Issue Date: May 29, 2017
New bottle plastic is okay in Europe
A European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle industry group has given interim approval to bottles made out of polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a polymer being developed by Synvina, a joint venture of BASF and Avantium. Whereas PET is made with purified terephthalic acid, a petrochemical, PEF is made with furandicarboxylic acid, which is derived from renewable resources. The industry group concluded that PEF bottles can be recycled alongside PET bottles.
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