According to European Bioplastics’s Oliver Buchholz, global bioplastic production is set to increase by 15% by 2024.
Speaking at AIMPLAS’s International Seminar on Biopolymers and Sustainable Composites, he said that while packaging continues to lead the way, applications in other sectors, including textile, agriculture, automotive and construction, have increased their market share in terms of materials from renewable sources.
However, he also warned that food safety issues could arise if polymers were replaced by materials that are not so strictly regulated and stressed that further research is essential, AIMPLAS said.
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