There are various packaging options in the market, but one of the most commonly used packaging material is polyethylene. It is the most durable type of plastic available today owing to its properties of chemically resistant and low in cost. Polyethylene or PE is derived from petroleum polymers and can survive any environmental hazards. Let us look at the eight advantages of using polyethylene packaging.
1) Enhanced Protection
Polyethylene is leakage proof which means it does not allow water vapor to pass through it. It can be heat sealed, this means the plastic can be wrapped around the product and secured with an airtight seal. Electronic companies use PE for their electronic components as it gives protection from moisture and tampering.
2) Highly Adaptable
Polyethylene is highly versatile and customizable. Along with the protection, it offers a great advertising option to suit the product making it very adaptable. It offers different thickness and clarities as well as various designer colors for a more customized option.
3) Extremely Lightweight
PE is light and doesn’t require much storage space. Due to this, it is easy to transport, thereby reducing the carbon footprint during transportation.
Along with moisture barrier, High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) a type of PE is a low cost, easy to process and an opaque packaging product. Shampoo and oil bottles, household cleaning bottle, flower pots, drums are all made from HDPE and offer opaque containers for marketing appeal.
PE is durable and resistant to external influences to ensure the content is well-preserved. HDPE a type of PE is puncture resistant, tear resistant and lower in stretching. A common example of this material is grocery bags, trash bags, retail packaging bags, and packaging films.
6) Excellent Rigidity
Derived from Polyethylene, Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) offers excellent rigidity than other forms of plastic. It maintains a firm protective structure and exhibits excellent moisture resistant properties. The best examples of these are PET bottles, cooking oil bottles, milk cartons, and most of the bottled caps.
7) Superior Flexibility
Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) another form of PET is A highly flexible material and is used for primary products across the globe. The material is soft, puncture resistant, high in clarity, heat seal-able and thus proves to be right for packaging.
Most of the poly bags used to wrap products, tubing, and packaging of auto parts and tools are all made from LDPE. Thicker poly bags are used to package nails, knives, and a variety of other sharp objects.
8) Easily Recyclable
Plastic bags are easily recyclable and require lesser energy to produce in comparison to other packaging materials. It also generates 80% lesser solid waste than paper.