BOTTLES.COM GUIDE TO PLASTIC BOTTLE RESINS



Many factors come into play when selecting a plastic bottle material.
Your choice might be determined by whether you want the bottle to be:

We have listed below a table illustrating these properties for the standard plastic bottle materials which we offer.

Bottle Materials

Material

Clarity

O2

CO2

Flexural
Modulus
x 103

Impact
Strength

Maximum
Hot Fill
(Fo)

Minimum
Tolerance
(Brittleness)
Co

Density
g/cc

LDPE

P

9,500

42,000

50

G

150o

-100o

0.92

HDPE

P

4,000

18,000

150

G

190o

-100o

0.96

PP

P

3,500

7,000

200

F

200o

0o

0.91

PS(Styrene)

E

5,000

16,700

400

P

150o

 

1.05

PVC

G

150

380

300

F

140o

30o

1.35

PET

E

75

540

450

G

120o

-40o

1.36

           
           
           

 

 

 

 



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recycling symbols for plastic bottles


PET - Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET is the material typically used for water bottles, soda bottles, and cosmetics.
PET has glass like clarity. Bottles.com offers PET bottles in amber, green and cobalt blue. When color is added to the material the bottles exhibit a glass like translucency.
PET  is a strong material which exhibits very good impact strength -- meaning: you can drop it and it wont shatter.
PET is a good choice for oils and alcohols. It is NOT RECOMMENED for solvent based products.
PET material is commonly recycled into polyester fiberfill.

HDPE - High Density Polyethylene

HDPE is the material typically used for Gallon Milk Jugs and Bleach Bottles.
HDPE is translucent in its natural state (when produced without color added). When produced in white the bottles are opaque with a matte finish.HDPE  is flexible and is commonly used for personal care products, as well as pharmaceutical and chemical products.
HDPE is a strong material which has very good impact strength and  very good stress crack resistance.
HDPE is NOT RECOMMENED for solvent based products.
HDPE is commonly recycled into a variety of products.

PVC -  Polyvinyl Chloride

PVC is a clear material which has widely been replaced by PET which offers superior qualities without the environmental issues found with PVC.

PP - Polypropylene

PP is found on Bottles.com in our line of spice jars and white jars.
PP is translucent in its natural state (when produced without color added). PP yields a "contact clarity" which is to say the clarity improves when there is product inside the bottle.
When produced with white color added PP is opaque and has a glossy finish.
PP is a good choice for applications that require high temperatures in excess of 200 F such as autoclaving.

PS - Polystyrene

PS  is a clear material that is commonly found in molded jars.
PS is rigid and inexpensive but has poor impact strength -- meaning: it will shatter when dropped from a height.

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