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Polypropylene vs Polyethylene Label Materials:


Polypropylene vs Polyethylene Label Materials:

14th Feb 2017

We’re often asked at Paramount Labels about choosing between a range of Polypropylene based label materials and Polyethylene. The fact the synthetic label stocks are all cousins, they have quite different applications and uses in mind, but what are they?


Clear Polypropylene Labels:

Clear PP labels are a transparent format of Polypropylene (PP) material. It has all the resistant qualities as White PP but Clear PP Labels cater more aesthetically for a range of products for the famous “no label look” – popular with brands looking to reduce ink usage and blend label designs onto their packaging.


White Polypropylene Labels:

White PP is a commonly used rigid material and is suitable for most applications. The durability of White PP labels are particularly well suited to cost effective superior scratch and chemical resistance often for products having to display red diamond CLP symbols, as well as use for long term outdoor applications.


Metallic Polypropylene Labels:

The PP label material has the same water and oil resistance as White PP and Clear PP. However the difference is in its light reflecting properties – the same as that of a metal. Colourwashing these materials are favoured by luxury brands for a magnificent display of Gold, Copper, Silver and Rose Gold effects.


Polyethylene Labels:

A milky white synthetic film with light and flexible properties, unlike polypropylene it can stretch in all directions (but will tear quite easily). It rarely exceeds 12 months outdoor application, but it’s trait for labelling products that expand and contract within the maximum operating temperature of 204°C makes Polyethylene useful for strong tamper evident seals on lids, engineering and electrical items.


Still unsure about which label material is best suited for your use? Contact our team for assitance!


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Example Use Of A Printed Polyethylene Label: