GVR Report cover Biodegradable Cutlery Market Size, Share & Trend Report

Biodegradable Cutlery Market Size, Share & Trend Analysis Report By Raw Material (Wood, Husk, Paper), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific), And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-912-8
  • Number of Report Pages: 100
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2017 - 2021
  • Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030 
  • Industry: Consumer Goods

Report Overview

The global biodegradable cutlery market size was valued at USD 39.2 million in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.0% from 2023 to 2030. Growing public awareness of the negative consequences linked to non-biodegradable plastic waste is expected to be a key driver of the market during the projected period. Furthermore, several countries plan to outlaw non-biodegradable plastic, using strict laws and policies. The market for biodegradable dinnerware is predicted to increase as a result of these progressive government measures and rising consumer awareness of the negative impacts of non-biodegradable plastic.

U.S. Biodegradable cutlery market size, by raw material, 2020 - 2030 (USD Million) 

Compostable cutleries and tableware are the best alternatives to non-biodegradable plastics and are one of the emerging green businesses. The rising awareness of the adverse effects of non-biodegradable plastic includes severe consequences for aquatic animals. This is one of the major driving factors for the growth of the market. For instance, according to the data provided by the United Nations, more than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year globally. Another global report suggests that there may be more than 5.25 trillion micro and macro plastic pieces present in the ocean already. These adverse effects drive the usage of biodegradable materials.

The market for biodegradable cups and plates is being driven by the growing need for environmentally sustainable, secure, and sustainable tableware as a result of the rise in café, fast food outlets, and restaurants. Environmentally friendly cutlery is a practical alternative that provides the convenience of throwaway plates, cups, and spoons for picnics, weddings, and other occasions without causing an adverse environmental impact.

The cost associated with biodegradable plates, cups, spoons, and fork is higher as compared to the traditional disposables cutleries. This is the key factor hampering the market growth. Moreover, despite several environmental advantages, some biodegradable plastic release greenhouse gases during the decomposition process. This may affect the environment to some extent. These factors are major hurdles to the market growth of degradable plastics.

Raw Material Insights

Husk, wood, bamboo, and bagasse are some of the best materials for manufacturing cutlery. Many companies are carrying out extensive R&D to make biodegradable utensils at an affordable cost. For instance, in March 2019, Green Science Alliance, a chemical company, invented natural biomass made up of paper waste wood, plants, and scrap trees. The material is fully biodegradable and recyclable owing to its natural ingredients. This innovative material will fuel the compostable cutlery market and will generate opportunities in the market.

For the development of affordable biodegradable cutlery, several government entities as well as private players continue to make large investments in R&D. Some of the new entrants in the market are coming up with innovative options such as edible cutlery. For instance, Bakeys Foods Private Limited, an India-based edible cutlery manufacturing startup company launched edible tableware including forks, spoons, and bowls to reduce plastic waste. Such innovations boost the demand as well as increase the awareness of biodegradable utensils.

Regional Insights

Europe was the largest market for biodegradable cutlery with a market share of around 36% in 2022. The market is projected to reach USD 26.14 million by 2030. Many startup companies, as well as major manufacturers of biodegradable utensils, are focused on new product development and innovation in raw materials. For instance, leaf republic gmbh, a Germany-based Startup introduced an entire set of leaf tableware. The product is manufactured from leaves, and leaf-made paper with no synthetic additives, coloring, and any type of glue. These products are biodegradable within 28 days after use. This innovative product launch is anticipated to fuel the market over the forecast period.

Global biodegradable cutlery market share, by region, 2022 (%)

Asia Pacific is projected to become the fastest-growing region owing to the increasing number of restaurants, and food joints and stringent regulations mandating plastic bans by the government of various countries such as China, India, and Australia. Furthermore, China, Japan, and some eastern countries have a tradition of using wooden cutlery such as Chopsticks. This tradition increases the scope of biodegradable utensils in the region. Startup companies are launching new innovative products to gain a competitive edge in the market. This will provide a boost to the demand for compostable cutlery in the region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The manufacturers are adopting several strategic steps, including technological innovation extensive R&D for the innovative raw material, and new product launches. For instance, in February 2019, Huhtamäki Oyj launched eco-friendly and biodegradable high-quality paper straws. The straw material is made up of natural fiber originating from paper waste. The straws are certified for food safety in the U.S., Europe, and China. Key manufacturers in the industry are Huhtamäki Oyj; Biotrem; BIOPAK; BETTER EARTH LLC; vegware; Pactiv LLC; Eco Guardian; Genpak, LLC; Bionatic GmbH & Co. KG; and GreenGood USA.

To achieve the highest levels of technological adoption and customer reach, major producers are expanding their geographic footprint, particularly in developed nations. The key to success over the coming years will be the formation of R&D centers along with strategic alliances with investment firms to provide new creative technologies in response to regional consumer demand. Considering the aforementioned factors, companies are likely to concentrate on technological innovation aimed toward developing countries and developing markets to capture the largest possible market share.Some prominent players in the global biodegradable cutlery market include:

  • Huhtamäki Oyj

  • Biotrem


  • Vegware

  • Pactiv LLC

  • Eco Guardian

  • Genpak, LLC

  • Bionatic GmbH & Co. KG

  • GreenGood USA

Biodegradable Cutlery Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 41.5 million

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 71.1 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.0% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million, CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends

Segments covered

Raw material, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; China; India; Japan; Brazil; South Africa

Key companies profiled

Huhtamäki Oyj; Biotrem; BIOPAK; BETTER EARTH LLC; vegware; Pactiv LLC; Eco Guardian; Genpak, LLC; Bionatic GmbH & Co. KG; GreenGood USA.

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Global Biodegradable Cutlery Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global biodegradable cutlery market report based on raw material and region:

Global Biodegradable Cutlery Market Report Segmentation

  • Raw Material Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • Wood

    • Husk

    • Paper

    • Plastic

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

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