Charpak design and manufacture products using an extensive range of plastics materials.


  • All materials Charpak use are produced from either recycled grade plastic, or are fully reusable or recyclable
  • Charpak mark all* manufactured products with the correct plastics recycling symbol to aid recycling (*with the exception of lids)
  • Charpak offer closed loop recycled materials – with 100% traceability of material. Charpak can control the product quality based on our clients’ requirement of plastics source
  • Charpak’s PET packaging contains 50% PCW (post consumer waste) and up to 40% PIW (post industrial waste).


Charpak manufacture packaging using PET, CPET, Bio-PET, PP, HIPS, Flocked materials and PVC. Charpak products are manufactured predominantly from clear and black rPET.


Find out more about the types of PET on our PET Explained page or visit our FAQs.  


Charpak do not advocate the use of PVC unless absolutely required by clients.  Charpak will be PVC FREE by the end of 2018.


The plastic polymer material types are explained further below, with their common uses.

PET Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET forms the basis for the following types of plastics: rPET APET CPET Bio-PET.  The majority of Charpak’s packaging is manufactured from PET.  For more information on Charpak’s PET packaging click here

PROPERTIES: PET is a clear, tough plastic, providing solvent resistant barrier to gas and moisture. PET softens at 80° and is best used for ambient and chilled products in food and non-food packaging.


PET is Widely recycled


CHARPAK PRODUCTS: Food packaging, pots, containers, transit trays, plastic trays, presentation packaging, shelf-ready trays, lids and moulds.

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PP Polypropylene


PROPERTIES: PP is a hard and flexible material and with a waxy surface. PP softens at 140°C and offers a high performance particularly for food packaging. Recyclable


CHARPAK PRODUCTS: Moulds and microwaveable products

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PS Polystyrene


PROPERTIES: PS is lightweight packaging material and provides good water resistance and durability.  PS is hard, stiff, transparent and brittle. PS helps keep dry and wet food products fresher for longer minimising food waste.


Easily thermoformable into multiple shapes, and available in a variety of thickness of micron.  Recyclable


CHARPAK PRODUCTS: Tearable moulds, confectionery trays, and chocolate packaging

PVC Polyvinyl Chloride


PROPERTIES: PVC-P is plasticised PVC and is flexible, clear and elastic.  Charpak manufacture in PVC, though only manufacture when a client specifies PVC is required.


CHARPAK PRODUCTS: Some clam packs and market specific heat sealed trays are manufactured from PVC.


Charpak will be PVC FREE by the end of 2018.

OTHER Often Polycarbonate or ABS


PROPERTIES: All other resins that are not classified in the categories 1-6 are referred to in this category.  Other includes multi materials such as laminates and coated materials such as flocked plastics.


Properties are dependent on the particular plastic. Speak to the Charpak Technical Team for any materials that are required to be manufactured from Other plastics.  Commercially recyclable


USED FOR: Automotive and appliance components

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