Polythene FAQs

What is polythene?
Polythene is a lightweight, durable thermoplastic with variable crystalline structure. It is one of the most widely produced plastics in the world (tens of millions of tons are produced worldwide each year). Polythene is made from the polymerization of ethylene (or ethene) monomer.

How is Polythene made?
Polythene is made by several methods by addition polymerization of ethene, which is principally produced by the cracking of ethane and propane, naphtha and gas oil.

What does µm mean?
µm is a micron which is a unit of measurement. A micron (µm) is a thickness measurement 1µm = 0.0010mm. Usually used in the thickness measurement of polythene such as polythene aprons.

Can you recycle polythene?
Polythene is widely recycled but you will need to check if your local authority collects it with the recycling.

Can you be allergic to polythene or anything in it?
You can be allergic to polythene products although it is very rare.

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