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PET is the acronym for polyethylene terephthalate, a specific type of polyester. It’s easy to identify a PET container because it will have a #1 code on or near the bottom of the package. PET is transparent, lightweight, strong, safe, shatterproof, and recyclable.

Its inherent barrier makes it suitable for a wide array of product applications, especially those that include liquids, such as soft drinks, water, juice, peanut butter, salad dressings, beer, and alcoholic beverages. In addition to packing, PET is manufactured in sheet form, which is then crafted into cups and other rigid packaging for a variety of food items.