pvc vs pet packaging

PVC vs. PET Plastic Packaging

Plastic product packaging is used to manufacture goods in various industries around the world. Depending on the industry and the type of product in question, certain types of plastic packaging may be more effective than others in a given scenario. PVC and PET are two types of plastic packaging that are used frequently in manufacturing. While these types of clear plastic packaging may appear almost identical to the untrained eye, some key differences set them apart from one another. Each type of packaging comes with its own unique advantages and applications in a variety of different industries. This brief guide provides a more in-depth look at PVC vs. PET plastic packaging and the unique characteristics of each.


PVC plastic is most well known for its durability. Indeed, it’s for this reason that other types of PVC plastic are used to create pipes and siding. This durability is equally as valued when it comes to product packaging. PVC plastic packaging is designed to withstand strong impacts and temperatures. Manufacturers can rest easy knowing that products that are packaged in PVC plastic will always be protected and will reach their destination unharmed. For this reason, PVC plastic is a favorite when packaging food and pharmaceutical items. Due to this extreme durability, however, PVC plastic can be quite rigid, making it less malleable than PET plastic. PVC plastic packaging is also less transparent than PET plastic. PVC plastic packaging is still highly transparent, but it is not quite as glass-like as PET.


Polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET, is a popular type of plastic used to package a variety of different products. When assessing PVC vs. PET plastic packaging, one of the most notable differences is versatility. PET plastic possesses the same standards of durability and strength as PVC plastic packaging without much of the added rigidity. This type of clear plastic packaging is also more resistant to UV rays and is therefore able to withstand extreme conditions for a far longer period of time. PET plastic packaging is also a very sustainable product. PET plastic can be recycled into a variety of different items. Because PET is so easily recyclable it is a very popular option among companies wishing to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.

Both PVC and PET plastic can be used to create a variety of different clear plastic packaging options. Contact our team at Printex Transparent Packaging to discuss which option will be best for your specific needs.

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