Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
Also sometimes referred to as PETE, It is shatter proof, light weight and 90% recyclable. PET is commonly used for Bottles, Cosmetic Jars, Food Jars, Clamshells and Cups.
Polythene (high density) HDPE
Also sometimes referred to as simply ‘HD’ In packaging, HDPE colours range from “natural” (a milky white often seen in milk jugs) to special, brand-specific colours. HDPE is a strong plastics, ideal for Milk/Juice Jugs, Shampoo Bottles, Dairy Tubs, and Snack/Cereal bags when in film form.
Polythene (low density) LDPE
A softer plastic used for plastic bags, squeezy bottles for substances such as detergents. Also used for pouches containing products such as drinks and semi-solid foods. Very popular as containers of sports/energy drinks, container lids and shrink wraps and stretch films. These containers are flexible, shatter proof, and cheap to produce.
A classic choice, glass is re-useable, heat-resistant and will hold whatever shape it’s been moulded to. Allowing customers to see your product clearly before purchasing. Keep in mind the fragility and safety issues (such as broken glass) of using glass. Typically used for Cosmetics, Beverages, Food Jars, and Pharmaceutical Containers.
Paper and Cardboard
Paper and cardboard have all the benefits of being light weight, recyclable, easy to shape/colour/coat, simple to print on while being cheap to produce. Unfortunately it’s quite easily damaged by liquids, or in transit. Typically used for Snack foods, Take-Away Containers and Composite Packaging (e.g., Paper can with metal ends).