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Molded pulp packaging expected to grow to $4.3 billion

Posted on: June 2nd, 2020

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According to Global Market Insights Inc., a market research and consulting service provider based in Delaware, U.S., the global molded pulp packaging market is expected to exceed some $4.3 billion by the year 2026.

The exponential growth of the molded pulp packaging market is due to an increase in environmental concerns world-wide, as well as more strict government regulations on plastic production (such as the proposed ban on single use plastics in Canada).

Global Market Insights predicts, “The molded pulp packaging market segment will account for over 25% of the global demand share in 2026.”

The problem with plastic packaging is twofold. One, it wasn’t designed to be biodegradable, therefore, in order to be considered sustainable it must be recycled over and over again. And two, plastic packaging is often not properly recycled, if recycled at all.

According to Supply Chain Solutions Center, “Due to poor product design and lack of political infrastructure, the majority of plastic packaging waste is sent to landfills or disposed of into the environment. 9.2 billion tons of plastic have been produced, of which only 9 percent has been recycled properly. Because plastic isn’t biodegradable, every piece of plastic ever made is still on this planet.”

While molded pulp packaging has been primarily used in poultry (egg containers) and agriculture (easily bruised fruits and vegetables) for their natural shock-absorbing properties, shipping and manufacturing sectors are starting to take notice.

Some of the benefits of molded pulp packaging include:

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