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Perfect Packaging Materials Part 2: PET Plastics

December 26, 2012|BY: Rob Helmke

Custom PET thermoformed thin gauge rigid food packaging
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From our last blog post, you now know a little about polyethylene terephthalates, or PET plastics. You know that this type of plastic is a staple in food and beverage packaging. It’s also used in the packaging of plenty of other products, though not necessarily ones you want to eat or drink—PET is a mainstay for packaging things like cosmetics and cleaning chemicals. Just look at the recycling code on any PET plastic package, and you’ll see: It’s number one.

Clear, Safe and Sturdy

When they’re processed properly, PET plastic packages are perfectly clear, giving consumers a pristine view of whatever they hold. And they aren’t just popular for their good looks, either. PET plastics are strong, and they hold up even in extreme temperatures. They’re durable, lightweight, and easy to recycle—all things that matter to today’s consumer, and a serious boon when you’re looking for a practical packing material.

So PET plastics are versatile, recyclable, beautiful and lightweight. They can be thermoformed into innovative products, and they’re a remarkable value. Even still, though, there’s more to love about this material: PET plastics are safe. That’s why they’re so popular for things you want to keep clean, like food, and things you need to prevent from leaking, like cleaning products. Whether you’re trying to keep something out or keep something in, this plastic is strong enough without sacrificing clarity or malleability.

Tested and FDA-Approved

We know our plastics pretty well, but you don’t even have to take our word for it. According to the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), PET plastic containers have been thoroughly tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and given their stamp of approval, so you have nothing to be worried about when choosing PET. If you need safe, practical and simple, this could be exactly the packing material you’re looking for.