FACTS ABOUT PET PLASTIC BOTTLES
PET plastic bottles are becoming a popular choice of bottles for soft drinks packaging. This is due to the numerous benefits they provide both to consumers and manufacturers. 20% of respondents from a recent survey ranked PET water bottles as the ‘most versatile,’ ‘most practical,’ and ‘most convenient’ packaging type.
About 70% of soft drinks (still and dilutable drinks, carbonated drinks, bottled water and fruit juices) are packaged in PET plastic bottles, and the rest comes mainly in cartons, metal cans, and glass bottles. But despite the many benefits of PET plastics, there are still misconceptions about it. This post is intended to correct some of these myths. But first, let’s check out the benefits of PET plastic bottles:
Benefits of PET plastic bottles
- Safe: Do not cause any hazard if on a rare occasion it got damaged or broken
- Lightweight: Economical to produce and requires less energy to transport
- Convenient: Since they are lightweight and safe, PET bottles are convenient for on-the-go consumption
- Recyclable: Can be used repeatedly
- Re-sealable: Appropriate for multi-serve packs
- Eco-friendly: Many PET plastic bottles are made from recycled or sustainable PET
- Flexible: Manufacturers can switch between bottle shapes with ease, resulting in excellent efficiency.
- Unique: Mouldable into a variety of shapes, allowing brands to use them to develop their identity and advertise drinks.
Fact #1: Recycling
It is possible to recycle PET plastic bottles. Reports have shown that about sixty percent of PET plastic bottles in the household waste stream are now being collected for recycling in the UK. This figure was just three percent in 2001. Many manufacturing industries are now more focused on finding opportunities to reduce the carbon impact of packaging.
Contrary to how it was 15 years ago, PET plastic bottles have been redesigned to be thirty percent lighter, courtesy of the increasing amounts of recycled plastic used to produce the bottles themselves.
The soft drinks industry encourages consumers to recycle their plastic bottles rather than toss them away as litter in order for recycling rates to keep on rising.
Fact #2: Use of oil:
A small percent of the world’s oil is used to manufacture PET plastics. Four percent of world oil is used to make all plastics. In the UK, thirty-seven percent of plastics are used in manufacturing packaging. Of this packaging, PET plastic drinks bottles s made from about 1.2% of plastic packaging.
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Fact #3: Use of water:
In line with its environmental responsibilities, the manufacturing industry is constantly looking at ways to further lower the amount of water it uses in its manufacturing processes.
Facts About PET plastic packaging
Bisphenol A (BPA): This is a key ingredient in manufacturing some plastics, as it is found in some food and drink can linings. However, it is not used in PET plastic foods and drink containers (nor those made from polypropylene, LDPE, or HDPE). BPA is approved to be safe for use in all food and drinks containers by the UK Food Standards Agency and the European Food Safety Authority. It was revealed that dietary exposure to BPA is well below the recognized tolerable daily intake (TDI).
Phthalates: While Phthalates are substances used in manufacturing PVC plastics to make them flexible, they are not used in manufacturing PET plastic bottles. There is a strict regulation on all the packaging used by the soft drinks industry. One of such regulations is that it must comply with European law – where maximum limits for migration from food contact plastics into food have been set.
Plastic bottles in cars: There are no carcinogens in PET plastic bottles, so it is a misconception that a plastic bottle left in a vehicle will leak carcinogens into the drink it contains.
Storage: Soft drinks bottles should be kept just like many food items. They should be stored in a dark, cool place and not close to household chemicals or sources of strong odors.
Reuse: If the bottle is sold as reusable, it means it is reusable. If the bottle is sold as a single-use plastic bottle, it is intended to be used one time.
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