What is PET?

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. As a raw material, PET is a petroleum-based product that is globally recognized as a safe, lightweight, and flexile material that is also 100% recyclable. In fact, PET is the most widely recycled plastic in the world – and the recycling rates are continuing to increase! If you’re not sure which plastic materials are made from PET, all you have to do is take a look at the resin identification code at the bottom of the container. If it’s made of PET, it will have a symbol featuring the number “1”, surrounded by the three chasing arrows that indicate recyclability.

PET uses

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.

Types of PET

Placon manufactures many different kinds of recycled PET (RPET) material, all of which are used in plastic packaging made by Placon. Placon manufactures Ecostar material that can be heat sealed, printed, and in direct contact with food. From stock product materials to customizable options, the different materials made in our EcoStar facility allows Placon to thermoform a wide variety of eco-friendly packages.

Sustainable PET

Most of the PET containers you come across are likely made from virgin PET materials. However, when these bottles and containers are recycled by the consumer (that’s you!), it becomes post-consumer recycled PET, or PCR PET. After going through a recycling procedure, like our EcoStar process, the once-PET material has been transformed into RPET, or recycled PET material. So, whenever you see “RPET”, think “sustainable”!

The EcoStar logo

Have you seen an EcoStar logo on the bottom of a package? The EcoStar logo can be found on food and retail packaging on shelves across North America. The logo embodies our commitment to keep PET packaging out of landfills.