PET Plastic Bottles Safety Facts That You Should Know

For over decades Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) has been the most widely used polymer for making PET plastic bottles. It has been used largely as the polymer for manufacturing drinking water bottles and food containers. Today PET bottles has found popularity and demand across a variety of sectors. It is in high demand due to its light weight, flexibility, durability, and comparative cost effectiveness.

What are the different types of Plastics and their uses?

There are a variety of plastics bottles that are in use today and are being manufactured for different purposes. So let’s have a look on the different types of plastics –

  1. Polyamides (PA) or (nylons) :- Used for making toothbrush, tubing, fibres, fishing line etc.
  2. Polycarbonate (PC) :- Used for manufacturing eyeglasses, security windows, traffic lights, lenses etc.
  3. Polyethylene (PE) :- Used for manufacturing plastic bottles, carry bags etc.
  4. Polyester (PES) :- Fibres and textiles
  5. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) :- Used for the manufacturing of jugs, plastic cases, detergent bottles etc.
  6. Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) :- Used for the manufacturing of floor tiles, curtains, outdoor furniture etc.
  7. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) :- Drink bottles, plastic film etc.
  8. Polypropylene (PP) :- Used for making bottle caps, drinking straws etc.
  9. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) :- used for manufacturing plumbing pipes, window frames etc.
  10. Polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) :- Food packaging.

PET stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate which has been used over decades for the manufacturing of drinking water bottles and drinking containers. It is used as a raw material for making bottles and containers and other consumer goods.

What is the meaning of PET logo on drinking water bottles?

All of you have must seen this type of logo on your drinking water bottles or food containers. Have you ever tried to know the meaning of that, if NO then I will help you regarding that.

What is PET 1 Plastic?

PET 1 Logo

Normally PET logo is a symbol having a triangle of ‘Chasing Arrows’ normally found on plastic products. This arrow indicates that whether they can be recycled or not. You might see triangle bearing numbers from 1 to 7, depending on the type of plastic used and also indicates its recycling potential.

How do you recycle Polyethylene Terephthalate?

PET plastic bottles are on a high demand and has a annual consumption growth rate surpassing 20 percent. Recycled PET and HDPE/LDPE products can be processed into a wide range of products like clothing, sleeping bag fills, CD cases, car parts, toys, stationary and a lot more.

It will be interesting to know that one recycled plastic bottle will save enough energy to power a light bulb for three hours. So we should focus on recycling these products to make another products for our day to day life.

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Originally published at on July 14, 2017.

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