3. Legal supervision


Because the solid waste formed by non-degradable packaging materials is very harmful to the environment, many countries (especially developed countries) have formulated strict regulations to reduce waste and promote the use of biodegradable packaging materials. It is reported that developed countries and regions in Europe, the United States, Japan, and other countries have successively formulated and introduced relevant regulations to restrict the use of non-degradable plastics through measures such as local bans, restrictions, compulsory collection, and collection of pollution taxes, and vigorously develop new biodegradable materials in order to protect the environment and the soil.

Among them, France introduced a policy in 2005: all disposable plastic bags must be biodegradable after 2010. Now that Cameroon has joined this camp, it can be seen that non-environment-friendly packaging materials will continue to run into obstacles in the future development market. Correspondingly, environmentally friendly packaging materials will usher in a golden period of development. These materials are usually made from renewable raw materials such as starch and cellulose. Biodegradable plastic can be decomposed into compounds by the enzymatic action of microorganisms, into CO2, methane, and water.


Market size and forecast of biodegradable packaging


Data show that in 2017, the size of biodegradable materials in the packaging market was 81.01 billion US dollars. The global packaging market’s demand for degradable plastics will reach 9.45 million tons in 2023, and the market size will reach 113.55 billion US dollars. In the forecast period (2018 (-2023), the compound annual growth rate is 5.9%.

The market for degradable plastic packaging is huge, and the demand for food packaging accounts for more than 70% of the market for degradable plastic packaging, which is self-evident. Relevant research also emphasizes the latest development trends. Under the new situation, “green packaging” will be more and more widely used in the logistics industry.



This requires logistics companies that provide packaging services to carry out green packaging transformation, including the use of environmentally friendly materials. Improve material utilization, design folding packaging to reduce empty load rate, establish a packaging reuse system, etc .; promote the production department to adopt packaging that is as simple as possible and made of degradable materials; in the circulation process, various measures should be taken realize the rationalization and modernization of packaging.

A previous IHS Markit report showed that the global market value of biodegradable plastics in 2018 was more than 1.1 billion US dollars, and the market value is expected to reach 1.7 billion US dollars by 2023. The report highlights the application of these biodegradable material solutions in various regions and industries.


Challenges of biodegradable packaging


At present, there are still some problems in the development and application of biodegradable polymers:

# Due to issues such as corporate interests, the popularity of degradable plastics is not smooth.


At present, China’s degradable plastics are still in the stage of publicity and promotion, and the degree of marketization is not high. However, the promotion and application of green packaging is not easy. In industries mandated by the state, such as disposable plastic cups, lunch boxes, cutlery and other daily plastic products in the catering industry, the proportion of using degradable plastics is relatively high, while in industry and agriculture, the use of degradable plastics is relatively low. . As Zhang Jindong, chairman of Suning Holdings Group, said during the two sessions this year, promoting green packaging in the logistics industry is a systematic project, from the use of green recycling products to the establishment of a packaging recycling system and the reduction of express packaging consumables. It requires not only the “marriage” of the government and enterprises, but also people’s deep-rooted green ideas in daily life.


#  In addition, the market price of degradable plastic is 2-3 times that of ordinary plastic products.


If it is successfully sold, the profit level is 10%, and the profit level of ordinary plastic is 1% -3%. Although the profit level is high, the current sales resistance of degradable plastics is relatively large. The first is higher costs, larger capital occupation, and poor acceptance of downstream companies. The second is that degradable plastics have a certain shelf life. Sales are not smooth, and the risk of loss for the company is greater.


# The degradability of the polymer


It will inevitably damage the durability of the product, and it will also reduce its mechanical properties to a certain extent, thereby limiting the application range of the biodegradable polymer.

As far as the results of current research and production technologies are concerned, it still takes a long time to make them universally available. The low cost of development, time-degrading, and highly efficient bioplastics is the main direction of future research in this field.

Nevertheless, it is encouraging to see that changes are taking place, and relevant companies and institutions are working hard to carry out innovative research and development and exploration, especially in the application of packaging materials, plastic films, medical materials, and other fields. A revolution with many bright spots around green packaging is ongoing




To sum up, in the long run, increasing domestic environmental awareness will broaden the use of degradable plastics; increasing demand for environmentally friendly materials abroad will increase exports of degradable plastics, and the maturity of degradable plastics production processes will drive costs.

Gradually reduced to the acceptable range for downstream. With the maturity of various conditions, due to its unique properties, the development prospects of biodegradable polymer materials are extremely broad. At the same time, it also plays a huge role in reducing environmental pollution and creating a pollution-free environment for human beings. In the future, the development and research of biodegradable polymer materials should mainly focus on the competing polymer varieties in terms of the basic properties, molding and processing properties, and price of polymers.


About PeimePac


At PrimePac, we bring together design experts and brand innovators to create fresh ideas, customized packages, and fully efficient processes.

We design creative packaging solutions that cater to a diverse global audience with the in-house knowledge and network of experienced professionals to meet the demands of every type of client.

From our dedicated sales team and warehouse staff in Australia to the experts at our production facilities in China, all of our employees are guided by four core values at the heart of our business: integrity, innovation, passion, and engagement.




With our team in China and Australia working as one, we reduce inefficiency so that you deal with one streamlined team from manufacturing right to delivery.

Service support team located in Guangzhou, the manufacturing hub of China, providing rapid response, and local industry knowledge. Warehouse and 3PL network located in Sydney, to provide rapid distribution, and delivery to your customers.