Polyethylene (PE), light, versatile synthetic resin made from the polymerisation of ethylene.

Polyethylene is a member of the important family of polyolefin resins.

It is the most widely used plastic in the world, being made into products ranging from clear food wrap and shopping bags to detergent bottles and automobile fuel tanks.

It can also be slit or spun into synthetic fibers or modified to take on the elastic properties of a rubber.