WHY RECYCLE

PET IS THE #1 MOST RECYCLED PLASTIC MATERIAL

WHAT IS PET?

PET (also known as polyethylene terephthalate) is a high quality plastic material used in many packaging applications. PET is recognized as a safe, non-toxic, strong, and flexible material. It is the #1 recycled plastic and is used in almost all industries. In the packaging world, PET is used to manufacture packaging for fruits, vegetables, and nuts - cakes, pies, and other bakery items - deli items - candy - and a variety of beverages, as well as commercial non-food items.

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RECYCLING PET

Sustainability has become an extremely important focus in the world today. Recycling is one of the most sustainable activities It takes one discarded item, and creates another, all while saving energy, landfill space, and natural resources. PET is 100% recycable and can drastically remove the need for producing virgin PET from oil or other sources. Producing virgin PET requires a large amount of energy as well as petroleum-based resources, both have impact on the environment. Recycled PET, also known as rPET, is much more environmentally friendly. rPET is also used to produce items such as textiles, carpeting, fibers, as well as other plastic packaging. It is the main material used in Pinnpack’s Packaging.

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Pinnpack has approached the idea of sustainability head on. Through the use of PCR (Post Consumer rPET Resin) provided by our sister company, CarbonLITE Recycling, PinnPACk builds sustainability directly into our packaging. All Pinnpack products are made with varying levels of rPET. As a matter of fact, many of our products are made with 100% PCR. Levels of PCR are largerly dependent on customer specifications.

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rPET FACTS

  • Producing 1 Pound of rPET takes 84% less energy than producing 1 Pound of Virgin PET

  • The energy saved from recycling a single plastic bottle can power a 100 watt bulb for 1 hour.

  • Recycling 1 pound of PET saves 12,000 BTU’s, the same amount of energy needed to increase the temperature of 120 gallons of water by 100 degrees

  • Recycling 1 ton of plastic saves 1.5 tons of produced Carbon Dioxide

Through, CarbonLITE, we are able to save 60,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide Emissions per year through recycling. That is equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 40,000 flights from New York to LA.

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Figure 1: The image shows the amount of CO2 produced from different plastic materials. rPET, also known as PCR PET, produces the least amount of CO2