Sustainability

PET has an excellent sustainability profile, thanks to its high recyclability, energy-efficiency and exceptional capacity-to-weight ratio.

Although PET is produced starting from non renewable (petroleum based) sources, its environmental profile is good in comparison to other packaging materials, such as glass or metals. The main reason is its lightness: a PET container is much lighter than the corresponding glass or metal container. This means less material to be produced, less material to be disposed of and less fuel for transporting. Less than 4% of the world’s oil production goes to produce all types of plastics. PET accounts for less than 0.5% (source: PlasticsEurope).

The sustainability of PET is confirmed by several life-cycle studies. Two different LCA carried out in 2009 found that PET packaging for carbonated soft drinks had a better environmental profile (lower energy demand, less greenhouse gas emissions) than aluminium cans and glass bottles.1,2

The positive eco-profile of PET is further improved by its recyclability, which represents an effective and efficient way to reuse the energy and resources of its raw materials. Recycling is the best end-of-life management solution for plastic from the environmental point of view and should be strongly encouraged and supported. PET plastic bottles are one of the top products to recycle because they are 100% recyclable. Every time a PET container is recycled, its petroleum feedstocks can be recaptured and reused. According to a recent LCA study, producing 1000 poundsof recycled PET instead of virgin PET saves 48 million BTUs of energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 3,000 pounds.3

 


 Get involved

Recycling is a great solution to reduce the environmental impact of the products we buy and use. Please join us in our aim to increase plastic recycling!

  • Give attention to identify and separate all the recyclable materials in the objects you throw away and put them in the right recycling bin.
  • Get your parents and colleagues involved, raising their awareness on the correct differentiated disposal of waste.
  • Make sure there is access to a recycling bin in your workplace.

 

1 Allied Development Corporation, Beverage Packaging Performance in North America. CSD and Wine Examined; 2009

2 Franklin Associates, Life Cycle Inventory of Three Single-Serving Soft-Drink Containers; 2009

3 Franklin Associates, Final Report - Life Cycle Inventory of 100% Postconsumer HDPE and PET Recycled Resin from Postconsumer Containers and Packaging, 2010-revised. Calculations based on the energy required to collect, sort and domestically reprocess postconsumer PET containers into clean recycled PET resin pellets