Data on HDPE and PET Recycling Shows Environmental Benefits
A life-cycle inventory released by Franklin Associates, a consulting firm based in Prairie Village, Kansas, shows that recycling HDPE and PET plastics saves enough energy to power 750,000 U.S. homes. Both plastics are used widely in food packaging; HDPE is used for piping, water storage, and other uses in buildings, while PET is used for mats, fabrics, and other interior products.The life-cycle study, funded by a consortium of groups including the American Chemistry Council, finally puts real data behind sustainability claims made for recycled plastic resins. Recycling PET uses 84% less carbon than producing new material, and results in 71% less greenhouse gas emissions, according to the report. The report is available .
Wendt, A. (2010, October 11). Data on HDPE and PET Recycling Shows Environmental Benefits. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/newsbrief/data-hdpe-and-pet-recycling-shows-environmental-benefits