mil070514_039When customers look to make the from one material to another, a common concern that we see is regarding price. "Materials such as PET are so cost effective and they get the job done, so do all the benefits of this material that we read in your “10 Reasons to Use Polypropylene for Your Next Food Packaging Project” really outweigh the increase in price?"

My answer to this? Price is just a number and cannot be taken at face value.  Economic, raw material, and processing variables all ultimately affect price. So why not consider how the characteristics of the polymer can affect price? In the case of polypropylene, there are two very important factors related to the physical properties of the polymer that affect the overall price of the material: density and weight.

Polypropylene has the lowest density of all the polymers. This results in a 30% decrease in density from PET and a 12% density reduction from HIPS. The lower density directly correlates to an increased yield so you get more linear feet of raw material for the same weight.  So put simply, by making the switch from polymers such as PET, HIPS or PVC, to polypropylene, you get more parts from the same amount of material. 

Take the following example:

Material Density Gauge Width Quantity (lbs) Scrap Linear Feet
PET 1.33 0.020" 30" 1,000,000 15% 2,777,780
PS 1.04 0.020" 30" 1,000,000 15% 3,753,755
XPP 0.91 0.020" 30" 1,000,000 15% 4,208,755

This difference in density is so significant that when prices are adjusted for density, PP becomes the lowest cost polymer.

PP is also the lightest polymer. Because of the lightweight nature of this material, you can do more with less plastic, resulting in lighter, thinner, stronger parts that can be used in a wide variety of applications. The light weight nature of this material also results in a more sustainable solution, resulting in less solid waste by weight than any other plastic.

Impact Plastics, together with our sister brand, ICPG, offer a unique portfolio of polyproyplene solutions compatible with a vast range of packaging and processing applications including: 

- Form-fill-seal polypropylene for PS replacement
- Clarified impact copolymer polypropylene compatible with freezer & microwave applications
- High barrier PP/EVOH/PP & PP/EVOH/PE solutions for shelf-stable food applications
- Laminated PP solutions with decorative film or barrier film lamination

Sound interesting? Contact our team today to get started on making the transition to polypropylene.