FROM PET TO R-PET TO BIO-PET

The benefits of PET for companies looking to improve their environmental footprint are already well-known – lightweight, recyclable and with exceptional chemical resistance, PET offers high performance and great design flexibility.

With the arrival of recycled pet, or R-Pet and Bio-PET, companies now have more options to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels while still maintaining the high performance of this versatile material.

Recycled PET(known as R-PET) maintains the same lightweight strength and durability as PET but requires two-thirds less energy than virgin PET to manufacture. It can be used to manufacture new bottles, clothing, furniture and a wide range of household equipment.

See how Nestlé Waters uses R-PET 

The head brand of water is bottled in Nestlé Waters' Reborn 500ml water bottle. This is made with 50% R-PET and requires 15% less energy to produce.

See now Nike uses R-PET in its sportswear 

Sports clothing manufacturer, Nike melts down reclaimed and discarded plastic PET bottles to produce new yarn and fabric for high performance apparel.

All Nike national football kits contain recycled plastic bottles, with an average of 13 recycled bottles going into the fabric of each kit. Approximately 16 million recycled plastic bottles went into the creation of a kit. That is the equivalent of enough kit to cover 28 soccer pitches. Not only does this process save raw materials, but it reduces energy consumption by an estimated 30% compared to manufacturing virgin polyester.

Another recent innovation is NIKE Flyknit. This is a new manufacturing process that uses special yarns to knit the upper part of a shoe in one single piece. Compared with traditional footwear manufacturers who use a number of materials and cuts, this process reduces waste to create one lightweight formfitting upper.

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See how the City of Vancouver uses R-PET in its urban planning 

In the vibrant Canadian city of Vancouver, there is up to 1% recycled plastic in the asphalt used to repair and pave the city's roads. This is part of Vancouver's bid to become the greenest city by 2020 and it could save up to 300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually if widely adopted.

Bio-PET technologiesenable PET bottles to be created from organic agricultural by-products or agricultural scrap. The resulting Bio-PET reduces reliance on fossil fuels in the production process yet still remains fully recyclable. Furthermore, as the end material is still PET, it delivers the same performance with regard to versatility, durability, re-sealability, weight, appearance and recyclability.

Coca-Colawas the first company to fully embrace Bio-PET with its innovative new PlantBottle™. This is the first ever fully recyclable PET plastic beverage bottle made with up to 30% of non-fossil material. 

3 ways to increase consumer recycling

  • Establish bottle deposits

    Establish bottle deposits

    Lobby local government to implement legislation

  • Recycling programmes

    Recycling programmes

    Be creative and launch incentives to inspire recycling

  • Integrate recycling

    Integrate recycling

    The best advertisements for recycling are products made from recycled material

Industry leaders champion bio-PET

Following on from the success of the PlantBottle, Coca-Cola has joined forces with four other industry-leading consumer product manufacturers to form the Plant PET Technology Collaborative (PTC). In this strategic working group, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, H.J. Heinz Company, NIKE Inc. and Procter & Gamble, PTC are working together to accelerate the development and use of 100% plant-based PET materials and fibre in their product packaging and find alternatives to fossil fuels.