HDPE or High-density polyethylene is one of the most commonly used plastics in the world. Due to its tremendously high versatility, HDPE is currently used to manufacture everything from plastic toys to recycling bins, hard hats to plastic bags and car parts to plant pots.
So, it should come as no surprise that HDPE is also one of the most popular choices for the manufacturing of plastic packaging. In fact, it's so common that you will probably handle some form of HDPE packaging almost every day in the form of shampoo bottles, laundry detergent bottles, soap bottles, sanitiser containers, cleaning sprays, milk jugs and grocery bags.
But why are HDPE containers so popular?
Here are our top 5 reasons why HDPE containers are so popular in the packaging industry:
Strong and Lightweight
HDPE is a robust and extremely lightweight material, something that many industries rely on. Take a 5 litre jerry can for example, weighing just 135 grams yet capable of holding 5 litres of liquid. This weight efficiency is why HDPE is also a leading choice for businesses wanting to save on fuel costs when transporting their goods.
As we mentioned, HDPE is one of the most used plastics in the world. One of, if not the main reason for this is its extreme versatility. HDPE packaging is used for a staggering number of applications across a vast range of industries including foodstuffs, cosmetics, cleaning and janitorial and healthcare.
High Chemical Resistance
HDPE containers are highly resistant to chemicals. This means they are widely used to store and transport a wide range of chemicals that other materials could not safely contain. They are also resistant to both moisture and weathering, so the contents stay safe and uncontaminated.
We know HDPE containers are strong, but they are also impact resistant. If you drop something made from HDPE it will not split or crack, it will bounce.
Due to its easy recyclability, HDPE is a sustainable packaging choice for any business wanting to limit or reduce their impact on the environment. HDPE is widely recycled by most councils in the UK and is accepted by the majority of major recycling companies. You can tell if your packaging is manufactured from HDPE by looking for the number "2" inside the recycling symbol.
You can view our full range of HDPE containers HERE.
And if you’re still wondering if HDPE is the right choice for you, feel free to contact us for more information.
We're always happy to help.