Clear plastic packaging comes in many different shapes and sizes, each with its own unique set of advantages and uses. PET plastic is one such material that is highly versatile and popular in the manufacturing of product packaging. This beginner’s guide to PET packaging will examine the basics and benefits of PET plastic, as well as its most common uses across a variety of industries.
What is PET?
PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate and is a type of thermoplastic polymer resin categorized as part of the polyester family. In fact, PET plastic is the most common and versatile thermoplastic polymer resin material in this family, with applications across many industries. PET plastic is recognizable due to its glass-like transparency and lightweight yet highly durable structure. Unlike some other packaging materials, PET plastic is completely recyclable and is actually one of the most recycled plastics in the world. Product packaging made from PET plastic always has a clear label with a resin identification code, generally located at the bottom of the package. This EcoStar logo, represented by the number 1 surrounded by connecting arrows, indicates that you can safely recycle the packaging. It is available to transform into other product packaging in the future.
Uses of PET
PET sees many uses across a wide range of industries. One of the most common uses for PET plastic is in the packaging of retail products. PET packaging is a popular choice among many manufacturers because it’s lightweight, strong, and environmentally-friendly. There are no limits to the size or type of products that one can package using PET plastic. PET packaging utilizes easy to fold creases, so you can mold it into virtually any shape to accommodate the dimensions of the product within. Beauty products commonly utilize PET packaging since many beauty products rely heavily on design and color to entice consumers. Utilizing clear PET packaging allows the consumer an unobstructed view of the products within, thereby increasing their trust in the product and the company.
At Printex Transparent Packaging, we offer a wide range of PET packaging options for clear plastic folding boxes and acetate product packaging. You can customize all our offerings to fit your company’s individual specifications. Contact our team to learn more about how PET packaging can help protect and display your products.
1. Sustainable Packaging in a Circular Economy –
Sustainable packaging is also known as “green packaging”. Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. We need packaging, so we try to make it green packaging. The concept of sustainability is composed of three concepts. Economic, environmental and social—otherwise known as profits, planet, and people. When sustainable efforts are combined with a circular economy, the benefits grow exponentially.
2. Circular Economy Packaging and Recycling –
The circular economy is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. Sustainable packaging in a circular economy helps to guarantee that materials are included in a ‘closed-loop’ system, preventing harmful packaging materials from being used once and discarded. Closed circular systems include the Reuse, Sharing, Repair, Refurbishment, Remanufacturing and Recycling of items to minimize the creation of waste, pollution and carbon emissions. This is the economic/profit portion of sustainability.
3. Ocean Bound Waste –
Ocean Bound Waste is waste, including plastic waste, that has not yet found its way into the ocean and is classified as “mismanaged waste”. That is, waste / plastic waste that is not being collected and not likely to be collected and is found on the ground within 50km of a waterway or coastal area. This is the environmental/planet portion of sustainability.
Create an integrated collection system that turns mismanaged ocean-bound plastic into managed waste.
4. Circular Recycling –
Recycling can be broken down into two areas. Recycling is the result of both a management system and the human factor. Recycling is the social aspect of sustainability. Recycling depends on the organized “management systems” in place in society such as blue box pick up and recycling programs in communities. Recycling is also dependent on “the human factor”. We are only effective if people utilize a program. People must actively sort and recycle their waste. This is the social / people portion of sustainability.
5. Clean up Campaigns –
Picking up litter, such as Britain’s nation-wide Great Plastic Pick UP during May 2018 is another social /people aspect of sustainability. Although many agree that public cleanups do not address the root causes of ocean-bound waste, short-term campaigns do make a difference and lead to recycling and restoration of natural habitats. Re-use of social plastic such as R-PET used by Printex Transparent Packaging in products will help close the loop in the circular economy.