PET vs HDPE Plastic For Plastic Jerrycan (Jerigen Plastik)

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Launching a new brand but can’t decide on your packaging material? Plastic is the more cost effective option, but there are so many types, it can be a minefield trying to pick which type is most suitable for your product! PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (high density polyethylene) are the two most popular choices in the food, drink, beauty and chemical industries; but what are the main differences between them?


The most obvious difference between PET plastic and HDPE plastic is the opacity. PET is typically transparent, making it the perfect choice for showing off brightly coloured beverages or even just makes it easier for you to have labels and branding that won’t clash with the colour of your container.

HDPE For Plastic Jerrycan (Jerigen Plastik) is translucent, which means that it looks opaque from a distance but it also allows you to see the fill level of your product through the material at a close distance.


PET plastic is strong, yet lightweight and flexible; with it greatly resembling glass in appearance. It acts as a strong barrier against water vapour, gas, oil, alcohol and dilute acids, making it the perfect packaging option for food and drink where preventing product contamination is essential.

On the other hand, HDPE for Plastic Jerrycan (Jerigen Plastik) is tough and rigid, with a finish of a natural milky colour. The strength of the material means that it is very difficult to crack the plastic and makes it an appropriate packaging choice for food and drink, as well as chemicals and industrial cleaning products!


In terms of recycling, there isn’t a huge difference between the two plastics. Both PET and HDPE are collected by around 92% of local councils; so make sure that you make this clear on your product labelling to ensure that your packaging is being disposed of responsibly. PET plastic can be recycled into a variety of new materials, including fabrics and new food packaging, whilst HDPE can be turned into garden furniture, bins and pipes!

If you’re not sure what type of plastic your packaging is, look our for recycling code 1, which indicates that your packaging is made from PET, and recycling code 2, which indicates that your packaging is made from HDPE.

So Which Is Right For Your Product?

Based on the breakdowns of the differences above, you can probably make your own mind up about which type of plastic is right for your product. If you’re still struggling to choose, we’ve got a list of the most common products packaged using each material to help you out.

PET: Water bottles, soft and fizzy drink bottles, food pots, oven ready trays, preserve jars.

HDPE: Milk bottles, chemical drums, Plastic Jerrycan (Jerigen Plastik), children’s toys, household and kitchenware, cable insulation, carrier bags.

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