Uses for Low-Density Polyethylene

Updated February 21, 2017

Low-density polythene (LDPE) is a very common type of plastic with many uses. Several characteristics make it desirable as a material for various containers and other uses; it is flexible, durable, chemically inert, lightweight, readily mouldable and serviceable at temperatures up to 80 degrees Celsius for sustained periods.


LDPE is most commonly used as a material for certain types of containers like wash bottles and dispensing bottles. It is often used to make water bottles, small tanks for liquid storage, bags for intravenous systems and bladders for hydration systems.


LDPE is a common material for tubing in many applications, including laboratory uses, soft drink systems, medical uses and recreational hydration systems. Its durability and flexibility make it well suited to these types of uses.

Other Uses

LDPE has many other uses; it is used to manufacture trays, food-storage containers, laboratory storage containers, corrosion-resistant work surfaces, six-pack can rings, commercial food packaging, computer parts, cling films, plastic bags and playground equipment. LDPE is used in many other applications that require lightweight, flexible, machinable and weldable plastics.

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