LDPE Bottles

Nalgene low density polyethylene bottles combine squeezable flexibility with our guaranteed leakproof* performance. They are compatible with a wide range of lab reagents, remain flexible down to -76°C, and cost less than many other materials—making them a good choice for many applications.

Low density polyethylene bottles provide very good chemical compatibility with a wide variety of lab reagents including most acids, bases, alcohols, aldehydes, esters, and aliphatic hydrocarbons.

For chemical compatibility ratings by specific chemical and application temperature, consult the   Nalgene Chemical Resistance Guide, or request a copy of the printed wall chart. Low density polyethylene bottles are made only from high quality laboratory grade resin materials that comply with a number of regulatory specifications including: USP Class VI, EP monographs, EU food-contact directives, CONEG, RoHS, CA Prop 65, SARA Title III Sec. 313, and 21 CFR pt 177.15201 for food contact. For regulatory claims  and certifications applicable to specific Nalgene bottles, please contact   Nalgene Regulatory Support.

For help selecting the Thermo Scientific Nalgene bottle that's perfect for your lab applications, use our online selection guide. For personal assistance, contact the   Nalgene technical support team.


Narrow-Mouth Round
Lab Quality Bottle

(2003-series)
Large Narrow-Mouth
Round Bottle

(2202-series)
Wide-Mouth Round
Lab Quality Bottle

(2103-series)
Traditional reusable lab bottle
for long-term use,
critical applications
Larger size, rugged lab
quality construction
Traditional reusable lab bottle
for long-term use,
critical applications
LDPE bottle
PP Closure
LDPE bottle
PP Closure
LDPE bottle
PP Closure
Milky white translucent Milky white translucent Milky white translucent
8mL–1L 2L–8L 30mL–1L
Leakproof* Leakproof* Leakproof*
Temp range -76°C to 70°C Temp range -76°C to 70°C Temp range -76°C to 70°C
Not autoclavable Not autoclavable Not autoclavable
Complies with Part 21
CFR 177.1520
for food use1
Complies with Part 21
CFR 177.1520
for food use1
Complies with Part 21
CFR 177.1520
for food use1
BPA-Free  BPA-Free  BPA-Free 
Phthalate-free Phthalate-free Phthalate-free

General chemical compatibility

  Narrow-Mouth Round 
Lab Quality Bottle

(2003-series)
Large Narrow-Mouth 
Round Bottle

(2202-series)
Wide-Mouth Round
Lab Quality Bottle

(2103-series)
Acids, dilute or weak E E E
Acids^ strong, concentrated G G G
Alcohols, aliphatic E E E
Aldehydes G G G
Bases/alkali E E E
Esters G G G
Hydrocarbons, aliphatic F F F
Hydrocarbons, aromatic  N N N
Hydrocarbons, halogenated  N N N
Ketones, aromatic N N N
Oxidizing agents, strong F F F

For a more detailed chemical resistance guide by chemical and application temperature, please refer to Chemical resistance guide or request a printed poster for your lab or contact Nalgene Technical Support.

 E  No damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20 o
 G  Little or no damage after 30 days constant exposure at 20oC
 F  Some effect after 7 days constant exposure at 20oC
 N  Not recommended. Immediate damage may occur.

Footnote:
1. HDPE and LDPE are acceptable for: Nonacid, aqueous products; may contain salt, sugar or both (pH above 5.0). Dairy products and modifications; oil-in-water emulsions, high or low fat. Moist bakery products with surface containing no free fat or oil. Dry solids with the surfaces containing no free fat or oil (no end-test required) and under all conditions as described in Table 2 of FDA Regulation 177.1520 except condition A - high temperature sterilization (e.g. over 100° C / 212° F)

*The term “leakproof” applies to Thermo Scientific Nalgene products that meet the following criteria: a) Bottle/flask/funnel closure systems with closures smaller than 100mm, after they are filled with water, inverted, withstand air pressure of 2psig for 2 minutes, and no water escapes;. b) Bottle/funnel/flask closure systems of larger than 100mm after they are filled with water, inverted for 15 minutes, and no water escapes. Note: these tests, using other liquids, may not yield the same results. To ensure safe usage, customers are advised to test Thermo Scientific Nalgene bottles and closures under conditions of their planned applications. Thermo Scientific Nalgene products are leakproof at ambient temperature and pressure when used with their Nalgene closures.
^Except for oxidizing acids, see "Oxidizing acids, strong."


Technical support

For assistance choosing products appropriate for your application, please speak with a Nalgene Technical Support Representative team by phone at +1.585.586.8800 or (1.800.625.4327 US toll free), or email your request to
   technicalsupport@thermofisher.com.

In Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom please contact technical support by phone at +800 1234 9696 (toll free) or +49.6184.90.6321, or email your request to   techsupport.labproducts.eu@thermofisher.com.

Regulatory Support: For regulatory documentation of product or material claims, please contact Nalgene Regulatory Support at   RocRegSupport@thermofisher.com.

Resources

Additional resources
  • Break the Glass Habit Brochure
  • Bottle and Carboy Selection Guide
  • Plastic Properties Reference Magnet
  • Plastic Labware Chemical Resistance Wall Poster

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