Polyethylene is the most produced plastic in the world, and is also one that most everyone uses in their daily life. Although its original value was proven as an excellent insulator for electrical wiring, now it is recognized as an invaluable material because its subtle reliability, its solidity and its almost unlimited uses.
Polyethylene can be processed into both soft and flexible forms as well as into tough and strong products. It is used in everyday appliances, packaging, pipes, toys and many more plastics.
No matter what shape Polyethylene is in, there is unanimous agreement of its excellent characteristics, such as:
- Excellent Insulator
- Resistant to Caustic Materials
- Nearly Unbreakable
- Environmentally Friendly, Reusable, Recyclable
- Resistant to Temperatures Ranging from Tropical to Extreme Cold
- Remarkably Light and Tough
The qualities of polyethylene can be summarized effectively in just three words: it is strong, safe and versatile.
Polyethylene and the Environment
Polyethylene is an extremely environmentally friendly material for multiple reasons:
- The manufacturing of polyethylene is relatively clean and efficient: the emission of harmful substances is minimal and there is hardly any waste.
- Polyethylene is extremely suitable for recycling. It is a thermoplastic material, which allows it to be melted, reformed and used to make new products.