PET Beverage Bottles – What Are They?PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is a kind of polyester (just like the clothing fabric). Plastic bottles and containers are extruded or molded to package foods and beverages, personal care products, and a wide range of other consumer goods. Most plastic drink bottles should have a recycle symbol and a number in the middle on the bottom. PET beverage bottles are denoted by a number one. PET bottles have been deemed safe for routine use and recycling by several international organizations, including the FDA. PET is non-toxic, safe for food or beverages, and environmentally safe for recycling and consumer reuse.
Benefits Of PET Plastic Bottles
- Lightweight: Produced at a lower cost and transported with less energy
- Safe: If broken, do not shatter and pose a hazard.
- Convenient: on-the-go consumption because they are lightweight and safe.
- Resealable: Appropriate for multi-serve packs.
- Recyclable: This can be recycled, allowing PET to be reused indefinitely.
- Sustainable: Recycled PET is being used to make an increasing number of PET plastic bottles.
- Distinctive: Can be molded into various shapes, allowing brands to use them to build identity and promote beverages.
- Flexible: Manufacturers can move from one bottle shape or size to another, resulting in increased efficiency.
- Non-toxic: PET does not contain BPA, a plastic by-product that consumers have frequently been advised to avoid. It will not also harm the skin, and inhaling it during the manufacturing process is not harmful.
Why Do So Many Beverage Companies Use Pet Bottles Rather Than Glass?First, both glass and PET are hygienic, strong, resistant to microorganism attacks, do not react with foods or beverages, and will not biodegrade. However, unlike glass, PET is extremely lightweight, adaptable, easy to transport, has various design options, and will not break, making it the preferred packaging material for many beverage companies. Second, PET is safe for food and beverages, according to health authorities all over the world. PET bottles save space and are easy to transport when shopping. When compared to glass bottles, their production and transportation use significantly less energy. Thirdly, PET is a popular choice for plastic bottles because of its superior strength-to-weight ratio, lower cost, shipping costs compared to glass competitors, and a proven track record for consumer product safety and reliability. Finally, PET is safe for life, good for the environment. When empty, a 1.5-liter PET bottle for carbonated beverages weighs 33 grams, whereas an empty 0.75-liter glass bottle weighs around 500 grams. PET can cut the energy required for transportation from the bottler to the retailer in half. For taking their purchases home, consumers benefit from the lightness of PET packaging. There are still many reports of people being seriously injured by broken glass bottles. It is not possible with PET. Consider an outdoor picnic: If drinks are placed in PET bottles, you can easily avoid shards of glass in parks, on the lawn at outdoor swimming pools, or in public spaces.
PET Beverage Bottles Are Good For The ClimateMany people believe PET bottles are bad for the environment. Facts are the best way to persuade people, so here are a few:
- A PET bottle requires less energy to manufacture than a glass bottle. Plastic melts and can be molded at temperatures as high as 260 degrees Celsius. Glass bottles must be manufactured at around 1,500 degrees.
- PET is light, so it saves a lot of CO2 during transportation.
- It is estimated that four-fifths of all used PET beverage bottles are brought to collection points by consumers. Recycling reduces the environmental impact of producing new PET beverage bottles by half.
Misconceptions About The Environmental Impact Of Plastic BottlesDespite the many benefits of using PET plastic, there are many misconceptions about plastic bottles. Some of these are corrected by this factsheet.
RecyclingCan easily recycle PET water bottles reduces the carbon footprint of recycled PET even further. Should practice bottle-to-bottle recycling as much as possible with the bottles. PET can make pipes, films, or textiles later in its product life. This plastic is also sustainable at the end of its life cycle. When the material is incinerated, it can generate electricity or heat. Anything that makes shopping and transportation easier for us is good for all of us and the environment. According to Recoup‘s “UK Household Plastics Collection Survey 2014”, nearly 60% of PET plastic bottles in the household waste stream are now collected for recycling, up from 3% in 2001. The Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement with WRAP that spans three phases, has also been signed by major soft drinks manufacturers. The third phase, which began in May 2013, is more concerned with identifying opportunities to reduce the carbon impact of packaging. In contrast, the first two phases were concerned with packaging and packaging weight reduction. Approximately 1.5 billion pounds of used PET bottles and containers are collected for recycling in the US each year. PET is the most recycled plastic.
Use of oilPET plastic bottles consume a negligible amount of the world’s oil:
- All plastic is made with 4% of the world’s oil.
- Packaging accounts for 37% of all plastic used in the UK.
- Only 1.2 percent of this plastic packaging is used to make PET plastic drinks bottles.
Use of waterBy its environmental responsibilities, the industry is constantly looking for ways to reduce water used in its manufacturing processes. Plastic beverage bottles manufacturers support comprehensive water resource management, which regulates both the quality and quantity of groundwater, treats all users fairly, ensures the resource’s sustainability, and balances the interests and rights of those who use it today and in the future. Environmental stewardship is a part of the bottled water industry’s history, and it is taken seriously to protect, maintain, and preserve water resources for future generations. Even though the bottled water industry’s water footprint is small compared to overall groundwater withdrawals–the bottled water industry in the United States accounts for less than 0.011 percent of total ground- or surface water used each year–the industry remains focused on improving efficiencies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is PET reacting with drinks?No. PET is a highly stable, inert material that does not react with beverages and is resistant to microorganism attacks. When ingested, PET is biologically inert.
How to distinguish PET bottles from other plastics?PET containers are typically molded with the number 1 surrounded by the triangular “chasing arrows” symbol and the acronym PET or PETE below the triangle on the bottom or side. Only PET has the #1 identification code.
Why is PET sometimes referred to as polyester?Polyester’s chemical name is PET, or polyethylene terephthalate. PET is commonly referred to as “polyester” when used in fiber or fabric applications. When used in bottle, container and packaging applications, it is commonly referred to as “PET” or “PET resin.”
ConclusionHealth authorities acknowledge the safety of PET for beverages all over the world. It is the best option for the beverage industry and is good for the environment. As a result, you can use PET beverage bottles with confidence in any beverage manufacturer worldwide. In the beverage industry, PET is a popular material. Since the fresh-made juice industry boomed, Tan Do Beverage has supplied juice manufacturers with plastic juice bottles for every need. The highest global safety standards make our PET juice bottles. Our juice bottles are available in a variety of sizes to suit any juice serving. We carry a variety of caps in a variety of colors, besides a variety of sizes. We guarantee you’ll find a plastic juice bottle that will keep your juice looking vibrant and fresh while also looking good on a shelf. All you’ll have to worry about is providing your customers with a bright, refreshing beverage. Tan Do Beverage takes pride in offering a diverse range of plastic juice bottles. Tan Do Design Team can help you with all aspects of custom beverage bottle design, including label creation and label application.
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