Getting Acquainted With The 7 Types Of Plastic

types of plastic You have probably read about plastic and the negative impact it can have on your health and the environment. Thousands of articles have been devoted to highlighting the side effects of using plastic in our daily lives.

Look around and you will still see plastic items being used in abundance, whether it’s at work or at home. Did you know that there are 7 types of plastic? And did you know that each plastic type is assigned a number? Or that some varieties of plastic are recyclable?

Here is a brief look at the 7 types of plastic:

Plastic Type #1:

SPI code 1 PETE

plastic bottle







This variety of plastic is widely used in disposable water bottles. It usually has a clear color. It is safe to use as long as it is disposed of within a short period of time. This is because it often attracts bacteria. This plastic type is recyclable.

Plastic Type #2:

shampoo bottles

SPI code 2 HDPE






Remember the plastic used in milk jugs, juice bottles and detergent bottles? Products made of this plastic are opaque in color. This plastic type is recyclable.

Plastic Type #3:


SPI code 3 PVC





This plastic type is durable and used to manufacture pipes, food wraps and bottles that store various types of oil. This plastic type is not recyclable.

Plastic Type #4:


SPI code 4 LDPE






LDPE is safe for human use but not exactly recyclable. It is used to manufacture grocery bags and a variety of bottles.

Plastic Type #5:


SPI code 5 PP






Medicine bottles, straws and a variety of plastic cups are made of polypropylene. It is safe and recyclable.

Plastic Type #6:

disposable cups

SPI code 6





Disposable cups, plates and containers are made of polystyrene. This type of plastic is considered to feature toxic chemicals and shouldn’t be used too often. This type of plastic is not recyclable.

Plastic Type #7:


SPI code 7






Difficult to recycle, this plastic type is unpredictable. It is used in a variety of items, from DVDs and iPods to sports and medical equipment. There is no guarantee about the safety aspect of this plastic type so deal with it at your own risk!

At Promo Direct, we have a wide range of promotional items made of safe plastic types #2, 4 and 5. Get in touch with us if you need assistance purchasing them!


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