A plastic bottle is a plastic bottle is a plastic bottle. Or NOT! There’s been a lot of misinformation in the consumer marketplace about plastic bottles that contain BPA (Bisphenol-A), which some groups claim is hazardous to our health. However, the FDA and other scientific and health organizations, have not found any link between developmental and reproductive disorders claimed by these groups and BPA, which is found in hard plastics.
Some of the misinformation is confusing to consumers, who believe that all plastics contain BPA. Recently, in an effort to educate the public about the various types of plastics, the PET Resin Association (PETRA) put out a press release to reiterate that food and beverage containers made from the polyester plastic known as PET do not contain BPA.
PET is a clear, strong and lightweight plastic belonging to the polyester family, explained the PETRA release, not to be confused with polycarbonate. PET is used for virtually all individual and 2-liter water and soft-drink bottles sold in the U.S. It’s the most widely used for food and beverages around the world, and has been proven safe throughout its 30-year history of use.
Remember, PET is easily identified by its #1 recycling code – the only plastic with that code to make recycling of this material into many other products, very easy for consumers. PET can be recycled into a wide variety of products including carpeting, clothing, and various wood-plastic composite products, as well as R-PET (recycled PET) which is in big demand for injection molding and thermoforming myriad other products.
We in the plastics industry need to take responsibility to educate the consuming public about the products that have become so ubiquitous and so beneficial to the environment and our lives in general. Promote the science! Not the hype!