India has imposed a ban on the use of single-use plastics from July 1st on items ranging from straws to disposable cutlery to reduce the problems caused by plastic waste. For the first stage, the government has identified 19 plastic items such as earbuds, plastic sticks for balloons, straws, cigarette packets, packaging films, plastic flags, candy sticks, etc. These plastic items have a high potential to become litter and the new ban makes it illegal to produce, import, stock, distribute or sell them. This has opened a huge market for biodegradable products and hence aspiring entrepreneurs are in search of biodegradable products business ideas that can replace single-use plastic items. The biodegradable products market has grown exponentially over the last 5 years as consumers are adopting a sustainable lifestyle by using organic and biodegradable products. Plenty of countries are now promoting biodegradable products as alternatives to plastic items. Read this blog to get to know the top 10 biodegradable products business ideas.
Top 10 Biodegradable Products Manufacturing Business Idea:
1) Biodegradable Plastic Bags:
Every year we use 5 trillion plastic bags which end up in landfills and oceans. Biodegradable plastic bags will be composed of bio-plastics that can be decomposed very quickly. Biodegradable plastic bags are mainly used as shopping bags, garbage bags, in food packaging, textiles, to carry fruits and vegetables, etc. They reduce dependence on fossil fuel-based plastics and they play a vital role in reducing carbon footprint. Strict regulations of government towards reducing plastic usage are identified as the major market driver of biodegradable plastic bags. The global biodegradable plastic bag market is projected to reach USD 8.6 billion by 2026.
2) Wheat and Bamboo Straws:
Plastic straws are lightweight and hence once they are discarded, they will be easily blown away and enter water bodies and oceans. They are extremely dangerous to marine wildlife. Hence wheat straws, bamboo straws and other biodegradable straws are gaining popularity. Wheat straws are made from the stem of the wheat plant and they are non-toxic, soggy-free, and biodegradable. They are perfect for both hot and cold drinks. The global bamboo straw market is projected to reach USD 1 billion by 2028. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing grass widely cultivated in tropical countries and hence there will be no scarcity of bamboo in India. The major advantages of bamboo straws are they are durable, reusable, robust, and have no sharp edges which make them safe for children.
3) Beeswax Food Wraps:
Beeswax food wraps are used as replacements for plastic wraps and they are mainly used to wrap cheese, sandwiches, burgers, rolls, shawarma, fruits, and vegetables. Beeswax food wrap is very flexible and they are made of fabric coated with a layer of food-grade beeswax, rosin (a form of plant resin), and coconut oil. These wraps can last up to 150 to 200 uses if it is handled carefully. In some countries already some quick-service restaurants are using beeswax food wraps to serve burgers, sandwiches, and other snacks. As India has banned plastic wrapping and packing films around sweet boxes, it will propel the growth of the market share of beeswax food wraps.
4) Edible Cutlery:
Plastic cutleries are mostly used in parties, picnics, and hotels. Most plastic cutleries such as spoons, forks, plates, and cups end up in landfills and take decades to decompose. Now, most hotels and restaurants are providing edible spoons and forks while parceling the food. This not only reduces plastic waste but also brings popularity to hotels using them. This has created a huge demand for edible cutleries all over the world. Corn, rice bran, and wheat bran are used as raw materials to manufacture edible cutlery products. Entrepreneurs can also look for other types of biodegradable cutlery products made of areca nut, cardboard, and husk which are more cost-effective compared to edible cutlery.
5) Bamboo Toothbrush and towel:
The toothbrush has a humongous market as every human being uses it. They need to be replaced every few months as they are disposable items. Bamboo toothbrush solves a major problem as plastic toothbrushes take 400 years to decompose and burning them release toxic chemicals. The bamboo toothbrush market size was valued at USD 26 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 47 million by 2027. As bamboo is one of the fastest growing grass and is easily found in tropical regions, Indian manufacturers have abundant availability of bamboo to use as a raw material. Entrepreneurs can also manufacture bamboo fiber towels which are either made from a combination of cotton and bamboo yarn or purely from bamboo yarn. These towels are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and they are better absorbents compared to cotton towels.
6) Biodegradable Packaging:
The global biodegradable packaging market is projected to reach USD 37,919.7 million by 2028. Biodegradable packaging is used in various industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, home care, cosmetics, and beverage industries. Biodegradable polymers used for packaging are polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), polylactic acid (PLA), starch, cellulose, etc. PLA is mainly used in the food and beverage industry as a packaging material due to its high strength, versatility, and recyclable properties. Biodegradable packaging comprising corrugated and boxboard materials is expected to be the fastest-growing product type in the future.
7) Biodegradable Alternatives To Plastic Bottles:
Corn, bagasse, barley, wheat and mushroom roots can be used to create bioplastics which are also called as plant-based plastics can be used to manufacture water bottles. Clay water bottles and bottles made from stainless steel, aluminum and glass also have good demand in the market. Consumers are opting aluminum and stainless steel bottles as they are very durable and last life long. The major advantages of clay water bottles are they keep the water cool and stocked with minerals and electromagnetic energy of the earth that heals our body.
8) Bioplastics: Biodegradable Alternatives To Plastic
The global bioplastics market size was USD 6 billion in 2020 and is expected to touch USD 17 billion by 2030. Plant-based plastics also known as bioplastics are considered as green alternatives to fossil fuel-based plastic. Bioplastics are mainly used in packaging applications such as food & beverage packaging, household care products, personal care packaging, films & sheets, etc. Starch blends, Polybutylene Succinate (PBS), Polybutylene Adipate Terephthalate (PBAT), PE, PLA and PET are some of the main bioplastics used for packaging. Bioplastics are also used to manufacture bottles and containers to pack foods. The production of bioplastic requires 65% less energy compared to normal plastic and it has the potential to reduce 30-70% of carbon dioxide emissions.
9) Wood Hangers:
Wood hangers do not bend over time like plastic hangers and they are ideal for keeping the clothes intact and do not break under the sigh of heavier jackets, sweaters, coats, etc. Clothes put on plastic hangers are prone to slide. The hanger market is projected to reach USD 3,500 million by 2028. As hangers are an essential domestic commodity that has penetrated into almost every section of society, there is a huge demand for hangers all over the world. Additionally, hangers are also used by the retail sector in clothes shops.
10) Shampoo Bars To Cut Down Numerous Plastic Sachets:
Lakhs of shampoo sachets are thrown away every day in India. The best way to reduce the use of plastic sachets is to replace them with shampoo bars. Some shampoo bars available in the market have minimal packaging and are covered with degradable paper. A shampoo bar is the solidified form of liquid shampoo and these bars are categorized into glycerin-based, cold-processed and solid-surfactant based on pH content. The cold processed bars tend to have high pH while the solid surfactant has a balanced pH. The market for shampoo bars at the global level was valued at USD 11 million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 19 million by 2026.
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