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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Pet Bottle: Different Kinds and Facts!

The FACTS of it........

·  The PET bottle was patented in 1973 by chemist Nathaniel Wyeth (brother of distinguished American painter Andrew Wyeth).
·  The first PET bottle was recycled in 1977.
·  An estimated 7,700 curbside collection programs and 10,000 drop-off programs collect PET plastic in the United States, currently.
·  Approximate number of PET beverage bottles per pound:
16 oz. -- 18 bottles per pound
20 oz. -- 19 bottles per pound
1 liter -- 12 bottles per pound
2 liter -- 9 bottles per pound
3 liter -- 5 bottles per pound
·  Cubic yards conserved in a landfill by recycling PET beverage bottles:
4,800 recycled 16-ounce bottles saves a cubic yard
4,050 recycled 20-ounce bottles saves a cubic yard
3,240 recycled 1-liter bottles saves a cubic yard
2,430 recycled 2-liter bottles saves a cubic yard
1,350 recycled 3-liter bottles saves a cubic yard
·  Since 1978, manufacturers have reduced the weight of a two-liter bottle by about 29%, from 68 grams to 48 grams.
·  Recycling a ton of PET containers saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.
·  According to the EPA, recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTU's. (To see our April 2010 Life Cycle Inventory Report, visit our Sustainability page.) 
·  The average household generated 42 pounds of PET plastic bottles in the year 2005.
·  Custom bottles (which are bottles used for products other than carbonated soft drinks) represent 62% of all PET bottles available for recycling.
·  Nineteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiber for an extra large T-shirt, or enough to make one square foot of carpet.
·  It takes 63 20 oz. PET bottles to make a sweater.
·  Fourteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket.
·  It takes 114 20 oz. PET bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.

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