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1 PET is Safe Urban myths about harmful substances leaching from PET bottles from freezing or heating, leaving them in cars, etc. persist with no scientific.

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1 1 PET is Safe Urban myths about harmful substances leaching from PET bottles from freezing or heating, leaving them in cars, etc. persist with no scientific merit PET does not contain Bis-Phenol A. (Polycarbonate does) PET does not use the plasticizer thalates that have been the subject of negative press Antimony is used in PET manufacturing as a catalyst (as an oxide, which has very low toxicity). Very low occurrence of oxide of antimony means very, very low risk PET is an inert plastic, bottles can be stored unopened, frozen, or refilled. (Open bottles can harbor bacteria, the same as mugs, reusable water bottles, or any other containers) See and for more info and sourceswww.napcor.comwww.plasticsinfo.org

2 2 Bottled Water Plastic water bottles account for 0.02% of America’s oil consumption and 1/3 of 1% of the solid waste stream US residents drink an average of 27.6 gallons of bottled water annually (they drink nearly 2X as much Carbonated Soft Drinks) 75% of bottled water consumers also drink from their municipal water system Bottled water does not contain calories, caffeine, sugar, artificial flavors or colors, or other ingredients Efforts should be focused on improving all forms of recycling rates, improving transportation efficiency, and reducing waste from all consumer goods, including bottled water See and

3 3 PLA and Bio-Plastic Facts Amcor Flexibles is a large user of bio- plastics, mostly in Europe for flexible packaging applications PLA has poor barrier and strength properties compared to PET for most bottle applications Biodegradable plastics do not decompose unless they are commercially composted. They do not decompose in a landfill, or on the roadside Corn-based bioplastics require huge amounts of water, fuel, and fertilizer to grow the GMO (genetically modified) corn. The environmental benefit, if any, is very questionable and can lead to grain shortages. Any responsible market introduction of a PLA bottle must take into account the serious impacting issues related to contamination of the PET and HDPE recycling streams

4 4 Glass Bottle Facts Glass bottles require more energy to produce and generate more solid waste than a comparable PET bottle in most studies The heavier weight of glass requires more energy in all life cycle stages, including collection and recycling Glass bottles can shatter if dropped – impose a higher risk for content loss, food safety, and the user Glass requires more energy to recycle. Co-mingled glass (clear mixed with colored) lowers the value of the material and makes it more difficult to recycle Glass is not biodegradable


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