Fact Sheets

PETRA Bottle Ban Fact Sheet

Proven Ineffectiveness of Plastic Bottle BansMany cities have taken proactive measures to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles, typically in hopes of increasing sustainability and/or mitigating excess waste. However, there have been demonstrated cases of counter productiveness in these efforts. These can be illustrated in the following areas: In 2013, the University of …

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An Introduction to PET (polyethylene terephthalate)

PET (also abbreviated PETE) is short for polyethylene terephthalate, the chemical name for polyester. PET is a clear, strong, and lightweight plastic that is widely used for packaging foods and beverages, especially convenience-sized soft drinks, juices and water. Virtually all single-serving and 2-liter bottles of carbonated soft drinks and water sold in the U.S. are …

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PET By the Numbers

A Quick Glance at PET Plastic in the U.S. 3.1 million: Tons of PET produced annually in North America. (Source: GBI Research) 1973: Year that first PET bottle was patented. 31%: U.S. recycling rate for PET, reported in 2012. 26,000: BTUs of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of PET bottles.  (Source: EPA) 9.9: Average gram …

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