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Polypropylene Tape from Macfarlane Packaging

Polypropylene tape, commonly referred to as PP tape, is a versatile and widely used packaging tape. Its range of benefits makes it attractive across various industries.

All our polypropylene tape is made from 25-micron polypropylene. We offer polypropylene tape in value, eco, and standard ranges. It is available in six different widths and three lengths. We offer clear packaging tape and brown packaging tape in our polypropylene range. Low-noise tape is also available. Our polypropylene packing tape uses a range of adhesives, including acrylic, hot melt and solvent.

This economical type of self-adhesive packing tape is moisture-resistant and highly durable. The material is also suitable for use in cold chain conditions.

Whether it’s for sealing cardboard boxes, bundling products, or securing packages for transit, polypropylene tape is a reliable and efficient choice for sealing.

Quick facts about our polypropylene tape

  • Choose from value, eco and standard polypropylene tapes
  • Available in six different widths and three different lengths
  • Clear packing tape and brown packing tape available in our polypropylene tape range
  • Various adhesives on offer including acrylic, hot melt and solvent based adhesives.

Our range of Value Polypropylene Tapes

(mm x m)
Size (mm)
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344268StandardClear48 x 66257536ENQUIRE NOW
344273StandardBuff48 x 66257536ENQUIRE NOW
344271Low NoiseClear48 x 66287536ENQUIRE NOW
344266Low NoiseBuff48 x 66287536ENQUIRE NOW

Environmental Impact Rating – Value Polypropylene Tape

Our Environmental Impact Rating (EIR) shows an OPRL recycling label, the recycling category of the packaging material and the recycled content contained in the material.


do not recycle


5 pp

Recycled Content

30 min

Value tapes use a water-based acrylic adhesive.

Our range of Standard Polypropylene Tapes

(mm x m)
Size (mm)
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000386Hot MeltBuff25 x 66257572ENQUIRE NOW
000153Hot MeltClear25 x 66257572BUY NOW
002648Hot MeltBuff48 x 66257536BUY NOW
009003Hot MeltClear48 x 66257536ENQUIRE NOW
009006Hot MeltBuff48 x 132257536BUY NOW
002645Hot MeltClear48 x 132257536BUY NOW
000241Hot MeltBuff72 x 66257524BUY NOW
000243Hot MeltClear72 x 66257524ENQUIRE NOW
009109Low Noise
Buff48 x 66307536BUY NOW
009023Low Noise
Clear48 x 66307536BUY NOW
009012SolventClear12 x 662575144ENQUIRE NOW
009013SolventClear19 x 66257596ENQUIRE NOW
009014SolventClear25 x 66257572ENQUIRE NOW
009019SolventBuff48 x 66257536BUY NOW
009017SolventClear48x 66257536BUY NOW
009020SolventBuff48x 132257536ENQUIRE NOW
009018SolventClear48x 132257536ENQUIRE NOW
009022SolventBuff75x 66757524BUY NOW
009120SolventClear75x 66757524BUY NOW

Environmental Impact Rating – Polypropylene Tape

Our Environmental Impact Rating (EIR) shows an OPRL recycling label, the recycling category of the packaging material and the recycled content contained in the material.


do not recycle


5 pp

Recycled Content

0 recycled

Our range of Eco Polypropylene Tapes

(mm x m)
Size (mm)
Buy or Enquire
344264Clear2548 x 2005036ENQUIRE NOW
344272Brown2548 x 2005036ENQUIRE NOW

Eco tape offers an acrylic adhesive.

Environmental Impact Rating – Eco Polypropylene Tape

Our Environmental Impact Rating (EIR) shows an OPRL recycling label, the recycling category of the packaging material and the recycled content contained in the material.


do not recycle


5 pp

Recycled Content

30 min

Download our FREE packing tape guide

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Our FREE guide to packing tape will help you:

  • Find information about different packing tape available from Macfarlane Packaging including polypropylene tape, paper tape and more.
  • Learn about packaging automation, packaging and recycling in relation to packaging tape.
  • Find answers to some of the frequently asked questions related to packing tape.
  • Help find the right packing tape solution for your business with guides to material type and packing tape adhesives.

Polypropylene Tape FAQs

What is polypropylene tape used for?

