PET Recycling: Towards the Economy
Compiled By: Vineeta Tawney
Polyethylene terephthalate is a type of polymer that is mainly used in manufacturing hygienic packaging, such as bottles (above) and highly durable textile fibers. It goes by many names, but it is commonly abbreviated “PET” for PolyEthylene Terephthalate.
Like other polymers, it has a high resistance to wear, it is a great barrier to molecules, and it is relatively easy to recycle, compared to other materials. That’s why it’s used so frequently. In addition, its recyclability is close to 100%, though its internal viscosity is reduced with each cycle.
This high rate of recyclability and its wide market means that a PET bottle (for common use) may be converted into synthetic fibers at the end of its useful life. However, the impact of plastics on the environment demands that we take steps to increase the rate at which they are recycled. Continue reading