PET IS THE MOST WIDELY RECYCLED PLASTIC IN THE WORLD
2020-03-25 15:23 Wednesday
PET bottles and jars are accepted in virtually all recycling programs in the United States and Canada. Over 2 billion pounds of PET were collected for recycling in 2015.
After collection, postconsumer PET is purchased by reclaimers who wash, grind and further process PET containers to produce a recycled resin ready for reuse in a variety of end products.
PET packages are made in two ways: blow molded to create bottles, or thermoformed from sheet to create items such as clamshell produce, deli or bakery containers.
WHY PET… FOR PACKAGE DEVELOPERS & MANUFACTURERS
PET's properties allow for superior innovation, both in terms of package design and performance. This allows you to meet customer needs for new and sophisticated product taste profiles with shelf-popping options in the pack sizes your customers are looking for.
PET is well known for its clarity, making it a lightweight, non-breakable alternative to glass and other plastic resins. Consumers are increasingly interested in authentic, "real food" offerings and transparent PET supports this trend.
PET has good barrier properties that protect and preserve the contents of its package. Oxygen transmission is an important factor in ensuring product shelf life and freshness. PET provides almost nine times more protection against oxygen transmission than does PLA and over 40 times more than HDPE.
PET packaging is increasingly lightweight so you use less per package. PET bottles and jars are accepted for recycling in virtually every program in the United States and Canada, and recycled PET material can be used in bottle and thermoformed packaging over and over again. No other plastic resin can make a stronger closed-loop recycling claim.
WHY PET… FOR CONSUMERS
As a consumer, you desire package innovations that are safe, convenient, offer increasingly sophisticated products, and are made with high product integrity. You also want a package that has verifiable environmental attributes including reduced package weights, manufacturing efficiencies and a strong closed-loop recycling system that you can help support through your own day-to-day PET recycling efforts.
PET delivers, offering innovative, reliable bottles and containers for just about every product imaginable. A transparent, lightweight, strong and shatterproof packaging material, your PET package protects its contents and preserves its taste in a safe, convenient, recyclable package
A sustainable package must first serve its essential function: to protect its content, delivering it safely with all of its taste, color, form and other features intact, thereby limiting waste through product damage and spoilage. PET does all this and more.
PET packaging is increasingly lightweight so products can be shipped efficiently, enabling lighter secondary packaging, and reducing fuel requirements and greenhouse gas emissions during product transport.
Meanwhile, consumers are doing their part by recycling over 2 billion pounds of PET annually in the U.S. and Canada-valuable raw material that goes directly back into domestic recycling and into the production of new PET packaging and other products.
The specific impacts of both virgin and recycled PET can be measured through Life Cycle Inventory studies and through comparative metrics and social impact studies. That's how we know that the environmental and economic impacts of PET recycling are impressive. How impressive? If each person in a city of about 200,000 people-Providence, Rhode Island, for example-recycles just one PET water bottle per day, here's what happens when this recycled material is processed for use as a raw material.
PRODUCTS MADE FROM RECYCLED PET
When you buy a product packaged in PET, you've chosen a package with an established, accessible end-of-life option-recycling. From a recycling or curbside bin, PET containers are collected, sorted, processed, cleaned, and then remanufactured into a variety of new products, including fiber for clothing and carpets; fiberfill for soft furnishings and sleeping bags; pallet strapping; food and non-food bottles, and thermoformed packaging such as cups and take-out containers.
Recycling a PET bottle keeps it out of the landfill, but it does much more than that. Recycled PET resin is a valuable manufacturing feedstock that can be reprocessed and reused in bottles over and over again. Recycling instead of landfilling, then using that reprocessed PET material as a raw material for new products, greatly reduces the greenhouse gas and carbon emissions impact and requires less overall energy to produce the new product.
Over 1.4 billion pounds of clean recycled PET went back into the production of new products-such as those pictured above-in the U.S. and Canada in 2015, about three times what was used 10 years ago.