Polypropylene tape, often referred to as PP tape, is a type of packaging tape made from polypropylene, a thermoplastic polymer. It is commonly used for various applications, primarily in packaging and sealing. Here are some common uses of polypropylene tape:

  • Carton Sealing: One of the most common uses of polypropylene tape is for sealing cardboard boxes and cartons. It is used in shipping and logistics to secure packages and prevent them from opening during transit.
  • Packaging: Polypropylene tape is used in packaging for a wide range of products, from food items to consumer electronics. It helps keep the packaging intact and provides tamper-evident features.
  • General Sealing: This tape can be used for sealing various types of containers, envelopes, and bags, including plastic bags commonly used in retail and grocery stores.
  • Binding: Polypropylene tape can be used for bundling and binding items together. For example, it is often used in offices to bind together stacks of paper or files.
  • Temporary Repairs: In a pinch, polypropylene tape can be used for temporary repairs, such as fixing minor tears or sealing gaps.
  • Label Protection: It is used to protect labels on packages from smudging, moisture, or damage during shipping and handling.
  • Art and Craft Projects: Polypropylene tape is sometimes used in art and craft projects for its adhesive properties and flexibility.
  • Splicing: In industrial settings, it can be used for splicing rolls of paper, film, or other materials during manufacturing processes.
  • Colour Coding: Coloured polypropylene tape is often used for colour coding items in warehouses or for organising and marking items.
  • Economical Taping: Polypropylene tape is cost-effective, which makes it a preferred choice for many businesses, especially those that use large quantities of packaging tape.

It is important to note that there are different grades and types of polypropylene tape available, including acrylic-based and hot-melt adhesive options. The choice of tape depends on specific needs, such as whether it needs to withstand extreme temperatures, have high adhesion, or be easily removable.

Is polypropylene tape the same as packing tape?

Polypropylene tape is a type of packing tape, but not all packing tapes are made from polypropylene. Packing tape is a broad category that encompasses various types of adhesive tapes used for sealing and securing packages, boxes, and cartons.

Other common types of packing tapes include:

  • Acrylic Tape: This type of packing tape is made with an acrylic adhesive. It’s known for its clarity, UV resistance, and long-term durability. Acrylic tape is often used for sealing packages that will be exposed to sunlight during transit.
  • Hot-Melt Tape: Hot-melt packing tape is known for its strong adhesive properties. It adheres quickly and securely to a wide range of surfaces and materials. It’s commonly used for sealing heavy or high-stress packages.
  • Gummed Paper Tape: This type of tape requires water to activate the adhesive. It forms a very strong bond with carton surfaces and is often used for sealing packages that need extra security, especially in humid environments.
  • Filament Tape: Filament tape is reinforced with fiberglass filaments to provide extra strength and tear resistance. It’s often used for bundling heavy or irregularly shaped items.
  • Masking Tape: While not typically used as a primary sealing tape, masking tape can be used for labelling and light packaging. It’s easily removable and leaves little to no residue.
  • Duct Tape: Duct tape, while not specifically a packing tape, is known for its versatility and strength. It’s often used for temporary repairs and bundling, but it may not be suitable for all packaging needs.

So, while polyprop tape is indeed a type of packing tape, it is one option among several, each with its own characteristics and best-use scenarios. The choice of packing tape depends on factors such as the type of package, the environment it will be exposed to, and the specific requirements for sealing and securing the contents.

What is the difference between PVC and polypropylene tape?

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) tape and polypropylene tape are two different types of adhesive tapes, and they have distinct characteristics and best-use scenarios. Here are the key differences between these two types of tape:

Material Composition:

  • PVC Tape: PVC tape is made from polyvinyl chloride, a type of plastic. PVC is known for its durability and resistance to moisture, chemicals, and UV rays. PVC tape is often used for applications where these properties are important, such as in outdoor or industrial settings.
  • Polypropylene Tape: Polypropylene tape, on the other hand, is made from polypropylene, another type of plastic. Polypropylene is lightweight and has good chemical resistance but may not be as durable in harsh outdoor conditions as PVC.

Adhesive Type:

  • PVC Tape: PVC tape typically uses a rubber-based adhesive. This adhesive provides good initial tack (the ability to stick quickly) and adhesion to a wide range of surfaces.
  • Polypropylene Tape: Polypropylene tape often uses an acrylic-based adhesive. Acrylic adhesive tends to have good temperature resistance and can maintain its adhesive properties over time, making it suitable for various applications.

