Our Materials – Food Packaging
A guide to identifying plastics
The information below can assist you in deciding what type of plastic will best fit your needs. Our knowledgeable sales team looks forward to answering any questions you may have, so contact us today!
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE)
PETE’s high clarity and gloss add consumer appeal, with no odor or taste transmission. Excellent stiffness and strength add impact-resistance. PETE is an excellent water and moisture barrier, making it ideal for food packaging. It’s typically used in soft drink and water bottles, produce containers, bakery clamshells and fresh food packaging.
Virgin PETE (APET)
Virgin PETE with high clarity offers excellent stiffness and strength for product protection. It is FDA accepted for food packaging. APET also has excellent recyclability, with a 100% trim scrap recovery.
Recycled PETE (RPET)
RPET is environmentally responsible material with 25%-100% post-consumer or post-industrial content. It has very good clarity, strength, purity and formability. RPET is excellent for recycled-content packaging. It’s an economical option, with excellent supply infrastructure. RPET also has excellent recyclability, with a 100% trim scrap recovery.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Often used for milk jugs, high-density polyethylene is an ideal choice for many packages. HDPE offers superior toughness, impact resistance, and low-temperature impact properties. HDPE enhances packaging designs requiring hinged features. It will fold easily without cracking or tearing, and its excellent memory allows the hinge to withstand repeated use. HDPE is FDA accepted for food contact and is an excellent option for hinged applications. It is chemical resistant, with excellent low-temperature performance and recyclability. HDPE available in custom colors, and matte, gloss or textured finishes.
Polypropylene has high chemical resistance, heat resistance, and toughness, ideal for demanding applications. An excellent option for prepared foods and portion-controlled packaging; it can be flash-frozen or hot-filled. Polypropylene can be used for printed graphics. Polypropylene’s inherent pliability makes it a natural for hinged packaging. Polypropylene is tough, chemical resistant and has a good impact resistance. It’s FDA accepted, with a moisture barrier that’s perfect for flash-freeze or hot-fill applications. It’s also microwaveable and dishwasher safe.
Polystyrene is a workhorse thermoplastic perfect for many packaging and industrial plastic part applications.
High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)
HIPS is an economic sheet that forms and die-cuts easily. A wide processing window allows fast, efficient production and minimal scrap rates. It is naturally translucent, but is available in many custom colors and textures. HIPS also has multi-layer capabilities for added gloss and surface options or increased barrier protection. It’s FDA approved, and is available in specialty grades. It’s also flash-freeze and freezer modified.
Derived from 100% annually renewable resources such as plants, Ingeo™ natural plastic, made from NatureWorks’ biopolymer, is the world’s first polymer showing a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. A biopolymer that offers more disposal options and is more environmentally friendly to manufacture than traditional petroleum-based plastics. PLA has excellent stiffness, strength with no odor or taste transmission. The clarity is excellent with a high gloss finish. Ingeo is known as the next generation of environmentally responsible plastic. Offering excellent clarity and strength, Ingeo is great for refrigeration and is FDA accepted for food contact.