Some insights on polypropylene strap band


Polypropylene strap is made from primary or recycled PP and is used to secure loads onto pallets or to group items for shipment. This is the most common and most economical type of plastic strap band. It usually comes in a variety of colors, widths and thicknesses. Polypropylene strap can also be branded with a print for marketing purposes.

This strap has an embossed surface which facilitates its grip when tensioned and gives greater elasticity before breaking. Polypropylene strap is a good solution for light to medium applications and is ideal for sealing and reinforcing cartons, as well as for securing lighter pallet loads.

Polypropylene strap bands are used in a number of applications such as:

  • Group packaging of printed materials, timber and pipes
  • Sealing and securing cardboard boxes
  • Securing loads onto pallets
  • Packaging of agricultural products
  • Packaging of textile products

PP strap can be used with a variety of strapping machines, hand tools and dispensers. It is much safer to work with than steel straps, which require workers to wear safety glasses and gloves. It takes experience to use steel strap properly and avoid its wasting. For inexperienced workers, polypropylene straps are much safer and easier to use.

Polypropylene strap can be manually applied using reliable and robust battery-powered tools or mechanical tensioners, while semi-automatic and automated strapping machines are used in larger production lines for high performance strapping.




When strapping a pallet load with PP strap, plastic and cardboard edge protectors will help you distribute the pressure evenly and prevent the strap from being deformed or cut into the products. PP strap can be sealed by means of friction, fastener or buckle.

Most plastic straps can be recycled, where the company using it needs only to arrange collection, shipping or transportation of the used straps to recycling centre.


What are the disadvantages of polypropilene strap?

  • Polypropylene may lose some of its elasticity after placement. It does not have high elastic qualities and, once tesioned, it cannot restore them. If the packed load or package can be filled and take the strain, this would not be a problem.
  • Another disadvantage could be the tendency of the strap to crack lengthwise under adverse weather conditions such as UV exposure and temperature changes.
  • It is better to be used for lighter loads, avoiding for example palletized bricks and concrete tiles. Instead, you can choose a more suitable strap such as PET or steel for example.

If your pallets or packages need to travel longer distances, are heavy and require stability or repeated loading and unloading, then PP strap will not be the best choice. Straps that can endure significant stress such as steel or polyester would definitely be more suitable.


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