Our 5 gallon bottling pails and lids are made from prime virgin, FDA approved, high density polyethylene right here in the USA. The pails have a plastic handle and a one piece tapered body which allows the pails to nest inside each other. The ears for the handle are molded as an integral part of the pail. The lids include a tubular gasket which will prevent any leakage. The 1-1/2″ gate valve features an integrated drip tab. The seal pressure and the amount of force needed to operate the gate can be varied by the screw and wing nut on the gate.