Bioplastics - It's a better choice - English 1
PRODUCTION VOLUMES AND AREAS OF USE Of the 335 mi
llion tonnes of plastic produced worldwide, bioplastics accounted for 2.11 million tonnes in 2018. B ioplastic production is expected to increase by 2.62 million tonnes over the next five years (2023), which corresponds to a highly respectable 23.9 per cent increase. This increase may be achieved even sooner if the expansion of production resources occurs more quickly than expected. an area with high production volumes where an important focus is the product’s environmental impact. Stiff and soft packaging is still the single largest market for bioplastics at 57 percent (2018). Other large markets for bioplastics are the textile and automotive industries. Biobased structural plastics are gaining greater and greater interest in applications with higher demands on mechanical, chemical and thermal properties. Bioplastics are being used in more and more markets, as the development of high-performance structural plastics progresses. Bioplastic packaging has been the biggest application area for bioplastics for many years, 22 BIOPLASTICS – IT'S A BETTER CHOICE If we break down the different market segments, we can see that the stiff packaging segment is clearly dominated by bio-PET, while starchbased plastics dominate the flexible packaging segment.