Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) food packaging are the latest packaging alternatives for the contemporary consumer market. PET is considered one of the best materials for plastic bottles because it is strong with little production cost and lightweight. Usually, the suitability of a storage or packaging material is decided based on how it compares with glass, metal, and wood which are considered friendly to the environment. Currently, manufacturers of PET are working towards making it one of the most reliable consumer products for food packaging.
The manufacturing process of PET plastics is sustainable in the sense that it requires the utilization of less energy and thus conserves water and fossil fuels. Despite not being as durable as glass or metal, PET plastics still outshine glass and metal in terms of energy consumption, reliability, and sustainability. The material is also flexible and pliable. As a result, it can be molded into any shape depending on need. Each of the PET bottles is tested for safety before being released to the market for utilization by consumers.
PET plastics are also 100 per cent recyclable and this helps in reducing the burden of waste materials that may end up in landfill and water sources.
What better way to determine the safety of a product than looking at the FDA approval of the product? The American FDA has approved the use of PET plastic for packaging food and beverage. Many regulator bodes around the world also hold PET plastics with the same regard and they have remained the preferred plastic packaging materials for more than 30 years now.
One of the major concerns about plastic containers is the possibility that some of the chemicals could be migrating into the food material contained within the package. One notorious chemical with this characteristic is BPA, a compound that has raised eyebrows since reports surfaced that linked it to metabolic disorders and endocrine abnormalities.
BPA is used to make polyvinyl chloride plastics and may not be present in PET plastics. The FDA and other regulatory bodies often conduct regular checks to be sure that the contain is still safe for consumers and does not jeopardize one’s health.
PET is considered a safe product by many regulatory bodies around the world. Transparent packaging films are also designed with the same considerations of costs and sustainability for both customers and business owners.