PET packaging has less environmental impact than other packaging
PET packaging has a better environmental impact than many other packaging alternatives such as
molded fiber and glass. And when you use recycled PET material, that footprint gets even
When you source environmentally responsible packaging material, get the facts and don’t believe
Myth #1: Paper packaging material is better for the environment that
Oregon Dept. of Environment Quality
Truth: Alternative packaging in general has a
larger negative environment impact that virgin or recycled PET (see the
life cycle data below). In addition, paper packaging has a lower rate of recycling than PET.
Myth #2: Medical packaging cannot be made from recycled PET.
Truth: Recycled PET is approved for direct food contact
application and with proper testing, could be used in the medical industry.
Myth #3: It’s too expensive to use recycled PET.
Truth: Recycled PET can be as cost effective as
Myth #4: Recycled PET does not have the same performance as virgin
Truth: Virgin and recycled PET can have the same
mechanical and physical attributes.
Myth #5: Consumers believe that paper is better for the environment
than plastic, so paper is the right choice for marketing purposes.
Truth: Educate your consumers about the truth by including a
sustainability statement on your PET packaging. Additionally, include the
recycling symbol and encourage people to recycle plastic.
About the 2019 Holiday Package
Celebrating GOEX’s long history of sustainability efforts, this year’s ornament packaging
features material extruded from post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET.
This custom plastic package showcases all the benefits of plastic packaging including clarity,
light weight, durability, and many more protective properties, all while being environmentally
To minimize the environmental impact of our products, GOEX has a Sustainability Strategy that
ensures our operations and business practices are environmentally sound. This includes a
continued focus on a zero-landfill policy with all plastic materials used in production.
Life Cycle Impacts of Plastic vs. Alternatives*
|Use of plastics vs. alternatives
||18 million fewer passenger vehicles/year
|1.1 million fewer tanker trucks of gasoline
|Global Warming Potential
||14 million fewer passenger vehicles/year
|889,000 fewer tanker trucks of gasoline
||461,000 fewer Olympic swimming pools
|Solid Waste (Weight)
||290,000 fewer 747 airplanes
|Solid Waste (Volume)
||1,496 fewer U.S. Capitol Rotundas
||292,000 fewer railcars of coal
*Alternatives include paper, paperboard, glass, steel, aluminum, textiles, rubber and cork.
Source: Franklin Associates
Life Cycle Impacts of Recycled PET vs. Virgin PET
|Use of recycled vs. virgin PET
|Cumulative Energy Demand
|Fossil Resource Scarcity
Learn how GOEX can assist with your sustainable material efforts.