Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET)
Polyethylene Terephthalate properties
Polyethylene Terephthalate is one of the most common thermoplastic polymer resins in the family of polyester. Made from ethylene glycol; commonly known as MEG; PET is proceeding from the combination of MEG and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT). It is a colourless, semi-crystallite resin. PET or Polyethylene Terephthalate as it holds high strength and stiffness, and it is very lightweight. With good gas and moisture barrier properties, PET holds broad range of use temperatures. It is from -60 to 130 °C. It is suitable for transparent application. Polyethylene terephthalate is recyclable, shatterproof as well transparent to microwave radiation.
Polyethylene Terephthalate Uses
PET or Polyethylene Terephthalate is used in textile, both rigid and flexible packaging. It is good to produce water bottles and bottles of carbonated soft drinks. PET is generally used for packaging peanut butter, cooking oil, shampoo, liquid hand soap, mouthwash etc. Polyethylene terephthalate performs for injection stretch moulding of a bottle. PET is used in fibre and film application. Some special grade of PET uses to prepare food trays that can be warmed in microwave and oven.
Advantages of Polyethylene Terephthalate
The main benefit of Polyethylene terephthalate is, it is shatterproof, non-reactive in the contact with food and water while it produces a ratio of strength-to-weight. It is very lightweight and so it provides for cost-saving while transporting the products using the PE packaging. Polyethylene Terephthalate is the ideal product for recycling. Henceforth, Polyethylene Terephthalate is considered as Green Plastic.