Uses of Plastics in Gifts and Novelty - PlastiWorld 2019

It is surprising how plastic has always been around but unknown to mankind until the 1920’s. This popular polymer has gained fame due to its versatile and flexible nature. Also since they do not corrode and are durable, they are extensively used in almost all kinds of industries. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it has almost replaced wood and metal. Another reason plastic is preferred for product manufacturing over other materials is because it is cheaper. Plastic is also the first choice for a consumer because it is easy to use, affordable and lightweight.

When we think of a gift like a toy, watch, or any such novelty, there are high possibilities of it being a plastic product. Thanks to plastic, we have a variety of options for gifts these days. There are new products of different kinds coming up in the market each day. A gift made out of plastic is always preferred over a gift made out of any other material. For example, a wooden toy is always prone to get damaged if not looked after properly

It is often assumed that every plastic is the same, but that is not true. The exact type of plastic used depends on the product. However, there are a few types that are more common than the others. The common types of plastics used to manufacture gifts and novelties are polyethene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride. Let us discuss these in detail:

Polyethene: One of the toughest kinds of plastic, polyethene is categorized into two types, low density and high density. The high-density polyethene is used to manufacture toys, jars, bottle caps, food storage containers, etc. The low-density polyethene is commonly used for trash bags, snap-on lids, plastic wraps, etc. Because of its sturdy nature, it keeps the product intact and is mostly used for plastic packaging.

Polypropylene: Polypropylene, as the name indicates, has similar features to polyethene. The only difference is that polypropylene comes from propylene, unlike polyethene that comes from ethylene. Polypropylene is a cheaper alternative to polyethene for manufacturing products. Toys or boxes made out of this material are often prone to breakage and damage. But due to it being low-priced, it is used extensively for making gift and novelty products.

Poly Vinyl Chloride: Commonly referred to as PVC or Vinyl, Poly Vinyl Chloride is available in two forms; rigid and flexible. The rigid form is used to manufacture construction pipes whereas the flexible ones are used to make bottles, plastic sheets and  different types of toys, including dolls, squirt toys. ducks, balls etc.

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