FAQ What is PP (Polypropylene Plastic)?
what is pP plastic
Do you ever wonder why toys can handle so much throwing, banging, and chewing? Or why the lid on your shampoo bottle can tolerate the constant opening and shutting? This amazing resilience is likely because both products are made from polypropylene plastic.

Also called PP plastic, this is the second most extensively used plastic. It is known for being durable, robust, and resistant to many external factors.

You’ll be surprised by the inherent use of PP plastic in everyday items such as utensils, housewares, toys, cars, plastic pallets, sportswear, and even in lab and medical equipment.
Benefits of PP
Chemical Resistance:
Many chemicals don’t react with PP, which means it’s a suitable for plastic pallets and containers that handle such chemicals.

Biological Resistance:
PP plastic doesn’t deteriorate, or form mold caused by biological variables such as fungi and bacteria.

Water Resistance:
This material is highly impermeable; an essential quality for total immersion uses such as in industrial and medical applications.

Fatigue Resistance:
Polypropylene can maintain its shape after experiencing torsion or bending, making it an ideal material for living hinges. This is why shampoo lids are made of plastic.


PP plastic is highly resistant to electricity which is why it is the material of choice in electronic components.

High Melting Point:

This material has a high melting point, making it an excellent material for kitchen utensils, food appliances.

Low Cost:

Polypropylene is a very affordable material and is therefore easy to make available to many users.


Polypropylene plastic is a sustainable material. It is entirely recyclable. Unlike other plastics, it can be used repeatedly, preventing it from ending up in a landfill.
applications of PP plastic
Material Handling:
Polypropylene is often used to make plastic pallets and other material handling goods depending on their required applications.

Automobile Industry:

Polypropylene is frequently used in manufacturing car batteries, bumpers, interior elements, and cladding.

Packaging Material:
Due to its low cost and flexibility, PP is used in various packaging forms and has replaced traditional materials such as paper, cellophane, and paper. It is widely used to make pallets, bottles, jars, yogurt containers, hot beverage cups, food packing, etc.

Medical Applications:
With its ability to handle stringent sterilization procedures, PP is commonly used in the medical industry. It’s often used in building medical devices, and packaging systems for liquid and solid pharmaceuticals.

Many toys are built-to-last because they’re made using polypropylene plastic.

PP is also used in many household items such as rugs, mats, carpets, plates, etc.


If you’re considering purchasing material handling goods such as plastic pallets, bins or crates, get in contact with one of our experts.

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