Explained: The Characteristics and Applications of LDPE Sheets

LDPE Sheets Characteristics and Applications

Several types of plastics are available in the market with different characteristics to fulfil the different industrial requirements of every sector. Choosing the right application for your industrial application is challenging. This blog post covers all you need to know about LDPE (low-density polyethylene).


LDPE is a grade of polyethylene with a lower density than HDPE (high density polyethylene). Meaning LDPE sheets have lower mass than their volume. Toughness, flexibility, and impact resistance are the defining characteristics of LDPE sheets. Along with this, the sustainability and affordability offered by LDPE make it a popular choice across industrial sectors.

The versatility of LDPE makes it ideal for use in food storage containers, trays, bottles, packaging sheets, tubes, etc. Below are 5 important LDPE characteristics which make it so useful.

Characteristics of LDPE

  1. Water-proof

    The defining characteristic of LDPE sheets is their water resistance. This allows LDPE sheets to be used as geomembrane liners for lining ponds, water-conservation projects, lining chemical tanks to avoid seepage, etc.

  2. Softness and flexibility

    Due to their manufacturing process, LDPE sheets have a softer and more flexible material in comparison to HDPE. This means that LDPE can tolerate a lot of stretching before it breaks or tears, making it an ideal choice of material for packaging and storing industries.

  3. Bad conductor of electricity

    LDPE sheets resist electrical shock to a high degree. They are frequently used to detach electrical wires and cables due to their ability to protect from electric shock.

  4. Recyclable

    LDPE is an easily recyclable material, making it highly in demand throughout the plastic industry. LDPE is used in different forms like film, solid, and liquid. Each form of LDPE requires a different recycling channel.

  5. Resistant to extreme temperatures

    Due to their thermoplastic nature, LDPE sheets can hold their shape in extremely high or low-temperature environments, ranging from -40 ℃ to 90 ℃.

Applications of LDPE

LDPE is a versatile thermoplastic and is used for

  • Plastic bags
  • Light packaging materials: Six-pack rings, lining for cartons, snap-on lids, plastic wrap, trash bags, etc.
  • Electronic covers and packaging
  • Pipes and fittings

Advantages of LDPE

LDPE sheets are environment-friendly and can be transformed after the film gets discarded. They do not leak harmful toxins stored inside, making them the go-to choice for landfill geomembranes. Lower tensile strength and lower density offer LDPE the versatility to be used for multiple applications at a low manufacturing cost.

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Final Thoughts

LDPE is preferred for several commercial applications due to its versatility. It is essential to purchase high-quality LD polythene sheets to get virgin and reprocessed plastics for enhanced water and chemical-resistant properties.

Shah Shivji Valji and Co is India’s leading supplier, exporter and manufacturer of all kinds of tarpaulins in India. All our LDPE plastic sheet products are manufactured in a state-of-the-art, in-house manufacturing facility. Our industrial expertise of 110+ years across several sectors enables us to understand the requirements of your industry and customise our products accordingly.

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