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What Makes Polyethylene Foam So Popular?

November 20, 2017

Foam is one of the most diverse materials a business can use, as it can be manufactured in many forms. One of the most common types used is polyethylene foam, sometimes shortened to PE foam. This foam is diverse enough that it does not have one single “main use;” it can be used as protective packaging, for padding in racing cars, or even simply to create pool noodles. Its outstanding dimensional stability, non-abrasive nature, and recovery properties against repeated impacts make it a popular choice across many industries. Other advantages that this brings to both its manufacturers and users include: 

  • Cost-effective option for packaging
  • Easy to fabricate
  • Lightweight material
  • Thermal insulation
  • Water-resistant
  • Ozone friendly; CFC-free
  • Offers cube optimization
  • Excellent buoyancy 
  • Protected from mold and bacteria
  • Reusable and recyclable

Thanks to these advantages, there are many uses for polyethylene foam.

One of the more common uses of polyethylene foam is in packaging; it can be used to pack furniture, electronics, computer parts, sporting goods, metal or glass products, frozen foods, and many more. Apart from packaging, this foam is used in the automotive, sports and leisure, construction, void fill, medical, military, recreational, and agricultural industries. For such a relatively simple product to be as flexible and strong as it is, it is unsurprising that it appears very commonly in the industrial world.


The other significant element of these foam products is that they go above and beyond safeguarding consumer goods by protecting the environment as well. Polyethylene foam is completely recyclable, which makes it a terrific option for business as well as for the environment.


For over thirty years, Alcot Plastics has been working with polyethylene, and with similar products, to serve a wide variety of needs across several industries. Our expertise comes from our vast experience, and we know to only use the best resources and technologies available, as well as the best materials. For any of your needs that could be met through polyethylene – or with any other plastics – contact us today!