Single-use plastic packaging in the context of this study refers the packaging products and food/drink delivery formats that are widely used at the consumer level. The wider scope of this study encompasses plastic retail packaging in both flexible and rigid packaging formats which in some cases overlap with the EC’s segmentation. In this instance, the application will be absorbed into the wider segment and will be further sub-segmented. The polymers covered will be determined by the application.
Application and format scope
For the purpose of this study, the market will be segmented into these major applications:
- Plastic disposables:
- Food containers
- Cups and lids
- Retail packaging
- Rigid plastic packaging
- Bottles & Closures
- Thin wall packaging
- Flexible plastic packaging
- Bags, pouches and wrappers
- Lidding film
- Other single-use items
Within rigid retail packaging application, AMI Consulting analyses the demand from the angle of packaging size. To this end, a further format segmentation is provided:
- Single portion (single-use) formats
- Multi portion (multi-use) formats, encompassing multipacks and family-size formats.
The demand for packaging application above is segmented into the relevant polymers currently used in the packaging industry:
- Other relevant (including recyclate)
The report contextualises other non-polymeric materials impacting the demand for plastics. The report provides detailed analysis of opportunities where recyclate and bio-resins will gain traction in the future.
The report provides data in tonnes on the following years:
- Past: 2013
- Present: 2018, 2019e
- Future: 2023