Choosing recycled PET rather than virgin PET may reduce a company’s greenhouse gas emissions up to 60%, reduce total energy use by 75%, and reduce process and transportation energy 40%, according to an updated study from the National Association for PET Container Resources (Charlotte, N.C.).
The study, Cradle-to-Resin Life Cycle Analysis of Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin, compares the energy requirements, solid waste generation, and environmental emissions involved in manufacturing virgin PET materials with those same factors associated with collecting, sorting, and reprocessing recycled PET into clean, reusable resin. Environmental research firm Franklin Associates (Overland Park, Kan.) conducted the research.
NAPCOR has created an infographic summary to communicate the environmental benefits of using recycled PET. It also has created a calculator to help companies that use recycled PET determine their own environmental benefits. Visit napcor.com/sustainability/life-cycle-analysis.