PET PACKAGING

PET PACKAGING

PET bottles are everywhere. Every day, about 100 million such bottles are manufactured (and then discarded) worldwide. Most of them end up either in waste deposits or in water streams, from where they are carried away into the oceans. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, almost 18,000 such pieces of plastic float freely in every square kilometer of ocean waters – most of them made of PET.

Because this material is made by processing crude oil, it uses a precious natural resource. Every year, the PET packaging industry alone uses over 150 billion liters of oil, enough to power half a million cars for a whole year!

The problem with the PET bottles is that they end up where they shouldn’t: usually they go straight to the garbage bin, from where they are transported to a municipal waste deposit. PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resists corrosion extremely well; it takes about 700-800 years for it to begin to decompose, and it fully decomposes only after about 1,000 years.

You can be sure that the bottle you’ve just thrown into the trash can will survive intact for a longer time than it has passed since the establishment of the first Romanian states – Moldavia and Wallachia!

How is it recycled?

Although it’s very resistant to corrosion, PET is fully recyclable! What do they make out of recycled PET? Well, if you happen to have around the house a fleece jacket, it’s perfectly possible that it’s been made out of recycled PET bottles! It’s not so bad as it sounds; first of all, PET and textile polyester are actually the same material, just differently processed.

About 60% of the global PET/polyester production from natural sources is used for making textile fibers, so, most likely, your dress is made of „extra-virgin” polyester, so to speak. On the other hand, there are some large clothing manufacturers that exclusively use fibres from recycled PET/polyester. So, you shouldn’t think you’ll wear a piece of waste with buttons; the recycling process involves washing, eliminating impurities (like labels and caps) and contaminants, grinding, shredding, washing (a second time), drying and working the material into flakes – the raw matter for making textile fibers or other PET packagings.

What are the advantages of recycling?

The SIGUREC recycling system will help you protect the environment from a pollution source, thus saving valuable natural resources. And, if you think that just a few PET bottles dropped into a SIGUREC machine do not make a big difference, just think about how ungainly they would look on the side of the road or floating in a lake. We all want a beautiful country.

What can I recycle?

Any kinf of PET packaging – especially bottles, with or without a cap, preferably washed in advance with plain water and left to dry. There is no need to remove the labels.

Will I receive a bonus?

Yes, the SIGUREC machines will give you a 5 bani shopping voucher for each PET bottle that you can use to shop in partner stores!

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