Guide to Plastics
Types of Plastics
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles are often clear, but can be dyed different colors, such as green, amber and blue. These are typically used in food and beverage bottles, have a high impact resistance level.
HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic bottles are known for their strength and versatility. Natural, a frosted translucent finish (much like milk jugs) is HDPE’s clearest state. It has fairly good impact and chemical resistance.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic bottles are often clear, usually with a streaky finish. These containers have a fairly good chemical resistance and can be durable for long periods of time. Certain containers are also excellent for hot fill applications.
LDPE (low-density polyethylene) plastic bottles are known for their squeezable and malleable feel, which works well for droppers and dispensing applications. Natural, a frosted translucent finish (much like milk jugs) is LDPE’s clearest state. LDPE containers tend to be fairly tough to break.
PP (polypropylene) plastic bottles are a versatile plastic used in many industries. They feature good chemical and impact resistance. Some PP bottles can be used for hot fill applications due to its high temperature tolerance.
PS (polystryrene) plastic bottles are clear and inflexible plastic. They also have low impact resistance. PS bottles are commonly used in mass produced products such as disposable containers and cutlery.
OTHER Plastic Bottles ♹
Other covers other plastics such as polylactic acid, acrylic, polycarbonate, nylon, and mixtures of different plastics.
Types of Plastic Conditions
The same product and structure, restored to function as the same use Ex: Reconditioned drums and IBCs.
Product is made up of ground up plastic that has been used previously, then ground up and made into something entirely new. This will almost always be black. Ex: Regrind pails and paint cans.
Created with new and previously unused resin. This is the only type that can be FDA Approved for food contact. Ex: All PET bottles with food items in supermarkets.
Important Information: This information has been provided as a general guide. It is the customer’s responsibility to select the proper container for product and application compatibility.