What is PET? Why PET recycling??!!

  • PET is the name of the resin used to make transparent, light, shatterproof bottles for soft drinks, juices, alcohol, water, detergents, soap etc.
  • PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate.
  • Bottles are the most significant use for PET.
  • PET isfullyrecyclable.

Scientific data estimates that a staggering 15 million metric tons of plastic pollution enter our rivers and oceans each year. Many countries have partially banned use of plastic in the retail industry, however our dependence on plastic is wider then our imagination. The actual number of recycling factories is less than required.

PET is a valuable material since it is derived from non-renewable sources such as petroleum or natural gas which are depleting fast and becoming more expensive. While repeatedly reworked, PET does not lose its basic characteristics, it can be re-used several times to create high value products.

Recycling Facts

10 plastic bottles = 1 pound of polyester fiber

1 ton (2000 lbs) of plastic bottles recycled saves 3.8 barrels of oil

1 million plastic bottles recycled saves 250 barrels of oil

1 million plastic bottles recycled eliminates 180 metric tons of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere

10% of all US oil consumed (2 million barrels per day) is used to make plastics

Recycling plastic bottles takes 8 times less energy than to produce an equivalent amount of new ones

300 meters of PET Silk saves 1 barrel of oil

PET Recycling Reduces Emissions

PET recycling reduces CO2 emissions: for every kilogram of recycled PET, 3 kilograms of CO2 are spared. The recycling of 1,000 kilograms of PET prevents the emission of almost 3,000 kilograms of greenhouse gases corresponding to the emissions of a medium-sized car in one year.

PET Recycling Saves Energy

Manufacturing new products from recycled PET allows a saving of approximately 50% of energy. Recycling helps to save the non-renewable energy sources from which PET is derived.

Environmentally-friendly finishing

PET Silk yarns consume very low water and energy, in comparison to the traditional silk yarn making processes.

No microplastics in Pet2Silk fabrics

PET ready fibers goes through a chemical process where it changes its molecular structure and restructures itself. In this process all the micro fibers are melted into a long filaments, hence there is no way of releasing micro fibers during washing.