Plastic #1 – PETE or PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate).

No clear plastic PET#1 or PLA#7 clam-shell take out/fruit and lettuce containers.
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The "Beat the Micro Bead" campaign by asks you to sign their petition urging Proctor & Gamble to eliminate plastic polyethylene micro-beads from their products by no later than January 1st, 2015.
"PET Finds Growing Use in Non-Food Containers," April 1997, Modern Plastics, pp. 60-65.
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Recycling first started in 1952 with the Coca-Cola bottles and refillable plastic bottles became recyclable in the 1980s. Deposits on aluminum cans were introduced in 1996 and on PET bottles in 2008. The recycling is administered by Suomen palautuspakkaus Oy (abbr. Palpa), which is a private consortium of beverage importers and fabricators. Glass bottles have almost 100% recycling[] and are refilled 33 times on average. Aluminium cans have a recycling rate of about 94% and PET bottles 92% (2010), deemed to be top statistics internationally. Plastic #1 - PET or PETE stands for polyethylene terephthalate, a plastic resin and a form of polyester.
Photo provided by FlickrIn many countries, PET plastics are coded with the  number
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PET, which stands for polyethylene terephthalate, is a clear, strong and lightweight plastic belonging to the polyester family.

It is typically called "polyester" when used for fibers or fabrics, and "PET" or "PET Resin" when used for bottles, jars, containers and packaging applications.

PET is the world's packaging choice for many foods and beverages because it is hygienic, strong, lightweight, shatterproof, and retains freshness. It is most commonly used to package carbonated soft drinks and water. Consumers can identify PET containers by the triangular #1 resin identification code found on the bottom of PET bottles and jars.All of our “single-serve” bottles from 8 ounces to 3 liter that are made from non-recycled PET #1 plastic, as well as our 1 gallon and 2.5 gallon bottles made from non-recycled HDPE #2 plastic, are completely BPA-free. The FDA classifies PET as safe for packaging and has authorized its use for decades. Absolutely. PET is recyclable and highly sustainable. It can be recovered and recycled again and again –– back into containers for foods, beverages and personal care products – or into carpet and clothing fibers, automotive parts, construction materials, industrial strapping or other packaging materials. Approximately 1.5 billion pounds of used PET bottles and containers are collected in the U.S. each year for recycling. PET is the most recycled plastic in the U.S. All of our 5-gallon bottles are now made of PET #1 plastic, which is BPA-free. Our 3-gallon bottles are currently made from polycarbonate #7 plastic, a strong, clear and reusable type of plastic. In tests, water packaged in our polycarbonate bottles has been found to contain trace levels (less than 1 part per billion) of BPA. Based on consumer preference, we are planning to transition our 3-gallon bottles to BPA-free plastic bottles in the future — which could be coming to a store near youPolyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) bottles are the most common plastic container in use for soft drinks, juice, peanut butter, salad dressing, ketchup and water. The number “1” on the recycling icon identifies all bottles in this category. Currently, the American Chemistry Council states that is okay to reuse these bottles, after washing them. Eco Village Green notes many PET bottles are difficult to clean and may leach endocrine-disrupting chemicals when exposed to high temperatures. Most manufacturers intend for consumers to use each bottle once, so more research will determine if consumers can safely reuse one-time-use bottles.Bisphenol-A (BPA) is not present in our bottled water packaging smaller than three gallons. Our single-serve bottles (typically 1.5 liters and smaller) are made from PET plastic (marked with the “1” symbol), which is flexible and lightweight. Our three-liter, one-gallon and 2.5-gallon sizes are made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), identified by the “2” symbol.