Chances are that you come in contact with High Density Polyethylene on a daily basis. It is used in many common consumer products including plastic bottles, food containers, plastic lumber, and much more.
High density polyethylene (HDPE) or polyethylene high density (PEHD) is a polyethylene thermoplastic made from petroleum.
In 2007, the global HDPE market reached a volume of more than 30 million tons.
Yes, in general HDPE is FDA Approved. As with all materials, you should ask your plastics distributor to verify this information as there are many manufactures of HDPE.
Yes! HDPE is a highly weldable product, and is actually one of the "easier" materials to hot-air weld.
HDPE is available in nearly any color!
In short, yes. HDPE is commonly used in applications where chemical resistance is a necessity. It's important to note, though, that HDPE is not a one-size-fits-all for chemical resistance. To find out if HDPE fits your application, you can download a chemical resistance chart by clicking here.
You can view UL's list of HDPE's typical mechanical properties by clicking here