US demand for degradable plastics is forecast to rise 16.6 percent annually through 2014, driven by interest in environmentally friendly products. Polylactic acid (PLA) and starch-based plastics will remain the dominant types and see strong growth. Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) will be the fastest growing type from a small base.
This study analyzes the 151 million pound US degradable plastic industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 1999, 2004 and 2009, and forecasts for 2014 and 2019 by type (e.g., polyactic acid, starch-based plastics, cellulose films, petroleum-based degradable plastics), product (e.g., film, molded goods) and market (packaging, nonpackaging).
The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 36 industry players, including Innovia Films, NatureWorks and Novamont.