Monday, May 12, 2008

The Scoop on Recyclable Plastic Containers

In recent months there has been a lot of concern over the materials that plastic bottles are made out of leeching into the products they contain. Much focus has been on this occurring with bottled waters, other consumed products, and with personal care products we use on our skin.

Recyclable plastic bottles have a number (resin identification code) located on their bottom surrounded by a triangle of arrows (symbol for recycling). This code ranges from 1 to 7, with each number denoting the type of plastic it is made out of and it’s resulting properties and applications. PET/PETE 1 is considered to be the safest, known for its strength, toughness, and for creating a strong barrier to gas and moisture. For a complete definition of Plastic Recycling and list of codes, please visit

Most Erbaviva products come in cloth or glass containers, but when a plastic bottle is required, Erbaviva uses only PET/PETE 1 bottles.

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