Plastics

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  • Created on: 03-05-12 18:20

PET (Polyethylene terephthlate)

Properties:

  • excellent barrier against gases
  • prevents gas from escaping
  • does not flavour contents
  • aethetically pleasing
  • very tough
  • lightweight

Uses:

  • bottles for fizzy drinks
  • packagign for highly flavoured food
  • microwavable food trays
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PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)

Properties:

  • weather resistant
  • chemical resistant
  • protects products from moisture
  • strong
  • can be manufactured either rigid or flexible

Uses:

Packaging for:

  • toiletries
  • food
  • confectionary
  • water
  • juice
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PP (Polypropylene)

Properties:

  • lightweight
  • rigid
  • excellent chemical resistance
  • versatile
  • low moisture absorption
  • good impact resistance

Uses:

  • youghurt pots
  • margerine pots
  • laminating board and paper
  • sweet wrappers
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PS (Polystyrene) RIGID

Properties:

  • impact resistance
  • rigid
  • lightweight

Uses:

  • yoghurt pots
  • CD cases
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PS (Polystyrene) EXPANDED

Properties:

  • heat insulation
  • durable
  • lightweight

Uses:

  • egg cartons
  • meat trays
  • packaging for fragile products
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