Archive for the 'PET (polyethylene terephthalate)' Category

Are Plant-Based Bottles Still Plastic?

Published: 22 June 2011
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to “Slate,” despite all the buzz, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo’s plant-based bottles are still plastic. The companies have replaced the fossil fuels (petroleum and natural gas) traditionally used to make plastic bottles with ethanol from renewable sources (plant waste in Pepsi’s case and Brazilian sugar cane in Coke’s). Though these initial inputs come from renewable, […]


Concord Resident Pushes For Bottled Water Ban

Published: 11 February 2011
Category: Local, PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

“The Concord Journal” reports eighty-three-year-old Jean Hill has spent the last three years fool-proofing a petition article to ban bottled water from being sold in Concord, Massachusetts. This year, Hill is bringing forth the petition in four sections, which outlines a sale ban of bottled water in Concord, and enforcement by the Concord Health Department […]


New Documentary Highlights America’s Reliance on Plastic

Published: 4 January 2011
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

According to “San Tan Valley Today,” a new documentary titled “Bag It” follows Jeb Berrier, a new father and television show host as he looks at America’s dependence on plastics. During his journey, Berrier discovers the various chemicals that go into producing the bags and some of the possible health implications associated with them.

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Research Finds Some Bioplastics Have A Higher Environmental Footprint

Published: 29 December 2010
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to “Discovery News,” Plant-based plastics appeal to green-minded consumers thanks to their renewable origins, but their production carries environmental costs that make them less green than they may seem, research says. “The main concern for us is that these plant-derived products have a green stamp on them just because they’re derived from biomass,” said […]


Researchers Say PET Is Not Sustainable

Published: 22 October 2010
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Sustainability

According to “Science 2.0,” polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the third most common synthetic polymer with the key aromatic component being derived from petroleum or natural gas. There is a concern that these fossil sources may be running out in the not too distant future.

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PSU Installs Water Refilling Stations to Reduce Use of Plastic Bottled Water

Published: 12 April 2010
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to the “Centre Daily Times” (State College, PA), Penn State University has installed four water-refilling stations for students and employees in order to research the stations’ practicality and whether they reduce the use of bottled water. A club called 3e-coe, composed of education majors and self-proclaimed Earth lovers, had urged the Office of Sustainability […]


Mislabeled Plastic Containers Could Wreak Havoc on Recycling Stream

Published: 9 April 2010
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability reports two major plastics recycling associations recently announced that they are seeing a startling increase in mislabeled plastic bottles, including a considerable increase of bottles mislabeled with the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin identification code as well as bottles mislabeled as compatible with PET recycling, which could wreak havoc on the recycling stream. David […]


PET Wine Study Finds Bottles Protect Wine Less Effectively than Glass

Published: 23 June 2009
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS

According to “Hospitality Magazine,” according to a study conducted by plastic bottle manufacturer Portavin, 12 months after bottling, the wine in the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles were showing more age and development because they were less full and fresh in taste, and more bitter and colored, compared to the same wine in the glass bottles. […]


Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Plastic Bottles May Contain Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

Published: 7 May 2009
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Discovery Channel” reports new evidence suggests that plastic water bottles may not be so benign after all as scientists in Germany have found that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics — the kind used to make water bottles, among many other common products — may also harbor hormone-disrupting chemicals that leach into the water. It […]


More Bad News for Plastic Containers?

Published: 21 April 2009
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

“Environmental Sciences & Technology” reports new research analyzing mineral water held in bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is raising questions about whether contaminants might leach from PET into the water where they mimic estrogen’s effects. The researchers tested 20 brands of mineral water sold in either glass or plastic bottles or both, and […]