LDPE is the low density version of PE. This has less hardness, stiffness and strength compared to HDPE, but better ductility. It is opaque and only thin foils can be transparent.
LDPE is used for packaging like foils, trays and plastic bags both for food and non-food purposes. Used as protective coating on paper, textiles and other plastics, for instance in milk cartons.
LDPE is also widely used for manufacturing various containers, dispensing bottles, wash bottles, tubing, plastic bags for computer components, and various molded laboratory equipment. Its most common use is in plastic bags.
Other products made from it include:
- Trays and general purpose containers
- Corrosion-resistant work surfaces
- Six pack rings
- Juice and milk cartons is made of liquid packaging board, a laminate of paperboard and LDPE
- Parts of computer hardware, such as hard disk drives, screen cards, and optical disc drives.
- Playground slides