How Is HDPE Made?
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is one of the most common types of plastic materials. You may even handle it daily, as common items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles include HDPE.
What Is High-Density Polyethylene?
HDPE, in the simplest sense, is a long-chain polymer or plastic made from petroleum. All thermoplastic polymers are durable yet versatile enough to turn into different textures and thicknesses.
The Process of Making HDPE
How is HDPE made? The simple answer is a series of steps completed in controlled conditions. The three main steps include:
- Applying high levels of heat to petroleum
- Creating ethylene gas through “cracking”
- Creating polymers when gas molecules attach
After the third step, polyethylene may not look finished because it still needs to be formed into granules by putting the polyethylene through molds. The result is a strong and versatile material that can form a wide range of plastic products.
What Are the Benefits of HDPE?
HDPE has a high strength to density ratio, making it a very durable material. It is also resistant to mold and mildew, as well as scratches and dents.
Because it is made with 100% recyclable materials, HDPE is also an environmentally friendly plastic. During disposal, HDPE can be recycled instead of dumped in a landfill because of its post-consumer content.
Another benefit of HDPE is that it is safe for users and the environment — it does not contain harmful phthalates or BPA. Those who use or are around it will not be exposed to harmful fumes, and it does not release toxic waste into the environment.
High-Density Polyethylene Uses: Bathroom Partitions
At One Point Partitions, we have a line of solid plastic bathroom partitions made from HDPE plastic. Because of this material’s resistance to temperature, moisture and odors, we find that it works especially well for high-traffic restrooms. Whether installed in a mall, locker room or school, partitions featuring HDPE are durable and can stand up to daily wear and tear.
Design a Durable and Eco-Friendly Restroom With One Point Partitions
Whether you are renovating an existing space or creating a new bathroom, One Point Partitions offers 16 different solid plastic color options ranging from neutrals to eye-catching bright hues. You can easily match colors to an existing space or create any kind of design.
We construct all of our partitions using only the highest quality American-made parts. Additionally, our solid plastic partitions come with a 25-year warranty.
You can test out our HDPE partitions and see if they would fit inside your bathroom with our online pricing and layout tool. Our industry experts are also happy to help you create a custom design. Just let us know your specifications and preferences, and we will get to work creating a custom design for your restroom.
Please contact us with any questions or request free samples of our solid plastic bathroom partitions.