HIPS plastic is another name for High Impact Polystyrene – a popular and versatile branch of plastics.

This durable plastic is a tough, rigid plastic which can be moulded, routered, sawn and guillotined for packaging, toys, signage and point of sale.

As it is a thermoplastic it can be shaped easily using heat and moulding processes, making it highly versatile. We have provided a definitive list of some of the uses of high impact polystyrene below:

HIPS Plastic | What is High Impact Polystyrene Used For?

  • Models and prototypes
  • Shelves
  • Kiosks
  • Point-of-purchase displays
  • Printed graphics
  • Thermoformed machine housings and parts
  • Signage
  • Toys
  • Hot and cold drinking cups
  • Computer housings
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Fixtures

The list goes on…


Recycle hips plastic

HIPS plastic has very high tensile strength and low volatility and is also perfect for recycling because it never thermosets so can be re-moulded further down the line into a different product.

However it is by no means biodegradable, so on the other end of the environmental spectrum it’s actually rather bad if used for packaging and headed for landfill. Therefore, it’s always best to recycle hips plastic rather than binning it.

This includes old or broken toys, plastic party cups and much much more that you wouldn’t always think as recyclable.  

Hips plastic is manufactured in sheets but can be made into various shapes and forms using plastic injection moulding and extrusion processes.


Leading thermoplastic suppliers

As leading thermoplastic suppliers, we offer an extensive range of colours, dimensions and textures of hips plastic all at highly competitive prices.

Having our own nationwide delivery service ensures you will receive your products as soon as possible, in the condition they left our warehouse.

We pride ourselves on our speedy turnaround and high standards of customer satisfaction, and continue to offer next day delivery on all products.

We stock a vast range of standard polystyrene sheets, however, if you require specific dimensions for your order then we offer a fantastic bespoke design service, where our team will ensure you get the most appropriate material for your project at the best price.


Contact us

For all your plastic enquiries give us a call on 0116 276 6363 to see how we can help or organise a free quote. Visit our web-site for more information on our full product range.

We hope you’ve found this article useful, you might also like to read our previous blog on polystyrene sheets.