Is A Plastic Container The Right Choice For You?

With a wide selection of shapes and sizes, plastic containers can be a great choice.  They are resistant to damage and often more affordable than other packaging choices.  However, not all products are compatible with plastics.  Here are brief descriptions of the different types of plastic material available:

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

High Density Polyethylene is a strong material. It offers impact resistance and can be handled without damage or defect. A clear bottle is not made in the HDPE material. Although it is excellent for water based chemicals and compounds, it is not recommended for petroleum or solvent based products.

Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

Low Density Polyethylene provides a soft sided but durable container. It can be squeezed and has good memory without stress cracking but is less resistant to chemicals, gases and odor deterioration. It does not tolerate high temperatures.

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

PET is FDA approved for all food types. PET has superior clarity and is up to 85% lighter than glass containers. It is shatterproof and has an excellent oxygen and moisture barrier with a good solvent resistance.

Polypropylene (PP)

Polypropylene is recommended for products that are non-solvent based with packaging demands that require strong color clarity.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Polyvinyl Chloride has been developed to withstand heat and strength without an increase in weight. PVC offers good clarity, a wide variety of bright dense colors and excellent solvent resistance. PVC is recommended for products containing alcohols and oils.

Polystyrene (PS)

Polystyrene is a material recommended for applications around heat, including heat filling, as it can withstand temperatures up to 180ºF.


Bottle Solutions assumes no responsibility for product and container/closure compatibility.  It is the sole responsibility of the customer to select containers and closures that are suitable for intended use.  Customers are encouraged to research their products for suitability with packaging choices, and conduct product testing to confirm compatibility.