On those hot summer days when you reach into the fridge for an ice-cold bottle of water, or line-up at the office water cooler for a cool refreshing drink, have you ever wondered where those multi-coloured bottles come from?
When it comes to Aquazania, their bottles are produced by PETRA (PET Resin Association).
What is PET?
This stands for polyethylene terephthalate, and it is a type of polyester. This is moulded into food packaging containers and plastic bottles for beverages as well as other consumer products. PET plastic bottles are a popular packaging choice for water, juice, soft drinks, shampoo, mouthwash, liquid hand soap and an extensive range of other products.
Why are PET products so popular?
Aside from being strong, light in weight, economical and shatterproof, PET products are hygienic, resistant to attacks and damage caused by micro-organisms and will not biologically degrade.
Are PET bottles and containers safe?
PET containers and bottles have been tested and undergone extensive studies and, as a result, they have been approved as safe by health and safety agencies around the world, including the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the European Food Safety Authority. Studies have also shown that PET bottles and containers are BPA free and they do not react with beverages and food.
How to tell the difference between PET bottles and other plastics
At the bottom or on the side of PET containers you will find a mould showing a 1 surrounded by a triangle of ‘chasing arrows’. Below this triangle, you will see the acronym PET or PETE.
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Can PET containers and bottles be recycled?
They certainly can. Containers, bottles and jars can be recycled and used for various other products. PET products which are recycled are used for food and beverage bottles and containers, carpets and clothing, industrial strapping and many other items which people use during their daily lives.
With several decades of experience, PET continues to supply quality products to top quality brands.
For more information on PET, visit www.petresin.org
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