You would be very surprised at how many people don’t recycle or reuse plastic bottles. You would be even more surprised to find out that only 31% of polyethylene terephthalate bottles are recycled. This type of plastic is highly beneficial due to the quality, durability, and the fact that it lasts several lifetimes longer than any other plastic.
Most people are aware that nearly all water bottles are made from this is type of plastic, but what they might not know, is that polyethylene terephthalate has several other uses for it, as well. If you take a look at Wikipedia, you will find that it is the most common consumer plastics used for bottling most liquids that don’t contain carbonation. Aside from that, let’s take a quick glance at some other uses we can get from it.
1. Polyethylene terephthalate is the most important part in fabrics like polyester. It is the paste that keeps it held together. The fabric itself includes naturally occurring chemicals, and polyester is the cheapest fabric since the 60’s. It is almost half of the world’s leading fabric for clothing.
2. Popularly used in cosmetics and personal care products, polyethelene terephthalate is commonly used in the formation of infrastructure, body paint, nail polish, nail polish remover, and hair products, including box hair dye.
3. You can even use it for packaging materials, (depending on the shelf life for certain products) due to the fact that it is lightweight and shatterproof. It is safe to transport most items using this type of plastic, such as food, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment. The FDA has approved the safety of polyethylene terephthalate for packing food and beverages, too, but again, this depends on the shelf life. It allows more products to be delivered with less packaging, less weight, and less fuel for transporting it.
4. You can even create an entire kitchen out of recycled plastic. Take this article, Weforum, for example. IKEA sells cabinets, counter tops, and many more products that are entirely made from polyethylene terephthalate, as well as recycled wood. The CEO of IKEA talked about how their products are becoming more environmentally friendly in their efforts to find ways of boosting the economy.
FDA approved, cheap, long lasting material, and safe for most groups of items and products almost seems too good to be true. Polyethylene terephthalate can last anywhere between 450-1,000 years before it fully biodegrade. Take advantage of the places like IKEA and Recycle Everywhere. There are tons of misinformation about the plastic, like microwaving food in it. Many think that microwaving food in a polyethylene terephthalate container will release dangerous toxins, but it doesn’t. That is more than half of the reason it’s FDA approved.