Polypropylene Twine: Not Good!

Posted: August 3, 2016 in Reviews

In our garden, we use a lot of twine for tying things up. We also use it for a few things outside of the garden, but between both, we go through a substantial amount of twine. Normally, we’ll buy twine that’s made out of non-synthetic materials: cotton, hemp, and coir are some of the natural fibers used to make twine. There are, however, synthetic fibers which are also used to make twine, one of which is polypropylene. Polypropylene is similar to polyethylene, which is the most common plastic. My dad bought a large spool of polypropylene twine recently, but it has, unfortunately, proven to be quite the disappointment.

First of all, the twine is made out of plastic. Plastic is generally slippery, and this twine follows the same pattern. This, obviously, is a problem when you want to tie a tight knot that won’t come undone. Regular twine holds pretty well, but with polypropylene twine, if you pull on a knot hard enough, it just comes apart – nothing other than pulling is required. Even if you tie a knot with this twine and leave it, it can come undone over time. Another problem is that the twine frays badly, which, if you’ve never worked with twine, is also a big problem.

Literally the only good thing about this twine is while regular twine will stretch out over time, this twine doesn’t. That could be useful in a few situations, but the bad far outweighs the good where this particular brand of polypropylene twine is concerned. Definitely wouldn’t recommend it!

  1. Libby says:

    We use this occasionally, as you say it has its uses. My husband seals the ends to stop them fraying by running a blowlamp flame over them for a few seconds to melt the polypropylene strands together.

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