The Future of Refillable & Reusable Packaging to 2027

The developing refillable and reusable segment includes a plethora of recent start-up businesses using refillable and reusable packaging and pilot schemes being run by retail chains in conjunction with major consumer packaged goods companies. This report considers the four main business-to-consumer packaging refill and reuse models currently in existence.

Table of Contents Key Facts and Figures
  • Global refillable and reusable packaging sales are estimated at $35 billion in 2017 and have grown at an average annual rate of 3.4% to $40.1 billion to 2021
  • Refillable and reusable packaging sales are projected at $42 billion in 2022 and are forecast to grow 4.9% annually to 2027 to $53.4 billion
  • Global refillable and reusable packaging sales represent approximately 4% of global packaging sales in 2021. 
The developing refillable and reusable segment includes a plethora of recent start-up businesses using refillable and reusable packaging and pilot schemes being run by retail chains in conjunction with major consumer packaged goods companies. This report considers the four main business-to-consumer packaging refill and reuse models currently in existence. These differ in terms of packaging ‘ownership’ and the requirement for the user to leave home to refill/return the packaging: ‘refill at home’, ‘return from home’, ‘refill in store’ and ‘return in store’. 
 
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  • An in-depth investigation into the reusable and refillable packaging market, including areas of growth, opportunities for the expansion of the market and the challenges the market will face
  • The global refillable and reusable packaging market is divided into three distinct market segments in this report. There are very different market dynamics, market sizes and market growth rates displayed by each of the three market segments. 
 
What will you discover?
  • The mature business-to-consumer refillable and reusable packaging market is large, well established and is growing at a relatively low rate. This segment includes mainly recovered glass bottles, which are used to produce new glass bottles; refillable and reusable glass bottles; refillable and reusable PET bottles; and reusable water bottles made from plastic, metal and glass
  • The business-to-business industrial/transit market reconditioned the packaging market and is also large, mature and growing at a relatively low rate. This segment includes reconditioned steel drums, rigid intermediate bulk containers and plastic drums.  
 
The Smithers methodology This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of targeted interviews with material suppliers, converters and experts drawn from key markets. This was supported by secondary research in the form of extensive literature analysis of published data, official government statistics, domestic and international trade organisation data, company websites, industry reports, trade press articles, presentations, and attendance at trade events.  
 
  • Who should buy this report?
    Materials suppliers
  • Refillable and reusable packaging manufacturers
  • Packaging raw material suppliers
  • Packaging manufacturing equipment suppliers
  • Analysts and consultants 
 
About the author David Platt is a freelance business researcher and writer with a broad range of experience in the plastics and packaging industry. He has authored over 50 market reports for Smithers on subjects including global packaging, rigid plastic packaging, PET packaging, flexible packaging, bioplastics, specialty plastics, high-performance packaging film, and pouches, caps & closures. He has participated in consultancy projects and has authored two books for Smithers, and writes for Sustainable Plastics magazine.
  • Global refillable and reusable packaging sales are estimated at $35 billion in 2017 and have grown at an average annual rate of 3.4% to $40.1 billion to 2021
  • Refillable and reusable packaging sales are projected at $42 billion in 2022 and are forecast to grow 4.9% annually to 2027 to $53.4 billion
  • Global refillable and reusable packaging sales represent approximately 4% of global packaging sales in 2021. 
 
The developing refillable and reusable segment includes a plethora of recent start-up businesses using refillable and reusable packaging and pilot schemes being run by retail chains in conjunction with major consumer packaged goods companies. This report considers the four main business-to-consumer packaging refill and reuse models currently in existence. These differ in terms of packaging ‘ownership’ and the requirement for the user to leave home to refill/return the packaging: ‘refill at home’, ‘return from home’, ‘refill in store’ and ‘return in store’. 
 
Our exclusive content
  • An in-depth investigation into the reusable and refillable packaging market, including areas of growth, opportunities for the expansion of the market and the challenges the market will face
  • The global refillable and reusable packaging market is divided into three distinct market segments in this report. There are very different market dynamics, market sizes and market growth rates displayed by each of the three market segments. 
 
What will you discover?
  • The mature business-to-consumer refillable and reusable packaging market is large, well established and is growing at a relatively low rate. This segment includes mainly recovered glass bottles, which are used to produce new glass bottles; refillable and reusable glass bottles; refillable and reusable PET bottles; and reusable water bottles made from plastic, metal and glass
  • The business-to-business industrial/transit market reconditioned the packaging market and is also large, mature and growing at a relatively low rate. This segment includes reconditioned steel drums, rigid intermediate bulk containers and plastic drums.  
 
The Smithers methodology This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of targeted interviews with material suppliers, converters and experts drawn from key markets. This was supported by secondary research in the form of extensive literature analysis of published data, official government statistics, domestic and international trade organisation data, company websites, industry reports, trade press articles, presentations, and attendance at trade events.  
 
  • Who should buy this report?
    Materials suppliers
  • Refillable and reusable packaging manufacturers
  • Packaging raw material suppliers
  • Packaging manufacturing equipment suppliers
  • Analysts and consultants 
 
About the author David Platt is a freelance business researcher and writer with a broad range of experience in the plastics and packaging industry. He has authored over 50 market reports for Smithers on subjects including global packaging, rigid plastic packaging, PET packaging, flexible packaging, bioplastics, specialty plastics, high-performance packaging film, and pouches, caps & closures. He has participated in consultancy projects and has authored two books for Smithers, and writes for Sustainable Plastics magazine.
 
The Future of Refillable & Reusable Packaging to 2027

Name The Future of Refillable & Reusable Packaging to 2027

Date 18/07/2022

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