Water-soluble packaging to hit USD 5,340-mn by 2032

The global water-soluble packaging market size was at USD 3,020-million in 2022 to hit approximately USD 5,340-million by 2032, registered at 5.9% CAGR projected between 2023 and 2032. A report by Towards Packaging highlights the shift towards eco-friendly solutions with water-soluble packaging

22 Dec 2023 | By Abhay Avadhani

Transformative shift towards eco-friendly solutions with water-soluble packaging

The global water-soluble packaging market is expected to reach around USD 4,460-million by 2029. Water-soluble packaging is a packaging material that can disintegrate or dissolve in water; it is also known as biodegradable packaging. These materials are designed to break down when they encounter water, leaving little to no residue behind. This type of packaging is often used for various purposes, including environmental sustainability and convenience.

Water-soluble packaging has emerged as a solution poised to reduce plastic waste and pollution. These films, crafted from biodegradable polymers or other natural materials, are designed to break down harmlessly when exposed to water or moisture, presenting an antidote to the environmental challenges posed by traditional packaging materials.

By 2025, the total amount of solid trash is anticipated to reach 2.2-billion tonnes yearly. Utilising packaging materials that are neither renewable nor biodegradable might harm the environment. Additionally, as consumers' knowledge of environmental and health concerns has grown over the past few decades, there has been a demand for safe, healthful foods that use as little chemical, synthetic, or plastic-based input as possible.

The water-soluble packaging has an ability to dissolve or disintegrate when immersed in water. One notable application is in single-use items, exemplified by detergent packets that dissolve in the washing machine during use. This simplifies the laundry process and eliminates the need to dispose of traditional plastic packaging, contributing to a cleaner environment.

For Instance, In Feb 2022, Water Soluble PVA Replacement for Plastics was launched by Bioplastics International. Bioplastics International has introduced a water-soluble substitute for petroleum-based plastics to reduce plastic trash entering the oceans.

The packaging dissolves upon application, integrating with the soil and eliminating the burden of unwrapping and disposing of conventional fertiliser packaging. This not only streamlines agricultural practices but also aligns with sustainable farming principles.

Water-soluble packaging for food products can eliminate the need for traditional wrappers. Consumers can place the water-soluble packaged food into hot water, dissolving the packaging and revealing the untouched product. This not only enhances the consumer experience but also contributes to a reduction in overall packaging waste.

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