Cellophane vs. Polypropylene

Polypropylene and cellophane have major differences. Learn what you need to know to make the right choice for your business.

Polypropylene and cellophane bags often both get referred to as “Cello” bags. But, they have major differences.

Neither is “better” than the other. Both make sense, depending on your business’s circumstances and customers’ needs. The FDA has approved both for use in packaging consumer and business products.

Take a minute to learn the advantages and disadvantages of polypropylene and cellophane:

Advantages of Polypropylene

You may choose polypropylene for your bags because it:

  • Costs less than cellophane. This makes more sense when you need functional (instead of beautiful) packaging.
  • Has similar clarity to cellophane. Even though polypropylene costs less, you don’t sacrifice any clarity or quality. Its ability to present your products matches cellophane.
  • Does not have a natural dead-fold. If you attempt to bend and fold polypropylene in a fixed position, it fights to return to its original position. If you have to bag clothes to ship, for example, polypropylene bags make more sense.
  • Offers better protection than cellophane. If it’s important to your customer to protect your bag’s contents, polypropylene makes more sense. Polypropylene has more stiffness, resists tearing, and prevents oils from leaking through.

Disadvantages of Polypropylene

Polypropylene isn’t perfect for every situation. No packaging material is.

Here’s a few situations where it doesn’t make sense:

  • If your bag will be exposed to high temperatures. Polypropylene is susceptible to higher temperatures and can lose its shape. However, we do have special polypropylene bags available for microwave and grilling products.
  • Doesn’t work well for products that require moisture breathing.  Polypropylene has a high barrier to keep moisture and oxygen out not in.

Reasons You’d Choose Cellophane

So, now you have a basic understanding of polypropylene. Now, take some time to learn about cellophane.

While it costs more than polypropylene, it also has a number of benefits. Some you don’t get with polypropylene. Its benefits include:

  • Allowing moisture through. Because cellophane allows moisture through more easily than polypropylene, it works much better for packaging all kinds of foods. It makes perfect sense for certain products such as vegetables, microwavable products, and much more.
  • A natural dead-fold. This means cellophane naturally stays in the position you fold it. It does not immediately spring back to its original position like polypropylene.
  • Giving your products an amazing presentation. Cellophane has a bright, glossy transparency. If you have a luxury product, or one highly reliant on its looks to sell, cellophane makes sense. Chocolate and candy makers often use cellophane, for example.
  • Cellophane is environmentally friendly and makes perfect sense for customers who value businesses friendly to the earth. Advertising this can be a powerful marketing technique.

Disadvantages of Cellophane

Cellophane’s doesn’t make perfect sense in every situation either. Two drawbacks include:

  • Cellophane’s sticky nature actually works for and against it. With some products, this may annoy your customer by making unwrapping inconvenient.
  • Easily rips and tears. Cellophane is weaker than polypropylene, which means pointed products inside could easily tear it.
  • Decreased product shelf-life. Have a food product that may be on the shelves for a while? You might want to consider polypropylene.

You now have a beginning understanding polypropylene and cellophane bags. Need to experience both for yourself so you can make choose the right one for your product and customers?

Find out how you can get free sample polypropylene and cellophane bags when you call 770.734.9626 or contact us online today.