If you’re involved with plastics on any level, you’ll have heard the term “PET” or “PET Bottle” at some point. That’s because when it comes to the plastics industry in South Africa and abroad, PET (or Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles are one of the most prominent and attractive bottles on the market. This begs the question, what is PET? What are its advantages, more importantly, and what can PET be useful for?
This blog post will answer these questions and more as we effectively, but briefly, describe PET bottles and their general uses.
What is PET?
PET is an acronym for Polyethylene Terephthalate and it is best known as the clear plastic used for water and soda bottle containers – like 500ml and 2L plastic Coke bottles. As a raw material, PET is a petroleum-based product that is globally recognized as a safe, lightweight, and flexible material that is also 100% recyclable.
In fact, Both virgin and recycled PET can be used to package just about anything: water and soda bottles, food (including cakes, cut fruit, and salads), cosmetics, razors, and toys are just a few items. PET is also a common component found in fiber or fabric applications (such as carpeting, clothing, sleeping bags, and more), where it’s usually referred to as “polyester”. Because of the worldwide prevalence of this material, it has a high value and is particularly important to recycle. By taking purchased curbside collected bales of PET bottles and thermoforms and giving them a new life as thermoformed food and retail packages, Placon is helping to preserve petroleum and energy resources.
The Advantages of PET
Many businesses choose PET bottles for their packaging for a variety of reasons. Here are some of those reasons.
PET is aesthetically pleasing
PET is one of the very few plastics that has a clear appearance, similar to glass. For this reason, many companies choose PET to showcase their product, especially if the product has a distinctive coloration.
Examples of these products include paint tinters, spring water, soda and more.
PET is strong and shatterproof
Unlike glass and some other plastics, PET is strong and shatterproof, making transportation, store placement and user handling much easier and safer for the public. It is for this reason that many companies find PET an attractive alternative to some of the other plastic materials used to make bottles.
PET is lightweight
As a material, PET is very light. This makes it economical to produce, and easier to transport than other plastics, making PET reliable and cost-effective.
PET is non-reactive
PET is used to package pharmaceutical, food and hygiene products because it is a non-reactive material. This means that it does not react to or leak into the majority of commonly found chemicals, and thus is less likely to be damaged or compromised.
PET is very flexible
Unlike many plastics, PET bottles can be moulded and blown into attractive shapes and be able to withstand conditions that require flexibility.
As you can tell by the advantages listed above, PET is a highly sought-after plastic material for bottles as well as other containers. This means that PET is a suitable material for almost any industry.
Simply take a look around you and you will likely find many containers, products and plastic bottles made from PET. Apart from the clear appearance of the container in question, you can tell if a product is PET by examining the bottom of the product for the 3 recycling arrows. If the number in the middle of those arrows is 1, you have a PET product in your hands.
Order your own PET Plastic Bottles
B&I Polycontainers is a plastic bottle and packaging manufacturer in South Africa, and is able to provide high quality PET plastic bottles for any industry. If you would like to know more about PET bottles, see production of the PET bottles in action or order your own plastic PET bottles, contact B&I Polycontainers today.