Resin Comparison Guide

Polyethylene Terephthalate High Density Polyethylene Polyvinyl Chloride Low Density Polyethylene Polypropylene Polypropylene Polystyrene
Clarity Clear Translucent Clear Translucent Translucent Clear
Moisture Barrier Fair to Good Good to Excellent Fair Good Good to Excellent Poor to Fair
Distortion Temperature 145ºF 160ºF 150ºF 160ºF 212ºF 150ºF
Rigidity High Moderate High Low Moderate High
Resistance to Impact Excellent Excellent Good Excellent Fair Poor
Resistance to Cold Good Excellent Fair Excellent Poor to Fair Poor
Resistance to Sunlight Good Fair Poor to Good Fair Fair Poor to Fair
Resistance to Acids Fair Good Good Medium Good Medium
Resistance to Alcohol Good Good Very Good Good Good Fair
Resistance to Alkalis Poor Very Good Good Very Good Very Good Good
Resistance to Solvents Good Poor Good Poor Poor Poor


The information provided above is intended to provide a relative comparison of plastic resins and should only be used as a guide during the selection process. It is not possible to determine if the containers we sell are suitable for your application based solely on the information above. Compatibility testing is, and will always be, the final determining factor in the container selection process. It is the buyer’s responsibility to make the final determination as to whether a given container, closure, and accessory is suitable for use in their application.

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