The Future of Single-use Plastic Packaging to 2025

Sustainability has long been an ideal that the plastic industry has striven for; consumers welcome the concept of sustainability, but also want products protected by ‘unsustainable’ packaging. Single-use plastic packaging use is projected at 40.4 million tons in 2020 and is forecast to grow during 2020–2025 at a CAGR of 3.7% to 48.5 million tons in 2025.

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  • Analysis of current and future demand and use for single-use plastic packaging
  • The potential impact of Covid-19 on the single-use plastic packaging market
  • The key market drivers and trends during 2020–2025 that will affect the industry. 
Sustainability has long been an ideal that the plastic industry has striven for; consumers welcome the concept of sustainability, but also want products protected by ‘unsustainable’ packaging. Single-use plastic packaging use is projected at 40.4 million tons in 2020 and is forecast to grow during 2020–2025 at a CAGR of 3.7% to 48.5 million tons in 2025.

The definition of single-use plastic packaging has a narrower scope compared to the EU Directive definitions. Behavioural considerations are not included; e.g., if a plastic can be recycled then it’s not a single-use material. For this report, the general definition of a single-use plastic packaging material is a packaging or container that can’t be readily recycled at a materials recycling plant or easily be dropped off at a public locale for recycling at another facility. 
 
What will you discover?
  • How the single-use plastic packaging market is changing as the idea of sustainability evolves
  • How different regions are responding to the demand for more sustainable packaging
  • The key drivers and trends affecting the single-use plastic packaging market.
Who should buy the report?
  • Packaging converters
  • Packaging manufacturers
  • Raw material suppliers.
The Smithers methodology
This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of interviews with packaging 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.

About the author:
Joseph E. Johnson Ph.D. spent 25 years as a Vice-President and Director at specialty chemicals and instrument companies in the USA, focused on plastics, laminates, inks, paints and 3D printing. He has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, an MBA, and a 6-Sigma Black Belt. Dr Johnson has a passion for continuous improvement, new product and process development, and learning. He applied his technical and marketing knowledge of the plastic, film and HSE (health, safety, and environmental) areas in writing The Future of Single-use Plastic Packaging to 2025. 
The Future of Single-use Plastic Packaging to 2025

Name The Future of Single-use Plastic Packaging to 2025

Date 07/12/2020

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