Benefits of HDPE Containers – Recycling and Cost Reduction
HDPE, or High-Density Plastic, is a common plastic product that is commonly used for shipping, storing, and protecting food. It is a thermosetting plastic material that has special thermoforming properties. It can withstand high temperatures and is a durable material. It can be used in many different applications including bottles, cans, pails and drums. It is often used as an alternative to glass and aluminum for high-volume food contact products such as milk, soup, sauces, and vegetables.
The main reason why he containers are so popular these days is that they offer the benefits of clear PET bottles without the hazards associated with them. PET bottles, especially low-density polyethylene ones, leach chemicals and toxins into our waterways. They are not biodegradable and do not break down over time. Moreover, they contain a high amount of lead, a known environmental toxin.
Because of the environmental and health risks associated with plastic bottles, it is vital that we as a society start putting more effort into recycling and reusing the packaging we produce. Even if a container is resold, its life can be significantly shortened by exposure to harsh cleaning agents or heat. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense either recycle PET bottles and reuse them, or use new ones which have a longer shelf life and are safer for the environment. It is for these reasons that companies have started utilizing HDPE plastic polymers for the packaging of their goods. These containers are extremely durable, low in toxic substances and cost-effective.
The biggest advantage of using HDPE containers as compared to PET plastic is the fact that they are clear, low in toxic substances and, therefore, easy to identify. Clear, transparent, recyclable and reusable containers make it easier for customers to look at the contents of a container while at the same time offering them excellent visibility. In addition to being easy to identify, HDPE containers also provide superior packaging solutions since they do not contain any flammable or toxic materials. In contrast, PET bottles, especially those of glass, have a tendency to burst or spill when exposed to heat. Additionally, many PET bottles explode if exposed to acidic solutions like vinegar or juices; this is why HDPE containers are more preferable than the alternative because they are not likely to burst.
HDPE containers are highly beneficial not only for recycling but also for storage. As compared to water bottles, they are more resistant to heat, leach, chemicals and abrasion. If kept in cool dark environments, they can last for hundreds of years without degrading. This means that an average of twenty-one million tons of PET bottles are consumed around the world every year. With so much waste generated each year, it is obvious that there should be a way to make available a secure and eco-friendly way to store them.
The advantages of HDPE containers are numerous. They are ideal for long-term storage of medicines, food products and even clothes. The fact that they do not leak or break apart even after a number of years makes them highly preferable as storage containers for medicines. On the other hand, if used in storing milk bottles, the chances of leakage or breaking of the bottles are very high, as they are made out of hard plastic material. In addition, as compared to the milk bottles, they are not likely to leak or break down even when subjected to extreme heat, chemicals and abrasion.
The number two benefit of HDPE is that they are commonly used as milk jugs. In case of regular milk jugs, the plastic liners often wear off or crack, exposing the milk which can then spoil. HDPE jugs can easily last for decades without causing any damage to the plastic liners. Moreover, they are extremely durable and can even withstand extreme temperatures and chemicals. Hence, the likelihood of the plastic liners wearing off or getting cracked is very remote.
The use of containers such as HDPE can help reduce the cost of consumption of plastic every year. In turn, this will contribute significantly to the global effort to reduce the number two reason for global warming – greenhouse gas emissions and the depletion of the earth’s freshwater. The percent recycling rate of these containers is also much higher than most other containers. Hence, the impact of these containers on the environment can be easily seen by the billions of consumers across the world who are responsible for making the environment clean and healthy.