Common Uses:

  • PVC Tape: PVC tape is commonly used for electrical insulation due to its excellent electrical insulating properties and durability. It’s also used for general-purpose sealing and bundling where resistance to moisture and chemicals is important.
  • Polypropylene Tape: Polypropylene tape is frequently used for carton sealing and general packaging. It is a cost-effective choice for sealing cardboard boxes and cartons. It’s not as well-suited for electrical insulation or applications requiring high resistance to harsh chemicals.


  • PVC Tape: PVC tape is known for its flexibility, which allows it to conform to irregular shapes and surfaces. This property makes it suitable for applications where the tape needs to wrap around or adhere to curved objects.
  • Polypropylene Tape: Polypropylene tape is generally less flexible than PVC tape. While it can still adhere to some curved surfaces, it may not conform as readily as PVC tape.

Colour and Appearance:

  • PVC Tape: PVC tape is available in various colours, including electrical tape in colours like black, red, and blue.
  • Polypropylene Tape: Polypropylene tape is often clear or tan, but it can also be found in various colours for packaging and labelling purposes.

In summary, the choice between PVC tape and polypropylene packing tape depends on the specific requirements of your application. PVC tape is often chosen for its durability, moisture resistance, and electrical insulation properties. Polyprop tape is favoured for cost-effective carton sealing and general packaging but may not be as suitable for applications that require resistance to harsh chemicals or extreme outdoor conditions.

Is polypropylene tape waterproof?

Polypropylene (pp) tape is resistant to water, but it is not entirely waterproof. It is important to distinguish between water-resistant and waterproof:

Water-Resistant: when equipped with an acrylic adhesive, pp tape offers some resistance to moisture, and can withstand exposure to mild humidity and brief contact with water without losing its adhesive properties. This makes it suitable for sealing packages that may encounter occasional exposure to moisture during shipping or storage.

Waterproof: A truly waterproof tape is designed to create an impermeable barrier that prevents any water from passing through it. While polyprop tape can resist some moisture, it is not waterproof in the same way that, for example, water-activated tape or certain specialised sealing tapes are. Water-activated tape, as the name suggests, forms a water-resistant bond when activated with water, providing a stronger barrier against moisture.

So, if you need a tape that provides a high level of waterproofing, you may want to consider other options, especially for applications where the contents must be protected from prolonged exposure to water, rain, or submersion. However, for general packaging and sealing in relatively dry conditions or occasional exposure to moisture, polypropylene tape can be a suitable choice due to its cost-effectiveness and good overall performance.polypropylene tape

Tape Customisation Service

Most types of tape offered by Macfarlane Packaging can be customised. We can provide a range of colours to suit brand requirements and print logos, brand, or other messages. Ask us for more information about custom tape.

Custom Polypropylene Tape Macfarlane Packaging

Polypropylene Tape wholesale available across the UK and beyond. You can have polypro packing tape delivered to you from one of our regional distribution centres. UK delivery is available to and around the following locations:

Aberdeen, Aylesbury, Banbury, Barnsley, Bath, Bedford, Bicester, Birmingham , Bolton, Bradford, Bridgewater, Bridport, Bristol, Burton-upon-Trent , Cambridge, Chelmsford , Cheltenham, Chester , Chichester, Colchester Cornwall, Coventry, Crewe, Derby, Devon, Dewsbury, Dudley, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Essex, Exeter, Fareham, Gateshead, Glasgow Glossop Gloucester, Grantham, Harlow, Heathrow, Hemel Hempstead, Hereford, High Wycombe, Horsham, Hull, Inverness, Isle of Wight, Kent, Kidderminster, Lancaster  Leamington Spa, Leeds, Lincoln, Liverpool , London , Luton , Manchester, Middlesborough, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Norfolk, North Wales , Northampton, Nottingham , Oldham, Oxford , Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, Slough, Somerset , Somerton, South Shields, South Wales, Stafford, Stockport , Stoke-on-Trent , Stratford-Upon-Avon, Sudbury, Sunderland, Surrey, Sussex , Teesside, Telford, Uxbridge, Wakefield, Walsall, Warrington, Warwick , Watford, Wigan, Windsor, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Wrexham, Yeovil, York.

You can also have pp packing tape from Macfarlane Packaging delivered across Ireland and Continental Europe. Click to find your closest UK location or nearest Continental European site.