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Biodegradable plastics: legislation and climate neutrality drive demand

14 May 2021 − 

Politicians, the market and society are increasingly demanding that companies along the plastics value chain replace a proportion of fossil-based materials with recycled materials, but also with renewable alternatives.

Bioplastics are considered climate-neutral and have ecological advantages compared to petrochemical-based plastics, "especially due to the large savings in CO2 during production, use and disposal," writes the association European Bioplastics (EUBP). 

In total, bioplastics currently account for only about 1% of the more than 368m tonnes of conventional plastics produced globally each year. However, the market volume for biodegradable plastics is expected to rise continuously and global demand is expected to increase, also driven by the growing environmental awareness of consumers and large corporations, which is reflected in current industry data.

However, Europe could be left behind because the Single-Use Plastic Directive (SUPD) prevents important incentives. In China legislators are reportedly more supportive of the industry.   

 ⇒ This is an excerpt from a comprehensive article, which takes a close look at the latest developments in the bioplastics market. The article will be published in  EUWID Packaging Markets 10/2021.

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