White plastic flakes from a plastic recycling facility. (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources/Flickr)

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a material that commonly appears in everything from drink containers to carpets. It’s also one of the most widely (and easily) recycled materials on the planet. We use it a ton, and that’s a good thing. Here’s why: Reduced need for virgin plastic When companies pick rPET over new plastic, they’re


If you’re not already eating naked, you should be. No, we don’t mean literally eating naked. We mean filling up your diet with more nutritious, unprocessed foods. You can also forget about counting calories. Nutritional therapist Margaret Floyd has just released Eat Naked, a book geared towards making a healthy diet simple and achievable by replacing harmful overly


An Oregon-based start-up called Agilyx is turning heads with its economically viable technology for turning waste plastics of all types into synthetic crude oil. The company is eyeing plastic handlers and recyclers as potential customers, and has recently received an additional $22 million from a group of prominent investors. The company’s 8-vessel system heats up

A national reach study on plastic recycling collection sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) was released this month. The study was conducted to determine what percentage of the American population has access to recycling different types of plastics. It found that 94% of Americans had access to PET and HDPE bottle and cap recycling and

As the global culture begins to shift toward sustainability, demand for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) has been rising steadily over the past few years. According to ICIS Chemical Business, R-PET demand in Europe has increased by 10% per year for the past four years, and some industry forecasters expect growth in this market to increase

I was very pleased to have been invited to attend COP16 by my new friends and colleagues at Safe Planet. I went to the conference expecting great things despite the poor results (or perhaps better stated “lack of results”) generated at the previous climate conference in Copenhagen. I was extremely optimistic about this particular conference

FROM TRIPLEPUNDIT.COM FEBRUARY 02, 2010 Numerous organizations and companies have committed to making the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games more environmentally friendly. Whether it is the Olympic medals comprised partly of electronic waste or the Olympia electric ice-resurfacing machine, next to gold, green is the color of choice when it comes to the

FROM GREENERPACKAGE.COM A new study is said to confirm that recycling plastics, specifically PET and high-density polyethylene, results in significant savings in energy and greenhouse gas emissions. The study, conducted by Franklin Associates Ltd., used life cycle inventory (LCI) methodology to quantify the energy requirements, solid wastes, and atmospheric and waterborne emissions for the processes required to