Mulch Films Market Analysis, Demand Growth, Current Trends

Posted by surendra choudhary on April 1st, 2021

Extensive use of mulch films in the agriculture and horticulture sector is prospering the mulch films market and this growth may continue in the forecast period 2019-2027. Mulch films are widely used on the soil to reduce weed growth and enhance crop yield. They are also used for retaining moisture levels in the soil and protecting the soil from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Mulch films market is classified in organic, anaerobic, colored, polypropene, polyethylene, ground covers and biodegradable based on properties.

  • Manufacturers of the mulch films market are inclining towards eco-friendly solutions by blending soil-biodegradable and compostable plastic. These elements help in decreasing white pollution formed by horticulture and agriculture products. These mulch film types are called biodegradable mulch films. They are prominently made from plant starch, sugars, and polyester fibers. Biodegradable mulch films are sustainable and do not require waste disposal. In addition, biodegradable mulch films also decrease fruit rot and enhance product quality. It is the least harmful product as it contains fewer chemicals. Thus, the booming demand for biodegradable mulch films may prove beneficial for the growth rate of the mulch films market to a great extent.
  • Rising awareness about crop wastage reduction and consistent initiatives by the government to promote advanced technologies in the agriculture sector may propel the mulch films market. In addition, offering superior quality fruits and vegetables to meet the growing needs of the global populace may also strengthen the mulch films market.

Various partnerships and acquisitions also take place in the mulch films market. The acquisition of Clopay Plastic Products Company by Berry Global for expanding its global footprint and to maintain dominance in the mulch films market is a classic instance. Key players in the mulch films market are Exxon Mobil Corp, BioBag International AS, Ginegar Plastic Products Ltd., Berry Global Inc., Novamont S.p.A., and BASF SE

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Mulch Films Market: Multifaceted Advantages Lead to High Adoption

Mulch films are being increasingly used in agriculture and horticulture to modify soil temperature, minimize weed growth, and improve crop yield. There is increasing awareness about mulch films amongst consumers due to advantages such as less investment on weedicides, early harvest of crops, and increase in quantitative output of crops.

Likewise, consumers are using biodegradable mulch films in agriculture and horticulture. Previously used biodegradable mulch films can be left on the soil and plowed, which reduces operational time during crop harvest. Governments across various countries have made regulatory provisions for the adoption of these films, which has been favoring the growth of the mulch films market.

As such, stakeholders are carrying out research and development to improve the thickness, use of pigments, and the exposure to high solar irradiation in mulch films. Ongoing research and development activities in the mulch films market are being made to develop efficient thermal stabilizers with intermediate chemical resistance in these films. Thus, the breakdown of biodegradable elements in the soil provides several benefits for agriculture and horticulture products.

Mulch Films Market: Biopolymer Mulch Films Promote Sustainability

Manufacturers in the mulch films market are developing environment-friendly applications by combining compostable and soil-biodegradable plastic. Compostable polymer with bio-based elements help reduce white pollution created by agriculture and horticulture products, thus reducing environmental footprint. Biopolymer mulch films are also used to manufacture organic waste bags for various agricultural applications.

Biopolymer mulch films serve as an efficient alternative to enable a closed-loop system that aids organic waste collection and prevents littering of conventional mulch films in the soil. The adoption of biopolymer mulch films helps complete the loop of the food-value chain, as such, leaving very little need for the disposal of waste materials in agricultural applications. The end-of-life options for biopolymer mulch films lead to several advantages, such as biodegradability of the soil, and home and industrial compost ability.

The mulch films market also supports the concept of the circular economy. Thin polyethylene (PE) mulch films are used by farmers to increase crop yield. However, while harvesting the crops, it is difficult for farmers to collect PE mulch films, since they are only a few micrometers thick. The adoption of biopolymer mulch films reduces residual waste in the soil. For instance, in May 2019, BASF SE ? a leading German chemical company operating in the mulch films market, announced the launch of ecovio® a high performance compostable and soil-biodegradable plastic used for agricultural and packaging applications.

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Mulch Films Market: Demand for BDM Estimated to Grow Despite High Cost

Although non-biodegradable mulch films dominate the mulch films ecosystem, with a market share of ~72%, conventional polyethylene mulches have certain drawbacks such as environmental stress caused due to traditional disposal of PE mulches. The disposal of PE mulch films also poses as a risk for the release of toxic particles into the environment that are harmful for human health.

Since PE mulch films are less environment-friendly, stakeholders are promoting the use of biodegradable plastic mulch films (BDM) amongst consumers. Biodegradable plastic mulch films offer efficient moisture retention in crops, and reduce labor hours, as the crops can be directly harvested from the land. Although the cost of BDM is higher than conventional polyethylene mulch films, the demand for BDM is estimated to grow in the coming years.

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