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What is HPDE?
HPDE stands for high-density polyethylene, the fancy term for high quality plastic. HPDE has a high strength-to-density ratio and is commonly used in making plastic bottles, corrosion-resistant piping, and even plastic lumber. HPDE is known for its high durability and chemical resistance.
There are seven categories of plastic, and usually plastic containers are coded to identify the type of resin they contain. HPDE containers will be marked with code “2”.
HPDE can be blow molded to a manufacturer’s specifications. HPDE is strong and impact resistant. High density polyethylene bottles are made only from high quality laboratory grade resin materials that comply with a number of regulatory specifications including: USP Class VI, EP monographs, EU food-contact directives, CONEG, RoHS, CA Prop 65, SARA Title III Sec. 313, and 21 CFR pt 177.1520 for food contact.
Why use HPDE containers?
HPDE has desirable properties compared to low-density polyethylene and polypropylene, the more commodity types of plastic. HPDE has a wide variety of applications and is usually a more economic choice.
The quality of HPDE allows for it to be used in storage and transportation functions. Containers are commonly made out of HPDE because of their lightweight strength, but also due to their resistance to corrosive acids, ketones and vegetable oils, and aromatic hydrocarbons and mineral oils.
This makes HPDE safe to use in storing and moving both hazardous and non-hazardous goods, ranging from food stuffs to paint chemicals.
Applications for HPDE
Common items made of HPDE:
- Bottle caps
- Chemical containers
- Food storage containers
- Fuel tanks
- Milk jugs
- Shampoo bottles
- Sewage mains
- Water pipes
Colored HPDE containers tend to have more strength than see-through bottles. Colored plastics resist cracking or corrosion better than translucent plastics. It can be difficult to remove odors and residues from HPDE.
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