Plastic is an important resource for the packaging industry, as is cosmetics packaging. ABS and PET are both variants of thermoplastics and are widely used in cosmetic packaging. The two are compared in terms of product protection, strength-to-weight ratio, and adherence to innovative design dynamics, which is an important part of the business. So here are some basic instructions, including what is what, their pros and cons on specific standards, their views on the environment, and ultimately helping cosmetic manufacturers choose the right packaging solution for a variety of products.


Both ABS and PET are thermo-soft plastic polymers that can be molded at high temperatures and are suitable for all of the above standards. In addition, the same "moldable" properties make them "recyclable". As a result, these two polymers are highly sought after for the permanent results of thermoset plastics. However, there are further differences in the properties of the two interconnected composites of ABS and PET, which may affect the decision of cosmetic manufacturers to choose the ideal material for a particular product.

Therefore, before making a comparison, understand the core nature of the two.


What is ABS plastic
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) thermoplastics are particularly different because of their high strength and impact resistance that make them thermoformable. This means that ABS is highly adaptable to heterogeneous structural applications, which makes it particularly worthwhile for making tiny, detail-oriented containers that need to be highly durable throughout the entire life and detailed availability of cosmetics. Lipstick containers, powder containers, and mascara tubes are some typical examples of products that can be packaged in ABS plastic.


Even if ABS can be molded at a pyrolysis temperature of about 400 ° C, it can withstand a lot of wear and tear, even if it is dropped many times, it can even improve the insulation performance to maintain the static consistency of the cosmetics, even if it is in its habitat In the wet area of ​​the wallet. Therefore, ABS is an excellent supporter of push tubes for oil-based and wax-based chopsticks, concealers, etc.

ABS is derived from oil and natural gas and consists of organic compounds such as styrene, acrylonitrile, and butadiene. A very distinctive feature about ABS is that it contains no halogens when pure. Therefore, according to various studies, it does not burn any POPs when it burns or melts, and it does not seem to have any carcinogens. However, it does produce toxic gaseous compounds, such as hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, at the boiling point or during 3D printing, which can be harmful to the environment in the long run, especially to the health of the air exposed to direct manufacturers for a long time.

What is PET plastic
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoplastics are derived from the same polyester resin that is used to make synthetic textiles for clothing and is one of the basic ingredients of engineering biodegradable plastics. PET is the most commonly used plastic in all packaging units, but the most important quality that makes PET a cosmetic packaging pet is its non-reactivity to moisture, which forms a strong moisture barrier for liquid and semi-liquid products such as emulsions And supplements. This is the same material used to package drinking water and soda, so it is safe to use.


The most common packaging made of PET are jars and bottles, often combined with fiberglass and other engineering resins, giving them higher strength and transparency-like glass, which can be transparent, translucent, or 3D Spray painted. Of course, this material also has thermoforming capabilities. In addition, PET also has an incredible viscosity, and despite being almost feathery, it still has a high degree of solidity. Despite being a polyester-based plastic, PET is not biodegradable, but is 100% recyclable, making it an effective alternative to "sustainable plastics."

Advantages and disadvantages of ABS and PET
From a material perspective, PET and ABS may look the same, but due to changes in container texture, performance, and overall appearance, the core strengths and weaknesses of the two are usually similar and opposite.

Pros and cons of ABS

Highly sturdy
Excellent finish
BPA-free and food-grade
Dynamically compatible with tiny modular designs

Toxic chemicals emerging during 3D printing and boiling may be harmful to manufacturing workers
Pros and cons of PET

Most environmentally friendly among its non-biodegradable thermoplastic counterparts
BPA-free and food-grade
Lightweight and sturdy

Stiffness is not sufficient to meet the requirements of miniature modules (such as flip mechanisms)

In contrast, ABS seems to be stronger than PET. On the other hand, PET is less harmful than ABS.

Choose the right material for your product
Different forms of plastic have different standards, especially EU regulations, as well as FDA or FDA & C recognition of certain safety standards. Environmental impact is another of the most critical themes of the plastic packaging industry's re-examination. This is a good thing that needs constant understanding. Whether you choose inventory packaging or custom packaging, always follow the basic standards of an ISO-certified manufacturer and keep track of all other regulations and compliance guidelines imposed by the government in your jurisdiction. 

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