There are two main types of plastic: thermoset or thermosetting plastics, and thermoplastics. Thermosetting plastics include those made for auto parts, tires, aircraft parts, and other hard and durable items that cannot return to their original form. Thermoplastics include plastic films and packaging materials, and can return to their original form through heat. Below, get the basics on different types of thermoplastics often used for packaging materials.
- Polyethylene terephthalate (PET/PETE) is a type of plastic commonly used for beverages, such as water bottles or soda bottles. PET is easily recycled.
- Recycled PET (RPET) is PET plastic that has been recycled and processed into “PET flakes,” which can then be transformed into clothing, pillows or packaging.
- Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is often used for plastic bags, trays and general purpose containers, six pack rings, and plastic wraps.
- Polystyrene (Styrofoam) is best known for its strong insulation and cushioning properties, making it common in beverage cups, temperature-sensitive shipping containers, food trays and containers, and loose fill packaging.
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a strong, durable plastic used for a wide variety of items, from pipes to toys to blister packaging. However, because it is oil-based and difficult to break down after disposal, PVC is known to be environmentally unfriendly and potentially toxic.
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