A New Life for Soda Bottles | September 19, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 38 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 89 Issue 38 | pp. 30-32
Issue Date: September 19, 2011

A New Life for Soda Bottles

ACS Meeting News: Symposium explores the benefits and challenges of recycling PET
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: PET, polyethylene terephthalate, recycling

For anyone who has bought polyester carpeting recently, chances are good that the polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, that makes up the fibers squishing beneath their feet had a previous life as a soda bottle. The same goes for some pillow and ski jacket fillings, cotton-polyester blend sheets, and the plastic strapping wrapped around packages. And of course, some soda bottles find new life as another soda bottle.

Turning garbage into goods may have seemed like . . .

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