Chemical Guidelines for Plastic

Chemical Guidelines for Plastic

By: Berlin Packaging Specialist
Date: November 11, 2019

Selecting the correct material for your package is important to ensure product compatibility. Below are characteristics for the most common resins. Need additional assistance? Contact a Berlin Packaging Consultant at 1.800.2.BERLIN to assist you in selecting the perfect package.

CHEMICAL GUIDELINES FOR PLASTICS CHART
Chemical  
LDPE
HDPE
PP
PVC
PET
PS
Acetic Acid, glacial  
B
A
A
D
D
D
Acetone  
B
A
A
D
D
D
Alcohol: Ethyl  
B
A
A
A
A
B
Alcohol: Methyl  
A
A
A
A
A
A
Alcohol: N-Propyl  
A
A
A
A
A
B
Aliphatic (Straight Chain) Hydrocarbons  
D
B
B
A
A
D
Ammonia 28%  
B
A
A
A
C
B
Battery Electrolyte  
A
A
A
B
B
B
Benzene, Xylene and other Aromatic Hydrocarbons  
D
D
D
D
D
D
Bromine, liquid  
D
D
B
D
D
D
Carbon Tetrachloride and other Chlorinated Hydrocarbons  
D
D
D
D
D
D
Chromic Acid below %  
A
A
A
A
A
B
Chromic Acid % or above  
B
A
A
A
C
D
Dipropylene Glycol  
A
A
A
A
C
A
Ethers, simple  
D
D
D
B
C
D
Ethyl Acetate and other Simple Esters  
B
B
B
D
D
D
Ethylene Glycol  
A
A
A
A
B
A
Formaldehyde 36%  
A
A
A
A
C
D
Formic Acid  
A
A
A
A
C
B
Gasoline  
D
B
B
B
B
D
Hexachlorophene  
B
A
C
B
C
C
Hydrobromic Acid 48%  
A
A
B
A
C
B
Hydrochloric (muriatic) Acid 36% or 22.4º Be  
A
A
A
A
B
B
Hydrofluoric Acid up to 52%  
A
A
A
A
C
D
Hydrofluosilicic Acid up to 26%  
A
A
C
C
C
B
Hydrogen Peroxide up to %  
A
A
A
A
A
B
Kerosene, Naphtha, Mineral Spirits, Petroleum, Distillate or Stoddard Solvent  
D
B
C
B
B
D
Mercury, metal  
A
A
A
A
C
A
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)  
B
B
B
D
D
D
MEK Peroxide  
C
A
C
D
C
D
Nitric Acid under 20%  
A
A
A
A
A
D
Nitric Acid 20-70%  
B
B
B
A
C
D
Oxalic Acid  
A
A
A
A
C
A
Phenol  
B
B
A
B
D
D
Phosphoric Acid 85% or 59º Be  
A
A
A
A
C
B
Potassium Hydroxide  
A
A
A
A
C
B
Quaternary Ammonium Salt Solutions  
A
A
A
A
C
B
Sodium Hydroxide  
A
A
A
A
B
B
Sodium Hypochlorite to 6% available Chloride  
A
A
A
A
C
B
Sodium Hypochlorite 7-15% available Chloride  
A
A
B
A
C
B
Sulphuric Acid, cond. to 93% or 66º Be  
B
B
A
B
D
D
Trichloroethane  
D
D
B
A
A
D
Turpentine  
D
D
B
A
A
D
Water  
A
A
A
A
A
A