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PETRA: The PET Resin Association

PETRA is the industry association for North America's producers of PET - polyethylene terephthalate - the clear and lightweight plastic used around the world to package foods, beverages, personal care products and other consumer items.

PETRA (the PET Resin Association) is dedicated to:

  • Promoting the benefits and value of PET and PET resin products
  • Educating the public about the safety and uses of PET
  • Providing accurate technical and scientific information about PET
  • Encouraging the recycling and sustainable use of PET
  • Serving as the authoritative voice on issues impacting the industry

PET is the most recycled plastic in America. Bottles, jars and containers made of PET can be identified by the #1 and chasing arrows code stamped on the bottom.

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PET resinóthe basic building block for PET plastic packaging materials, beverage containers and a host of other consumer itemsócontains no phthalates. Is PET a single-use plastic?

No. PET can be continuously recovered and recycled into containers for foods, beverages, and personal care products, as well as many other items including carpets, strapping, clothing fibers, automotive parts, and construction materials. Many of these products can be made and remade from recycled PET at levels up to 100% and rely on a stable source of recycled material.

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BPA FreeIs PET environmentally-friendly?

Yes. The environmental impact of PET is very favorable in comparison to glass, aluminum, and other container materials. PET's exceptional capacity-to-weight ratio is a key to its energy efficiency, putting more product in less packaging. This utilizes less weight and less fuel for transporting.