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What is Virgin Plastic?

The Safest Form of Plastic Manufacturing.

Virgin plastic is frequently used in the pharmaceutical industry to keep up with health and safety standards but the term “virgin plastic” is still unfamiliar to some. Plastic plays an important role in our daily lives, as it keeps products fresher for longer, keeps packaging at a lower cost and is more hygienic compared to wood or glass. Consumers are unaware of the differences between virgin plastic and recycled plastic. In this blog we will discuss what virgin plastic is, what the differences are between the various types, and how it can be utilised. 

What is Virgin Plastic?

Virgin plastic is produced by sourcing raw materials from petrochemical feed-stocks, such as oil and natural gas. The raw materials have never been used before in production hence the term “virgin”. Virgin plastic is regarded as the purest form of plastic as it has never been recycled, and is the preferred material for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries 

What is Virgin Plastic Used For?

Virgin plastic can be moulded into many different containers from bottles to jars to jerry cans. It can be used to store anything from soft drinks to shampoo to effervescent containers. 

It can also be used in place of other forms of plastic, but with the durability, cleanliness and security that it offers, virgin plastic is best used for pharmaceutical containers. It is important that containers in the medical industry have no traces of bacteria or other contaminants.

Why Choose Virgin Plastic over Recycled Plastic?

One of the main reasons for choosing virgin plastic is the lifespan and durability that it offers. Virgin plastic has a lifespan of over 100 years, compared to some of the membranes used in recycled plastic that only offers 5 years. The membranes in recycled plastic also offer less safety and strength compared to virgin plastic. Refurbished plastic suffers from plastic memory where plastic will shape back to its original form when heated, while virgin plastic has only one form, making it more durable against heat.

Find Out More on Virgin Plastic

For more information on virgin plastic and its different uses, please use our contact form to get in touch with one of our industry experts. We can also set up a meeting in our bottle showroom to go over the different options for your container needs.