October, 2023

For the past decade, the plastics industry has faced scrutiny over the potential damaging effects it can cause to the environment. Companies have tested several alternatives to plastic packaging, such as aluminum, paper, and glass. However, evidence shows that polyester can have less detrimental effects on the environment than these alternatives. According to a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) performed by NAPCOR and Franklin Associates1, PET beats out these alternatives in metrics such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and solid waste generation.

Alternative packaging materials like glass and aluminum emit more greenhouses gases than plastic, with glass being the highest emitter overall. Plastic is a very versatile material that is more flexible and lighter than alternatives, which reduces transportation costs and the carbon emissions that come with them.

Especially when it comes to beverage containers, PET is the best option for the planet, as it has the smallest environmental impact. NAPCOR notes that PET beverage bottles, when compares to an aluminum can, consume 80% less energy during production, use 53% less water during production, create 80% less solid waste, have a 74% lower global warming potential, and generate anywhere from 68-83% fewer emissions that contribute to acid rain and smog formation.

While PET is already the leading choice in the reduction of global warming, its potential is even greater. A PET bottle is 100% recyclable and can be made with 100% recycled content. The benefits of PET will only be maximized once recycling rates increase. As of right now, only about 9% of plastics are recycled worldwide. If all plastics were recycled, this could result in mean annual savings of 30 to 150 tonnes of CO2, further improving the effects of PET on the environment.  

Polyester – safe, recyclable, better for the environment than aluminum, paper or glass

October, 2023

For the past decade, the plastics industry has faced scrutiny over the potential damaging effects it can cause to the environment. Companies have tested several alternatives to plastic packaging, such as aluminum, paper, and glass. However, evidence shows that polyester can have less detrimental effects on the environment than these alternatives. According to a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) performed by NAPCOR and Franklin Associates1, PET beats out these alternatives in metrics such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and solid waste generation.

Alternative packaging materials like glass and aluminum emit more greenhouses gases than plastic, with glass being the highest emitter overall. Plastic is a very versatile material that is more flexible and lighter than alternatives, which reduces transportation costs and the carbon emissions that come with them.

Especially when it comes to beverage containers, PET is the best option for the planet, as it has the smallest environmental impact. NAPCOR notes that PET beverage bottles, when compares to an aluminum can, consume 80% less energy during production, use 53% less water during production, create 80% less solid waste, have a 74% lower global warming potential, and generate anywhere from 68-83% fewer emissions that contribute to acid rain and smog formation.

While PET is already the leading choice in the reduction of global warming, its potential is even greater. A PET bottle is 100% recyclable and can be made with 100% recycled content. The benefits of PET will only be maximized once recycling rates increase. As of right now, only about 9% of plastics are recycled worldwide. If all plastics were recycled, this could result in mean annual savings of 30 to 150 tonnes of CO2, further improving the effects of PET on the environment.  

1 Information provided by NAPCOR from the studies Cradle-to-resin life cycle analysis of polyethylene terephthalate resin (March 2020) and Life cycle impacts for post-consumer recycled resins: PET, HDPE, and PP (December 2018). All data sources may be found on this link.

Polyester – safe, recyclable, better for the environment than aluminum, paper or glass

October, 2023

For the past decade, the plastics industry has faced scrutiny over the potential damaging effects it can cause to the environment. Companies have tested several alternatives to plastic packaging, such as aluminum, paper, and glass. However, evidence shows that polyester can have less detrimental effects on the environment than these alternatives. According to a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) performed by NAPCOR and Franklin Associates1, PET beats out these alternatives in metrics such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and solid waste generation.

Alternative packaging materials like glass and aluminum emit more greenhouses gases than plastic, with glass being the highest emitter overall. Plastic is a very versatile material that is more flexible and lighter than alternatives, which reduces transportation costs and the carbon emissions that come with them.

Especially when it comes to beverage containers, PET is the best option for the planet, as it has the smallest environmental impact. NAPCOR notes that PET beverage bottles, when compares to an aluminum can, consume 80% less energy during production, use 53% less water during production, create 80% less solid waste, have a 74% lower global warming potential, and generate anywhere from 68-83% fewer emissions that contribute to acid rain and smog formation.

While PET is already the leading choice in the reduction of global warming, its potential is even greater. A PET bottle is 100% recyclable and can be made with 100% recycled content. The benefits of PET will only be maximized once recycling rates increase. As of right now, only about 9% of plastics are recycled worldwide. If all plastics were recycled, this could result in mean annual savings of 30 to 150 tonnes of CO2, further improving the effects of PET on the environment.  

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October, 2023

For the past decade, the plastics industry has faced scrutiny over the potential damaging effects it can cause to the environment. Companies have tested several alternatives to plastic packaging, such as aluminum, paper, and glass. However, evidence shows that polyester can have less detrimental effects on the environment than these alternatives. According to a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) performed by NAPCOR and Franklin Associates1, PET beats out these alternatives in metrics such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and solid waste generation.

Alternative packaging materials like glass and aluminum emit more greenhouses gases than plastic, with glass being the highest emitter overall. Plastic is a very versatile material that is more flexible and lighter than alternatives, which reduces transportation costs and the carbon emissions that come with them.

Especially when it comes to beverage containers, PET is the best option for the planet, as it has the smallest environmental impact. NAPCOR notes that PET beverage bottles, when compares to an aluminum can, consume 80% less energy during production, use 53% less water during production, create 80% less solid waste, have a 74% lower global warming potential, and generate anywhere from 68-83% fewer emissions that contribute to acid rain and smog formation.

While PET is already the leading choice in the reduction of global warming, its potential is even greater. A PET bottle is 100% recyclable and can be made with 100% recycled content. The benefits of PET will only be maximized once recycling rates increase. As of right now, only about 9% of plastics are recycled worldwide. If all plastics were recycled, this could result in mean annual savings of 30 to 150 tonnes of CO2, further improving the effects of PET on the environment.