#1 PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) – PET is the chemical name for polyester. It is a clear, strong, and lightweight plastic.
Used For: cosmetic containers, plastic bottles, prepared food trays, clamshell food containers, and mouthwash bottles.
How to recycle: It is often washed and remelted and made into new PET products. Almost every recycling program in North America and Europe accepts PET containers. Although it is the most recycled plastic in the world, it is best to reduce your single-use plastic consumption and look for alternatives like paper packaging. Only 9% of plastic gets recycled and PET plastic often ends up in our landfill, waterways, and oceans – having harmful effects on the environment.