HDPE is well-known for its strength to density ratio, which makes it a great option for manufacturers who are searching for a plastic that is resistant to breaking and cracking. Due to its high level of strength HDPE plastics are used to make a variety of products that are still lightweight, including:
HDPE plastics are built to withstand extreme situations. Their strong and durable nature does not, however, convert easily into inert biomass through the process of biodegradation*. These plastics can persist for hundreds of years, sometimes indefinitely, which contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution.
Even with its popularity, there are some advantages and disadvantages you should consider before using HDPE for your application: