Here are some facts about PET:
PET is a remarkably energy-efficient packaging material. Add to that its strength, versatility, and recyclability, and PET boasts an excellent sustainability profile. Although the feedstocks for PET are petroleum based, the environmental impact of PET is very favorable in comparison to glass, aluminum and other container materials. PET’s exceptional capacity-to-weight ratio is a key to its energy efficiency, putting more product in less packaging, utilizing less weight and less fuel for transporting. Ongoing advances in technology continue to decrease the weight of PET containers and to boost the energy efficiency of PET even more. For example, a two-liter PET bottle weighed approximately 68 grams in 1980; today it weighs between 42 and 45 grams.
PET: A Responsible & Sustainable Use of Oil
There’s a common misperception that plastics use a large amount of the world’s petroleum.
Less than 4% of the world’s oil production goes to produce all types of plastics. PET accounts for less than ½ of 1 percent.*
Because PET is fully recyclable, it’s a highly sustainable material. Every time a PET container is recycled, its petroleum feedstocks can be recaptured and reused. The outstanding recyclability of PET further enhances it sustainability, providing an effective and efficient means of recapturing and reusing the energy and resources of its raw materials.