PET is the common name for polyethylene terephthalate, also known as polyester
It is a clear, strong, lightweight plastic that is nonreactive and resistant to attack by microorganisms. It is identified by the triangular resin code symbol #1.
PET is widely used around the world for packaging food and beverages, especially conveniently sized soft drinks, juices, and water. It is also popular for packaging shampoo, mouthwash, liquid hand soap, and other consumer products. The molded PET bottle was patented in 1973.
PET is created by combining ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid.
When PET is used for fiber or fabric applications, it is referred to as «polyester».
When used for containers and other applications, it is called “PET” or “PET resin”.
PET does not contain BPA, phthalates, dioxins, lead or endocrine disruptors.
PET is fully recyclable and the most recycled plastic in the world. This is recycled by washing it thoroughly and melting it down again, or by chemically breaking it down to its component materials to make new PET resin
Products that can be made from recycled PET include new PET bottles and containers, carpet, clothing, industrial belting, rope, fiber for winter jackets and sleeping bags, automotive parts and even building materials