water PET bottle: from trash to treasure
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aug 15, 2001
water PET bottle: from trash to treasure


bottled water is the fastest growing beverage industry in the world. according to the international
bottled water association (IBWA), sales of bottled water have increased by 500 percent over
the last decade: 1.5 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water every year, unfortunately
the recycling process is messy and inefficient. plastic bottle recycling has not kept pace with
the dramatic increases in virgin resin polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sales, particularly for
PET bottles. it’s interesting to note how the last imperative in the ecological triad of reduce /
reuse / recycle, has emerged as the one given prominence. the consequences of demanding
an emphasis on the first — reduction of consumption and production —puts one on the path
of confrontation with a system which seeking to function at maximum capacity, not minimum.

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