MATERIALS

Packaging performance depends on design and function. For design, our engineers will help you to design the optimal package for your application. For functionality, the right material choice is critical. Each application has an optimal material choice. Our engineers will work with you to choose the right material from traditional plastic polymers to new eco-friendly alternatives such as FDA PCR-APET (post consumer recycled – APET).

The table below is a general overview of plastic material applications. For more detailed information please contact us at Easypak LLC.

Typical Use

APET APET/EVOH/PE PP HDPE PP/EVOH/PE OPS HIPS
Ready meals x x x x
Fresh meat x x x x
Cold foods x x x x x
Frozen foods x
Confectionery trays x

Typical Industrial Process

APET APET/EVOH/PE PP HDPE PP/EVOH/PE OPS HIPS
Cold fill x x x x x x x
Hot fill (>150 F) x x x
Retort sterilization x x x
HPP x x x x x
MAP x x x x
Flash freeze x

Typical Storage by Consumer

APET APET/EVOH/PE PP HDPE PP/EVOH/PE OPS HIPS
Frozen foods x x x x x
Cold x x x x x x x
Medium-life x x x x
Long-life x x

Typical Preparation by Consumer

APET APET/EVOH/PE PP HDPE PP/EVOH/PE OPS HIPS
Cold  x x x x x x x
Microwave x x x
Oven

Polymer & Barrier Structures

APET APET/EVOH/PE PP HDPE PP/EVOH/PE OPS HIPS
Optical Clarity High Ok Ok Low Ok High High
Resistance to Most Solvents High High High High High High High
Barrier to Oxygen Medium High Low Low High Low Medium
Impact Strength & Shatter Resistance High High Medium High Medium Medium Medium
Tensile Strength Medium Medium Medium High High Medium Medium
Stiffness Medium Medium Medium High Medium Medium Medium

Recyclability and Recycled Content

APET APET/EVOH/PE PP HDPE PP/EVOH/PE OPS HIPS
Recyclability Yes Limited Yes Yes Limited Yes Yes
Recycling Material Number 1 7 5 2 7 6 6
Ability to use Post Consumer Recycled Content that is FDA Compliant Yes No Yes Yes No No No

Material Guide

APET: amorphous polyethylene terepthlate Retort Sterilization: high temperature sterilization
PP: polypropylene HPP: high-pressure pasteurization (87000 psi)
HDPE: high-density polyethylene MAP: modified atmosphere packaging
PP-EVOH-PE: barrier structure PP/barrier/polythethylene Flash Freeze: freezing to very low temperatures very fast
PE: low-density polyethylene
APET-EVOH-PE: barrier structure APET/barrier/polyethylene
OPS: oriented polystyrene
HIPS: hi-impact polystyrene
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