Polyethylene Characteristics

Associated Bag is your True Mil® poly supplier!

All of our poly products meet strict thickness tolerances and industry-specified performance standards. You are assured that our poly thicknesses are accurate and true. Some packaging distributors choose to reduce costs and increase profits by selling you poly products up to 20% thinner than listed. We choose to always give you what you pay for.

Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) is porous, somewhat stretchable, and has good clarity. It is suitable for everyday packaging needs and all-purpose trash collection.

Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) is non-porous and very stretchable. It is stronger than LDPE so a thinner gauge bag or liner provides comparable performance to LDPE. It is also 15-50% less expensive than LDPE! It resists punctures and tears, and is suitable for everyday packaging needs and all-purpose trash collection.

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is non-porous, non-stretchable, and just as strong as low density bags that are twice as thick. Because HDPE is thinner, it typically costs 25-50% less than comparable Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) products! It is suitable for general packaging applications and trash collection that doesn't include sharp objects. It also creates a moisture and vapor barrier.

Metallocene is thinner, stronger, and 15% less expensive than comparable LDPE! It is a new-generation polyethylene resin that offers outstanding toughness and tear resistance in a film that's approximately 25% thinner than low density polyethylene. If you could or were to make an automobile analogy, metallocene is the luxury car. A 3 mil metallocene bag equals the strength of a 4 mil low density polyethylene bag.

Titanium is a highly stretchable and ultra-strong material that allows for gauge reduction without sacrificing performance. This opaque material combines maximum puncture resistance with a tough, star-sealed bottom that virtually eliminates leaks. It is suitable for use in industrial and factory settings for most applications.

Polypropylene is an all together different resin than polyethylene. It is non-porous, super-clear, non-stretchable and generally stronger and more rigid than polyethylene. It is commonly used for packaging foods and displaying merchandise at retail.


Please don't hesitate to call our Customer Service Department at 800-926-6100, or email: customerservice@associatedbag.com for further information.
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