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Get a deeper understanding of the different types of plastics and which one is the best fit for your product. We hope this page will help you unpack packaging acronyms, examine the usefulness of different plastics, and determine what characteristics are important in your product packaging.

To do this, we have outlined the advantages and disadvantages of each type of plastic resin used to manufacture our plastic bottles, jars, tubs and pails below.

 

           

 

PETE

HDPE

PVC

LDPE

PP

PS

 

Polyethylene Terephthalate

High Density Polyethylene

Polyvinyl

Chloride

Low Density Polyethylene

Polypropylene

Polystyrene

Properties

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clarity

Clear

Translucent

Clear

Translucent

Translucent

Clear

Rigidity

High

Moderate

High

Low

Moderate

High

Moisture Barrier

Fair – Good

Good – Excellent

Fair

Good

Good – Excellent

Poor – Fair

Oxygen Barrier

Good

Poor

Good

Poor

Poor

Fair

Max Fill Temperature

145°F

160°F

150°F

160°F

212°F

150°F

Impact Resistance

Excellent

Excellent

Good

Excellent

Fair

Poor

Cold Resistance

Good

Excellent

Fair

Excellent

Poor – Fair

Poor

Sunlight Resistance

Good

Fair

Poor – Good

Fair

Fair

Poor – Fair

Acid Resistance

Fair

Good

Good

Medium

Good

Medium

Alcohol Resistance

Good

Good

Very Good

Good

Good

Fair

Alkalis Resistance

Poor

Very Good

Good

Very Good

Very Good

Good

Solvent Resistance

Good

Poor

Good

Poor

Poor

Poor

This information has been provided as only a relative comparison of plastic resins and should not be the determining factor for the type of material your product will be packaged in. Product testing is the only definitive determination of compatibility – furthermore, product testing is the buyer’s responsibility. Please click on the following ink for more information on Burch Bottle’s Sample Request Policy.