Packaging is a potentially important market for biopolymers. The global packaging industry is worth about £300bn and the UK industry over £9bn. Every person in the UK consumes 160kg of packaging each year of which 25kg is plastic. The packaging
industry is under considerable regulatory and public pressure, and there is the potential for significant substitution of petrochemical polymers with biopolymers and bio-derived polymers.
This report describes the context and background for the application of biopolymers in packaging. The landscape in which biopolymers must find their niche.
Report prepared for the National Non-Food Crops Centre
Published 2005, 93 pages