Polyolefins (PO)

Polyolefins are a family of polyethylene and polypropylene thermoplastics. They are produced mainly from oil and natural gas by a process of polymerisation of ethylene and propylene respectively.

Benefits of polyolefins

Because of their versatility, polyolefins are one of the most popular plastics in use today. Their cover four types of polylolefins:
  • LDPE: cling film, carrier bags, agricultural film, milk carton coatings, electrical cable coating, heavy duty industrial bags.
  • LLDPE: stretch film, industrial packaging film, thin walled containers, and heavy-duty, medium- and small bags.
  • HDPE: crates and boxes, bottles (for food products, detergents, cosmetics), food containers, toys, petrol tanks, industrial wrapping and film, pipes and houseware.
  • PP: food packaging, including yoghurt, margarine pots, sweet and snack wrappers, microwave-proof containers, carpet fibres, garden furniture, medical packaging and appliances, luggage, kitchen appliances, and pipes.

Polyolefins (family) includes:
  • PE (Polyethylene)
  • PP (Polypropylene)
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