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Custom Thermoformed Plastic Food Trays

SKU Custom-Thermoforming-PlasticFoodTrays

Material: PET…
Size: As client requested
Color: Multi-color options
Logo: As client requested
Process: Thick-gauge thermoforming
OEM Service: Yes

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What material thermoformed food trays are made of?

Thermoformed food trays can be made from various materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages:

Common materials:

  • PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate): This widely used material offers good clarity, strength, and barrier properties, making it suitable for various food applications. It’s also often recyclable, contributing to sustainability efforts.
  • PP (Polypropylene): Known for its high durability, chemical resistance, and heat tolerance, PP is commonly used for trays containing hot or oily foods. However, it might not be as transparent as PET.
  • PS (Polystyrene): This lightweight and cost-effective material is often used for single-use trays. However, its environmental impact and potential health concerns due to potential styrene migration are raising concerns, leading to its declining use in some regions.

Emerging alternatives:

  • PLA (Polylactic Acid): This bio-based and potentially compostable material is gaining traction as a sustainable alternative to traditional plastics. However, its heat resistance and moisture barrier properties might be limitations for some food applications.
  • CPLA (Crystallized Polylactic Acid): Offering better heat resistance and clarity compared to PLA, CPLA is another option for eco-conscious packaging choices.

Additional factors to consider:

  • Food type: The intended food content (e.g., acidic, greasy) can influence the most suitable material due to varying barrier properties and temperature requirements.
  • Regulations: Different regions might have restrictions on certain materials used in food packaging. It’s important to ensure compliance with relevant regulations.
  • Sustainability: Choosing materials with recycling options or those derived from renewable resources can contribute to environmental responsibility.

For specific information about the material used in a particular thermoformed food tray, you can often find it printed on the package itself or by contacting the manufacturer.

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