Terephthalate (PET) is one of the most commonly used food grade
packaging plastics due to it's chemical inertness and appealing physical
PET is a plastic that can successfully provide a clear,
strong bottle, and one that is mostly impermeable to carbon dioxide.
- PET bottles are
manufactured by the process of injection stretch blow moulding which was
developed specifically to maximise the beneficial properties of PET.
- Recycling of
PET Bottles is the activity whereby
bottles made out
collected, sorted and processed in order to reuse the material out of
which they are made.
- Antimony is often
used as a catalyst in the production of PET plastic.
- Collected PET bottles are frequently recycled into fiber, film,
sheet, pellets and new bottles.
Producers of barbecue sauce also
use PET bottles which allows for the oxidation of the sauce by oxygen
gas going into the bottle.
Reclaimed PET is in demand for
fiber, sheeting, nonfood containers, strapping, and molding compounds.
PET was originally produced to be
used in fibres. Bottles now represent the most significant use of PET
The use of plastic bottles
eliminates the problem of breakage associated with glass and, like
glass, PET is totally recyclable.
- The bottled water
market is the largest segment of the beverage sector by volume, with 160
billion liters sold.
- A major trend in the
beverage packaging sector is the replacement of glass bottles by PET
- European producers of
high quality mineral water, as opposed to table water or spring water,
are starting to use PET bottles.
- In Europe and the USA
fresh milk and milk beverages are marketed in PET bottles.
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