Whilst much has been said about the benefits of HDPE, a lot of people shy away from using it because of misconceptions regarding the use of plastic. Here, we will be debunking some of these myths about HDPE and describe how Class Plastics continuously innovates our products to provide better solutions to our customer.
When it comes to plastic containers, HDPE is by far the most remarkable and widely used material. It is economical, impact resistant, versatile and provides a good moisture barrier, to chemicals and other liquid products. It is also one of the easiest plastics to reuse and recycle.
In this article, we will be debunking some of these myths about HDPE and describe how Class Plastics continuously innovates our products to provide better solutions to our customers.
Misconception #1: HDPE is pricey
HDPE is the most cost-effective alternative to metal, glass and other packaging containers. It is the most affordable type of resin that can give the highest flexibility and rigidity. It has a longer lifespan compared to other packaging materials. And because HDPE is highly innovative, reusable and recyclable, it keeps the total cost down. You get the strongest material for less price.
Class Plastics containers are manufactured using only superior high quality resin.This resin has a very high elastic component which allows us to manufacture each unit with less energy and most efficient use of raw material possible whilst still delivering the same strength and durability that customers demand, thereby allowing us to offer our containers at competitive prices.
We also have a wide array of stock items that customers can choose from as an alternative to custom built containers. Using the same high quality and FDA certified materials, these containers are made to the same high quality and guaranteed to last, and can generally satisfy customer requirements at lower costs than custom manufactured containers.
Misconception #2: Wall strength and stackability
HDPE is significantly stronger than other standard polymers. It is known for its high strength-to-density ratio. It is harder, thicker and more opaque. It can resist impact, dents, abrasion and can withstand colder and higher temperatures. It also provides a good moisture barrier, making it suitable for a variety of liquid products.
Class Plastics containers have much thicker walls than its traditional counterparts. Each of our containers undergoes a destructive test to measure the strength and wall thickness, and hydraulic testing to make sure it can hold pressure. This series of tests ensures that all of the containers we manufacture are both reliable and guaranteed to last.
What about stacking?
HDPE containers can be stacked – the recommended height when stacking is up to 2 rows high; stacking higher risks containers falling off especially during transport. Because of its high elastic component, these containers expand and contract in normal and heated temperatures.
Class Plastics HDPE containers are specially designed with an interlock stacking system that can minimise storage space and make more room for freight, resulting in additional transport cost savings. We can also customise HDPE containers to have more stackability options.
Each of our containers undergoes a stackability test which runs for a minimum of 1-2 weeks to ensure that it meets the customer’s standard.
Misconception #3: HDPE is not safe for food
HDPE is the most popular and widely used plastic for storing food. This is because Class Plastics only use Certified Food Grade HDPE.
HDPE is harder and more opaque than other plastic polymers. It minimises light penetration and can withstand higher temperatures. And because HDPE molecules are tightly packed, it absorbs less moisture and does not leach chemicals that can contaminate food.
All Class Plastics containers are manufactured from food grade resin and are FDA and Dangerous Goods approved.
Misconception #4: HDPE is harmful to the environment
Amongst all other types of plastic, HDPE is considered to be the most environment friendly.
HDPE does not contain bisphenol A, phthlates and other harmful chemicals. It does not emit dangerous levels of harmful chemicals into the air during its production, as well as when being used.
HDPE does not decompose and deteriorate quickly. It is also the easiest and most flexible plastic to recycle because of its thermal properties. It can be reheated and remolded over and over again to create something new.
Class Plastics is committed to being a responsible steward of the earth’s natural resources. All of our HDPE containers are fully recyclable and reusable for products of the same family. We’ve also made significant investments in the latest low-consumption manufacturing technologies to conserve energy and contribute toward a healthy and greener environment.
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