What is Polypropylene?

Polywhat?

Polypropylene (PP) is what we call a thermoplastic polymer, which is used in several different packaging, labeling, textile, and industrial applications. In simpler words, polypropylene (figure pictured below) is one of many types of plastic materials- arguably the best of them all.

When was Polypropylene Discovered?

Two chemists named Paul Hogan and Robert from Phillips Petroleum created the first form of polypropylene in 1951.

 

What is Polypropylene Used for?

  • Ropes
  • Carpets
  • Storage boxes
  • Paper and other stationary
  • Reusable containers
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Loudspeakers
  • Plastic parts- toys, car parts, etc.

What are the Benefits of Polypropylene?

Don’t let the fancy name fool you; polypropylene the most commonly used type of plastic, everywhere. Not only that, but it is by far the most versatile-with many benefits:

  • Polypropylene has a melting point of 320°F- that’s high! This makes polypropylene the most suitable type of plastic for food containers. Microwave away! Not to mention it is the safest plastic for food packaging — BPA FREE!
  • Polypropylene does not absorb water.
  • Polypropylene does not mold or deteriorate.
  • Polypropylene has more of a rubber-like, flexible consistency.
  • Polypropylene can be customized and colored.
  • Polypropylene is a durable plastic, yet lightweight.
  • Polypropylene is very cost efficient.