WHAT IS PET
PET stands for Poly Ethylene Terephthalate, a plastic resin and a form of polyester. PET is a polymer that is formed by combining two monomers called modified ethylene glycol and Purified Terephthalic Acid.
PET is the type of plastic labeled with the #1 code on the side or near the bottom of bottles and containers and is commonly used to package soft drinks, water, juice, peanut butter, salad dressings and oil, cosmetics and household cleaners.
PET is a popular package for food and non-food products because it is inexpensive, lightweight, resalable, shatter-resistant and recyclable.
Recycled Poly Ethylene Terephthalate (RPET) can be used to make many new products, including fiber for polyester carpet; fabric for T-shirts, long underwear, athletic shoes, luggage, upholstery and sweaters; fiberfill for sleeping bags and winter coats; industrial strapping, sheet and film; automotive parts, such as luggage racks, headliners, fuse boxes, bumpers, grilles and door panels; and new PET containers for both food and non-food products.
PET is the material of choice for packing of consumer products. The basic product is the preform (by injection of PET Pellets), which users turn into bottles (by mold-blowing). Petco s.a.l. produces both preform and bottles. PET packaging is popular in food and non-food applications because it is inexpensive, lightweight, shatter-resistant and recyclable.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES INCLUDE
- Excellent clarity.
- Less breakage, less waste and no spills.
- Lightweight, offering lower logistic and storage costs.
- Enhanced product purity.
- PET material contains no toxic gases like chlorine and others. Besides obvious health advantages, this makes PET containers safe to incinerate: no toxic gases are generated.
- PET strength is superior to PVC.
- PET products are 100% recyclable.
- PET is FDA & USDA approved for food packaging.
- PET is the preferred choice for carbonated products.
- PET is the preferred material for bottled water.
- 90% of edible oil in the world is bottled in PET.