Barriers to the Development of Compostable Packaging in the Food Sector Against the Background of the Circular Economy: The Case of Poland

Lukasz Marzantowicz, Beata Wieteska-Rosiak
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXIV, Issue 4B, 29-42, 2021
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/2620


Purpose: The aim of the article is to identify the main barriers determining the low share of compostable food packaging in the circular economy in the country. Methodology: The IDI - Individual In-depth Interview method was conducted among stakeholders of the supply chain of compostable packaging in the food sector. The private sector, public sector, users and the non-profit sector were studied. Findings: From the obtained series of responses, those concerning the identification of barriers to the development of the compostable packaging market in the food sector were selected. Using the methods of induction and deduction, the catalog of these barriers was determined, the sources of their origin were indicated and their impact on the development of the market was shown. A particular focus for the analysis of the results was their reference to the postulates of the circular economy as the research background.. Practical Implications: The analysis of the research results provided knowledge and allowed to identify problem areas in the functioning of the compostable packaging market, supply chains and the circular economy, taking into account all stakeholders of the circular economy. Further directions of research and development in the presented problem were indicated. Originality/Value: Original research.

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