High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a commonly used plastic polymer that is widely used in packaging applications. HDPE is a thermoplastic material that is known for its strength, durability, and resistance to moisture, chemicals, and UV radiation.

When it comes to sustainability, HDPE is a popular choice for packaging because it is recyclable and can be easily melted down and reused to make new products. It is also lightweight, which means it requires less energy to transport compared to heavier materials.

HDPE can also be created using post-consumer or post-industrial materials. Overall, HDPE offers a number of advantages over other materials and can play an important role in reducing waste and promoting a more circular economy.


Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is another widely used plastic polymer in packaging applications. LDPE is a flexible and transparent material that is commonly used in bags, films, and other types of packaging.

LDPE is lightweight and has a low carbon footprint, as it requires less energy to produce and transport compared to heavier materials. It is also recycle-ready, although it can be more difficult to recycle compared to other types of plastics.

However, LDPE is not as strong or durable as HDPE, which means it may not be suitable for certain types of packaging applications. Additionally, LDPE is more difficult to recycle compared to other types of plastics, as it is not always accepted in municipal recycling programs.

Degradable Films

Degradable films are a type of plastic packaging designed to break down over time when exposed to certain environmental conditions, such as sunlight or moisture. These films can be made from a variety of materials, including bioplastics and traditional petroleum-based plastics that have been modified with additives.

In terms of sustainability, degradable packaging films can have both advantages and disadvantages. On the positive side, they are designed to break down more quickly than traditional plastics, which means they can potentially reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills or the environment. They may also be made from renewable resources, such as plant-based materials, which can help reduce reliance on non-renewable resources.

However, degradable packaging films may not be as readily recyclable as traditional plastics, which means they may not be as effective at promoting a circular economy. Some types of degradable plastics may also have a higher carbon footprint compared to traditional plastics, depending on how they are produced and disposed of.

Contact Farnell Packaging

For more information about selecting the correct flexible packaging film to meet your sustainability goals, contact Farnell Packaging today. We’re always happy to talk through the options and help you build a pathway towards sustainable packaging.