Purchasing plastic bottles for Juices or liquids? Well it would be in your best interest and your consumers to ensure they’re PET. What is PET you may ask, well for the scientists in the room it is Polyethylene Terephthalate. For the non-scientists it is a chemical compound that makes up many of the clear plastic juice bottles and containers you see everyday, it is also indicated by the 1 marked on them see here.
Benefits of PET:
When choosing PET plastic for storage of your juices or products we have provided 4 important reasons you can feel good about below:
1. Most Easily Recyclable
PET is the most recycled plastic on Earth, and with that, almost assuredly accepted at any and all recycling locations especially in the U.S. Recycling life cycle of PET, while some products can only be recycled one or two times, PET is also unique in that it can be recycled again and again, in other words the plastic bottle you’re drinking from today might be a container you’re eating your salad from in a year! The ability to be recycled many times has led researchers to label it the sustainable plastic option.
2. PET is Lightweight
PET is very lightweight in relation to its strength, making it a preferred means of storage for both small businesses and large business, think cheaper shipping. Although lightweight, PET is very durable, strong, and almost completely shatterproof which is great in preventing the damaging of goods in transport.
3. No More Plastic Taste
Avoid that nasty plastic taste, we’ve all been there you go to take a sip of your favorite juice or a bottle of water and that faint chemical taste rests on your tongue, not with PET bottles or containers. PET bottles do not react to the contents it stores, therefore PREVENTING the slow degradation of plastic particles and therefore taste into your food or liquids
4. BPA Free
BPA or Bisphenol A is a harsh industrial chemical that studies have shown has the possibility of leaking into the products it carries. You may be wondering why this is a concern? BPA has been shown to disrupt hormone levels, have negative effects in the behavior of infants, and experts believe it has strong links to cancer. With studies still being done and strong ties to detrimental health effects, it would be best to avoid plastics products that have BPA in them.
Most Common Uses of PET:
We know that plastic is used for many products in our everyday lives but below are some of the most common uses of PET plastic products:
1. Bottles & Containers
Due to the many benefits listed above PET has become the most commonly used in the form of plastic bottles and cups for juice, water, and soda, almost any bottle you drink from today. Due to the all of the same benefits PET has in holding liquids it is also common in the storage of pre-packaged food containers.
Believe it or not but recycled PET is very common in the making of polyester fabrics. Recycled PET plastic is one of the major suppliers of fibers for the garment industry in China, learn how plastic bottles are recycled into polyester here watch video.
3. Boat Sails
If you thought we had just about ran out of uses for PET then you were wrong. Recycled PET is even being used to develop boat sails. Due to its strength and flexibility PET has become a natural fit for high performance sails.
The soft carpet that you may be laying on is most likely composed of thousands of strands of PET polyester recycled plastic. The malleability and diversity of recycled PET products make it functional in such a range of products that allow industry to continue to find new uses for it.
Do you have any questions about PET plastic? If so, put them in the comments section and we will get back to you.