PET, also known as Polyethylene Terephthalate, is a strong and lightweight material used in packaging. It has high impact resistance and chemical stability, and it is completely recyclable.
PET is often used to make containers for liquids. In the United States, about 1.5 billion pounds of PET bottles are recovered each year for recycling. Many municipal programs accept them.
PET is lightweight and is completely shatterproof. This makes it easy to transport. It is an ideal plastic for use in personal care products and food containers.
PET is completely safe to use in foods, drinks and pharmaceuticals. The Food and Drug Administration has approved its use for the packaging of such products. Throughout the world, similar regulating bodies have approved its safety for such applications.
PET is made from a blend of terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. These compounds are heated in a process called polymerization to produce a molten liquid. They are then extruded and shaped.
PET has a glossy, smooth surface. Because it is a thermoplastic, it can be easily shaped and spun into virtually any form.
It is a lightweight, clear, and shatterproof material. It is also very resistant to microorganisms. However, it is not biodegradable. When recycled, it can be turned into new products such as carpeting, industrial strapping, and rope.
Due to its high chemical stability, PET is not easily degraded. Even when heated, it does not produce dioxins.
As a result of its high chemical stability, it is used in a variety of manufacturing processes, including medical and chemical. Additionally, it can be recycled into polyester fabrics.