bittersweet news about polyethylene terephthalate


pet-bottles.jpg Plastics News, in a piece picked up by Waste News (yes, the trash media industry is that large and that specialized), reported this week that while recycling of resin made from used PET is on the rise, it has yet to make a dent in mass consumption of plastic bottles. Polyethylene terephthalate, better known as PET, is “a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family“. The mass throwing away of PET products is a real shame when you consider that they could be melted down and reincarnated as carpet, clothing, hypoallergenic pillow stuffing and all kinds of other neat products. Not to mention the creative uses people have found for raw PET, such as the building and construction products extensively reported over at the The Temas Blog.


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