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Plastic Packaging Products

Every day our lives are touched by plastic packaging products. These are some of the more common packaging products organized according to their plastic type.

PET (polyethylene terphthalate) beverage containers, food containers, boil-in food pouches, processed meat packages.

HDPE (high density polyethylene) milk bottles, cereal box liners, detergent bottles, oil bottles, margarine tubs, toys, plastic bags.

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) food wrap, vegetable oil bottles, blister packaging.

LDPE (low density polyethylene) shrink-wrap, plastic bags, garment bags, dry cleaning bags, squeezable food bottles.

PP (polypropylene) margarine and yogurt containers, caps for containers, wrapping to replace cellophane, medicine bottles.

PS (polystyrene) egg cartons, fast food trays, disposable plastic silverware, cups, compact disc jackets.

To assist recycling of disposable items, the Plastic Bottle Institute of the Society of the Plastics Industry devised the now-familiar scheme to mark plastic bottles by plastic type. A recyclable plastic container using this scheme is marked with a triangle with three "chasing arrows" inside of it, which enclose a number giving the plastic type: PETE, HDPE, PVC, LDPE, PP, PS, and OTHER. Click here for a listing of recycle codes.

  • Polypropylene is similar in appearance to cellophane but is a plastic rather than paper based material. It provides a highly protective barrier against moisture and vapor and delays evaporation and dehydration to preserve freshness and taste of packaged food. It is less expensive and more flexible than cellophane.
  • The resealable strip is already attached for convenience - just peel and seal.
  • Smaller sizes are ideal for card bags and larger sizes are designed for clothing display e.g. t-shirts and shirts.
  • Two small punch holes near the bottom allow air to escape for neat packing.
  • 150 gauge or 38 microns thickness is extremely tough and hard wearing. Please refer to the film thickness guide for further information on film thickness.
  • Size specification: The first measurement gives the opening/width of the poly prop bag unopened/unfilled.
  • Size specification: The second measurement gives the height/length of the polyprop bag.
  • Size specification: The third dimension gives the flap size of the polyprop bag.