What is Polypropylene?

Poly what?

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.

What Is Polypropylene? 1

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 stationery
  • Reusable containers
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Loudspeakers
  • Plastic parts- toys, car parts, etc.

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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 durable plastic, yet lightweight.
  • Polypropylene is very cost-efficient.

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