A type of plastic resin, polyethylene terephthalate, or PET is also a form of polyester, but it’s a different kind. It can be totally recycled. This is known as recycled polyethylene-terephthalate (RPET). The basic composition of the material is terephthalic, modified ethylene, and terephthalic monomers combined. PET was first discovered by scientists in the United Kingdom in 1941.
The #1 code is usually found at the bottom and can be seen if you pick up a container. PET means it is made from PET. It is widely used for packaging, including peanut butter, beverage, produce, bakery products, salad, frozen food, cosmetics, dressings, household cleaners, and even toothpaste. PET is highly popular due to its transparent nature, thermo-stable characteristics, and long life span. It is lightweight, affordable, and shatterproof. Most importantly, it’s recyclable. This is the place where RPET comes into play.
RPET was created by recycling old packaging materials. These include plastic bottles.
After the bottle is collected, it will be sorted and cleaned. Then, it will be transformed into RPET for use in new packaging. This is federally permitted and can be used to give bottles a new lease of existence.
Some RPET Factoids
You can reduce landfill space by recycling PET bottles, and making them into RPET.
- 4,800 16oz bottles equal one metric yard
- 405 20oz bottles equal one cubic foot
- 3,240 1L bottles equal one cubic meter
- 2,430 2L Bottles equals one cubic yard
- One cubic yard = 1,350 3L Bottles
- One ton is equivalent to 7.4 cubic meters of PET
According to The Environmental Protection Agency, one pound (approximately 12,000 BTUs) of PET can be recycled.
In 2005, every household generated on average 42 pounds of PET simply from plastic containers.
62% (of all PET bottles that are recyclable) can be recycled as custom bottles. These bottles have been not used for carbonated soft drinks.
How Does RPET Work?
There are many different ways to use RPET. These include:
- Tee shirt fabric
- Polyester caRPET fibers
- Athletic shoes
- Long underwear
- Fiberfill for winter coats.
- Sheet and film
- Industrial strapping
- New PET containers
- Automotive parts
This is a great example of the variety PET offers. The most striking thing about PET is its ability to be made 100% from RPET. It can be used for both food and non-food products. It is safe enough to be recycled many times over. You can reuse each component to create new ones each and every time. Many custom reusable shopping bags/totes made from the RPET material are in high demand today.
There is a tremendous demand for RPET, both in Canada and here. The demand is so high that not enough bottles are available to meet it. Because RPET may be used to make many new products, this is because it is very versatile. A new PET must be developed in order to meet this demand. The consumer is now actively seeking out companies that are dedicated to sustainability, recycling, and the general green agenda. As such, manufacturers should make use of RPET when possible.
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