soil before they are fully biodegraded. However, PE plastic fragments reduce soil infiltration and water absorption, by which the accumulation may affect soil ecosystems in greenhouse plantation and ultimately, plant germination and growth. Thus, the demand for biodegradable mulch film market increases in this segment.
  • Supportive regulation from the governments for organic mulching across the world is driving the market. For instance, in Europe, EN 17033 is the new product standard made for biodegradable mulch films used in agriculture and horticulture and specifies the necessary requirements and test methods. The standard is designed for a clear reference to farmers, distributors, and stakeholders. EN 17033 is more likely to replace other pre-existing national standards in Europe.
  • High installation cost, along with the addition of harmful additives during the manufacturing process, challenges the growth of the market. The deficit of availability of such mulch films with high initial costs is challenging the growth. Moreover, the involvement of plasticizers in the manufacturing of biodegradable mulch film to make profits may challenge the market with growing awareness among the farmers.

Biodegradable Mulch Film Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Biodegradable Mulch Film Market according to our research experts:

Fruits and Vegetables to Account for a Significant Share

  • The agricultural industry has recognized the major benefits of biodegradable mulch films in the reduction of soil compaction, fertilizer leaching, moisture evaporation, weed problems, and increasing soil temperature, which helps to obtain higher yield and increase early growth in crops, while providing the additional benefit of biodegrading.
  • Due to the large proportion of mulch films used in fruits and vegetables and all the environmental problems related to their disposal, the biodegradable mulch films seem to be the best solution for replacing the conventional polyethylene mulches.
  • Additionally, traditional mulch film waste causes an environmental problem, because it is very contaminated with soil and vegetable residues, turning the recycling process expensive and time-consuming, being an uneconomic activity. These biodegradable mulch films have the advantage of being disposed directly into the soil or into a composting system at the end of their lifetime and undergo biodegradation by soil microorganisms. This saves time and money both.
  • BASF offers the polymer Ecovio M, which is made up of polymer PLA (polylactic acid), which contains biobased content, and it is completely biodegradable. The advantage is that the farmer does not have to laboriously collect the mulch films after harvest but can plow it directly, which helps in saving time and money.
  • Additionally, a major concern for large-scale adoption of plastic mulch for crop productivity enhancement in the trans-Himalayan region could be the resultant pollution hazards caused by residual plastic film. In July 2019, the DRDO announced to do its research for the adoption of low-cost biodegradable mulching materials on crop growth. This further increases the market growth.
  • Furthermore, Italy exports yearly tons of fresh fruits and vegetables to other countries, and players, such as Novamont, offer Mater-Bi mulch film for processing vegetables. Italy is the main European producer of tomato. According to the Associazione Nazionale Industriali Conserve Alimentari Vegetali, the export value of tomato products in Italy from the first half-year of 2018 to the first half-year of 2019 increased from EUR 779.5 million to EUR 847.6 million.
Biodegradable Mulch Films Market: Exported Volume of Fruits And Vegetables, In Tons, Italy, 2018-2019

Asia-Pacific to Witness Significant Market Growth

  • The Asia-Pacific region is projected to grow at the highest rate in the biodegradable mulch film, as the increasing population, especially in China and India, resulted in the increasing demand for food, which leads to an increased usage of biodegradable mulch films in crop production.
  • The government is also taking necessary steps to improve the productivity of crops. In January 2020, in China, the government’s National Development and Reform Commission stated that China wants to promote non-plastic products, including biodegradable mulch film, in the agriculture sector.
  • Additionally, in India, the government estimated the quantity production for pulses for the coming years, which significantly raises the demand for biodegradable mulch films. According to Seed Division, 3,975,165 quintal pulses are to be farmed during 2020-2021, with an increment of 308,947 quintals compared to the year 2019-2020.
  • Furthermore, the Singapore-headquartered biotech startup RWDC industry announced that it closed a USD 13 million Series A2 round deal co-led by venture capital firms, Vickers Venture Partners and WI Harper Group. The money was primarily being used to expand RWDC’s PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) production capacity in 2019.
Biodegradable Mulch Films Market: Growth Rate by Region (2020-2025)

Biodegradable Mulch Film Industry Overview

The biodegradable mulch film market is fragmented, and the major players are using various strategies, such as new product launches and agreements, to increase their footprints in this market. Key players are BASF SE, BioBag International AS, etc. Recent developments in the market are -

  • Aug 2019 - BASF announced a certified soil-biodegradable plastic for mulch films known as Ecovio M 2351, which is made from its biodegradable co-polyester known as PBAT (polybutylene adipate terephthalate) Ecoflex and other major biodegradable polymers that are based on renewable raw materials. Mulch films which are made of Ecovio M 2351 can be plowed into soil after its mechanical harvest, as naturally occurring micro-organisms recognize the structure of the film in the soil.

Biodegradable Mulch Film Market Leaders

  1. BASF SE

  2. BioBag International AS

  3. Organix A.G

  4. Armando Alvarez Group

  5. Novamont S.p.A.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Biodegradable Mulch Film 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 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Expansion of Greenhouse Projects

      2. 4.2.2 Supportive Regulation from the Governments for Organic Mulching Across the World

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 High Installation Cost and Addition of Harmful Additives in Manufacturing

    4. 4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Polymer

      1. 5.1.1 Starch

      2. 5.1.2 Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)

      3. 5.1.3 Polylactic Acid (PLA)

      4. 5.1.4 Other Polymers (Aliphatic-Aromatic Copolymers (AAC))

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Fruits and Vegetables

      2. 5.2.2 Flowers and Plants

      3. 5.2.3 Grains and Oilseeds

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.1.2 BioBag International AS

      3. 6.1.3 Organix AG

      4. 6.1.4 Armando Alvarez Group

      5. 6.1.5 Novamont SpA

      6. 6.1.6 Agriplast Tech India Pvt Ltd

      7. 6.1.7 Pooja Plastic Industries

      8. 6.1.8 Barbier Group

      9. 6.1.9 Dubois Agrinovation

      10. 6.1.10 Hopewell Industries

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
    3. 6.2 Investment Analysis


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Biodegradable Mulch Film Industry Segmentation

Biodegradable mulch films are organic mulching materials offering benefits, such as weed control, maintenance of soil structure, and prevention of crops from soil contamination.

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)
Polylactic Acid (PLA)
Other Polymers (Aliphatic-Aromatic Copolymers (AAC))
Fruits and Vegetables
Flowers and Plants
Grains and Oilseeds
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
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Biodegradable Mulch Film Market Research FAQs

The Biodegradable Mulch Film Market is projected to register a CAGR of 8.5% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

BASF SE, BioBag International AS, Organix A.G, Armando Alvarez Group and Novamont S.p.A. are the major companies operating in the Biodegradable Mulch Film Market.

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

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Biodegradable Mulch Film Market.

The report covers the Biodegradable Mulch Film Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Biodegradable Mulch Film Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Biodegradable Mulch Film Industry Report

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