The difference between Cellophane and Polypropylene

  • Cellophane is a thin, transparent sheet made of regenerated cellulose. Its low permeability to air, oils, greases, bacteria, and water makes it useful for food packaging.
  • Cellophane sales have dwindled since the 1960s, due to alternative packaging options. The polluting effects of carbon disulfide and other by-products of the process used to make viscose may have also contributed to this; however, cellophane itself is 100% biodegradable, and that has increased its popularity as a food wrapping.
  • So, Cellophane is a breathable, biodegradable product.  It is good for food packaging but it is not recommended for long term food storage as the breathability can shorten the shelf life of food products.
  • Cellophane is a better option for the environment as it will breakdown fully in landfill unlike plastic or polypropylene bags
  • Polypropylene is a non-breathable, non-biodegradable plastic.  
  • Polypropylene bags are clearer and will keep food products fresher for longer.
  • Some people call Polypropylene bags, “cellophane” bags, but be careful as they may not be genuine cellophane.
  • Polypropylene is cheaper
  • Polypropylene is not bio-degradable