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  • n. Any salt or ester of terephthalic acid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A salt of terephthalic acid.


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  • The mayor - and the journalists who dutifully conveyed his fears to the public - seemed oblivious to the fact that plastic bottles do not contain phthalates; they are, instead, made with a polyester called polyethylene terephthalate, which is something quite different even though it seems to sound similar.

    Trevor Butterworth: The Worst Science Stories of 2007

  • Higher resin costs are pushing up the price of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, the plastic used in a variety of consumer products such as soda bottles and clothing.

    Plastic Prices to Pressure Soda Prices

  • Mr. Gott is currently experimenting with PET bottles aka polyethylene terephthalate, a recycled plastic used for cheap wines in Europe but says it's been a challenge: It's hard to make the PET bottle look large enough.

    Paper or Plastic? Wine by the Box, Keg and Can

  • Mike Esterl/The Wall Street Journal Plastic bottles are sorted at a Coke recycling plant in Spartanburg, S.C. Today, the troubled facility highlights the Atlanta beverage giant's struggles to build a recycling business in the U.S. Last year the plant produced only about a third of its targeted 100 million pounds of plastic recycled from PET, or polyethylene terephthalate.

    Bottle Recycling Plan Is Left at the Curb

  • The final product is constructed of polyethylene terephthalate, a standard medical plastic, and weighs less than 5g.

    Daily Dispatch: Facebook testing Voice Calls; Internet Buttons makes Internet easier for newbies

  • Each chair is made of a mix of 60 percent PET plastic (recycled polyethylene terephthalate plastic) and a special combination of other materials, which includes pigment and glass fiber for strength.

    AfterGlow Chair – Luminous Chair Made from Recycled Milk Jugs

  • Polycarbonate, acrylic, mylar, polyethylene terephthalate (the stuff they use for Coke bottles), maybe silicone if you could find some that's clear.

    Why the Moon? Here's Why. - NASA Watch

  • For example, the carbon footprint of manufacturing 100% PCR Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), like in a water bottle, is 60% lower than virgin PET (yes, that includes all the energy to collect, recycle, and remanufacture the plastic).

    Adam Lowry: Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic (PCR) Is the Answer

  • The average recycling rate for nonalcoholic U.S. beverage containers is 34%, and only 25% for plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate, better known as PET.

    PepsiCo Plans Recycling Initiative

  • The goal of the collaboration between Coke and Emeco is commendable: to "alter consumer behavior by illustrating the value of rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) with beautifully designed and everyday products -- ultimately encouraging more recycling."

    A Second Life For Coke Bottles


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