Choosing Affordable Plastic Container for Packaging II

Update:17 Jul 2018

Labels and printing on your packaging serve an importan […]

Labels and printing on your packaging serve an important marketing need. They not only can catch the eye of your customers, but they provide important information about your product. Recently, any of the plastic container can be labeled or printed.

There are several different plastics used in food grade plastic container. As a plastic food container manufacturer, we mainly manufacture with the following plastic resins: HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene), Polypropylene, LDPE (Low Density Poly Ethylene), PP, and PET.

Many of the plastic containers we manufacture are made from HDPE. It is one of the most common plastics used in manufacturing, HDPE is known for its durability and strength. While not as clear as other plastics, HDPE containers are translucent and you are able to see your product inside the container. The thicker or heavier the container, the less clarity the container have. HDPE plastic containers also are able to withstand colder and freezing temperatures very well (-100℉) and higher temperatures moderately well (near 190℉). We are also able to produce HDPE plastic containers in different colors.

We also manufacture several containers from Polypropylene. There are a few distinct differences between PP and HDPE. Polypropylene containers are a contact clear, so even though the container appears to be cloudy, when the container is filled, your product is easily seen. Another benefit of Polypropylene bottles is that they are able to withstand high temperatures(up near 240℉), making plastic containers made from PP ideal for hot-filling.

We stock polypropylene containers for sauces and other items that may need to be hot-filled. Polypropylene is less suitable for freezing temperatures where it can become brittle. However, there are additives that can be added to polypropylene to make it able to withstand freezing temperatures and we stock a wide range of freezer grade polypropylene containers.

The main benefit of low density polyethylene plastic containers is that they are squeezable, making them ideal for condiments, honey, and lotions. LDPE plastic containers tend to have slightly better clarity than HDPE. Plastic containers made from LDPE are strong and have very good impact resistance. LDPE can also withstand cold temperatures very well but are not ideal for hot-filled applications.

One of the most common plastics used in the food industry is PET or PETE. PET containers are as clear as glass and are often used to help people see your product. PET containers do not have as high of temperature resistance (less than 120℉) as HDPE and PP and are not suitable for hot-fill applications without being specifically made for hot-fill by way of additives. It also can only handle cold temperatures to about -40℉. As a distributor, we do stock several PET plastic containers in a variety of sizes.