Let’s rPETe! Wait...what is PET?
This is an abbreviation for the much longer term, polyethylene terephthalate;
a polymer of ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. Clear as mud, right?
Simply put, PET is the most common type of plastic resin. To create virgin PET, crude oil and natural gas is extracted from the Earth, then processed
and heated to form a molten liquid....YIKES! It is then molded and solidified
into PET plastic containers...WOW!
PET is used to hold anything from your favorite salad dressing to your cleaning solutions, mouthwash, and probably a lot of items in your fridge including that yogurt cup. Store bought disposable water bottles? You know it...PET!
Guess what? It's likely, most plastic containers in your house are made
of this common plastic. Crazy, eh?
Did you know...
PET is considered a highly recyclable plastic! YIPPEE! Used PET containers can be washed and re-melted into plasma, from which new items can be crafted.
This is called CLOSED LOOP! (check out the blue pot section to learn exactly what this means)
Do we really know how good recycling is?!
Of course we all know recycling is good...but do we really know why?
Here are just a few examples of how recycling impacts the environment:
Helps decrease the amount of plastic waste that enters landfills.
That means less toxins leaching into the soil and water.
Can't go wrong there!
Recycling has the ability to greatly decrease our resource extraction
Saves energy! Creating a plastic water bottle from 100% recycled
content uses 75% less energy than its virgin counterpart. Sounds good to us!
Did your plant come in a blue pot?