Multilayer flexible films are made up of multiple layers of different materials that are combined to provide specific properties, such as barrier protection, strength, and heat resistance. In the case of a Lay’s potato chip bag, the aluminized layer on the inside provides a barrier to light, air, and moisture, helping to keep the chips fresh for longer.
On the other hand, single-layer flexible films, such as a grocery bag made from LDPE, are made from a single layer of material. This type of film is typically less expensive and easier to produce than multilayer films, but it may not have the same barrier properties or other performance characteristics
The choice between single-layer and multilayer flexible films often comes down to the specific needs of the application. For products that require long shelf life and protection from environmental factors, multilayer films may be a better choice. For applications where cost is a primary concern, single-layer films may be more suitable.
Here are some examples of single-layer plastic films:
Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) film, which is often used for grocery bags, food packaging, and other applications where a low-cost, flexible film is required.
Polypropylene (PP) film, which is used for a wide range of applications, including food packaging, labels, and wrapping materials.
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film, which is used for beverage bottles, food packaging, and other applications where a strong, lightweight film is required.
And here are some examples of multi-layer plastic films:
Biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film, which is used for food packaging, labeling, and other applications where high clarity and barrier properties are required.
Laminated aluminum foil film, which is used for food packaging, such as snack food and candy wrappers, and other applications where a high barrier to light, air, and moisture is required.
Co-extruded polyethylene film, which is used for food packaging, such as frozen food packaging, and other applications where high strength and barrier properties are required.
It’s worth noting that these examples are not exhaustive, and there are many other types of single and multi-layer plastic films available for a wide range of applications.