If you look around your home or business, you’ll find that plastic bottles are practically everywhere you turn.
They are in your kitchen, your bathroom, your shower, your garage, your office, and on nearly every aisle of grocery and retail stores around the globe.
Available in all different sizes, shapes, styles, colors and even plastic types, plastic bottles have a wide range of uses in all industries.
One of the most important decisions in purchasing plastic bottles is to know what type of plastic is best for your application. There are seven main plastic types: PET, HDPE, LDPE, PVC, PP, PS and “other.”
Let’s take a look at each type and its most commonly used applications:
PET is in the polyester family and is commonly used in beverage, food and other liquid containers. It is semi-rigid to rigid and is extremely lightweight. Some of the most common uses are cooking oil bottles, peanut butter jars, alcohol beverage bottles, soft drink bottles and containers for products containing essential oils.
HDPE is High-Density Polyethylene and is harder and more opaque than low-density. Its common uses include: milk jugs, distilled water bottles, liquid laundry soap and fabric softener bottles, motor oil containers, bleach and lotion bottles.
PVC, or Polyvinyl Chloride bottles, require less petroleum than other plastics and is biologically and chemically resistant. It is the third-most widely used plastic after PET and PP. Some of its most common uses include: chemical spray bottles and automotive fuel additive bottles.
LDPE is Low-Density Polyethylene and is flexible, tough and almost unbreakable. It is commonly used for food storage containers and squeezable bottles.
PP, or Polypropylene, is commonly used for food packaging. It is less flexible than LDPE, reasonably priced and can be translucent, opaque or any color. Some of its common uses include: dairy bottles, bottle caps, drinking straws and food packaging.
Polystyrene, or PS, is made from petroleum and can be cast into molds with great detail. It is commonly used for bottle caps, yogurt containers, vitamin bottles and a variety of carryout food containers.
Some of the factors to consider when choosing a plastic bottle include: the plastic’s permeation, chemical resistance, stress crack resistance, rigidity/flexibility, impact resistance, sterilization, recyclability, and temperature resistance. Each product is unique, so be sure to test your product with the packaging prior to ordering a truckload.
If you’re uncertain which is best for your application, then contact us to speak with a plastics packaging representative today.
Once you have determined the type of plastic that is best suited of your project or product, browse the myriad of plastic bottle sizes and shapes to find the perfect plastic bottle for your needs.
Finding the plastic bottle that optimizes the dispensing of your product is typically the most critical functional consideration. Selecting a container that will be visually appealing to your customers will ensure that your product will stand out against the competition.
Should you have any questions about the plastic bottles that are right for your application, you can contact our packaging professionals at Packaging Options Direct by calling customer service at 1-855-754-3728 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm CST, Monday thru Friday.
We look forward to hearing from you and to being your one-stop resource for all your packaging needs.