The latest developing trends in the packaging industry will relate to material solutions that fit into the circular economy, both in the area of reusable and recyclable plastics, as well as in the area of bioplastics, which in some packaging segments are an alternative to classical plastics made from non-renewable raw materials. According to European Bioplastics Report (Link) packaging is found as the largest market segment for bioplastics with more than 53 percent (1.14 million tonnes) of the total bioplastics market in 2019. Besides packaging, bioplastics and biopolymers are used in various end-use industries such as consumer goods, automotive & transportation, agriculture & horticulture, and textile, among others.
The biodegradable packaging market is driven primarily by two factors. First of all, the increase in consumer awareness of the environmental impact of packaging. Customers also desire to replace packaging materials with alternatives with a lower carbon footprint or made from renewable sources.
The packaging market in Poland and in the global world is characterized by the dynamic development, which constitutes its significant role in economic development and creating competitive advantages. The key direction in the advancement of innovative packaging is the specific design. The design follows the principles of sustainable development and takes into account the assumption of cooperation in the integrated value chains. The main idea is to start from very origin of the raw material, then design the technological eco-process of production up until the finished product, which is accustomed to both customers’ needs and the principles of post-consumer use as a secondary raw material The development of this sector is closely related to the implementation of systemic, legislative and educational activities as well as the implementation of the eco-design process. An important role in this respect may be played by the expansion of the circular bioeconomy sector, which uses biological resources, in particular waste from various industries (e.g. agr-food; wood and forestry; poultry) and municipal waste.
The development of bio-packaging that meets the market requirements of balancing their characteristics and costs in comparison to classic plastics is a great challenge and requires the creation of appropriate conditions for the facilitation of cooperation between various stakeholders and the creation of acceleration initiatives to stimulate them. Association Bioeconomy Cluster in cooperation with The Institute of Innovation and Responsible Development INNOWO encourage and invite to further increase the matchmaking effort in the area of creation of bio- circularity value chains for bio-packages.
The mission of Association Bioeconomy Cluster is primarily to create a common platform for dialogue and cooperation for the scientific community and entrepreneurship in the broadly understood bioeconomy. The foundation of the Association was the need to integrate and concentrate the scientific community and entrepreneurs operating in the field of bioeconomy, with particular emphasis on its cross-sectoral impact, covering the basic pillars of cooperation, i.e. innovation, education, entrepreneurship development and social communication (https:// http://www.klasterbio.pl/)
Association Bioeconomy Cluster : Danuta Ciechańska , Vice president
The Institute of Innovation and Responsible Development INNOWO is a non-governmental organization, implemented the circular economy concept provides an opportunity to radically modify the current economic model and disseminated of this concept in theory and practice among all stakeholders – consumers, producers and regulators ( https://www.innowo.org/)
INNOWO : Agnieszka Sznyk , President
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