Fun Facts About Plastic Recycling

Recycling 1 ton of PET saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space

90% less water is used to manufacture recycled versus virgin polyester

Every pound of PET used reduces energy use by 84% and greenhouse gases by 71%

Only 7% of all plastic generated in 2009 was recovered for recycling

It takes 700 years for plastic bottles in landfills to start decomposing

Recycling one plastic bottle saves 6 hours of energy from a 60 watt light bulb

51 billion plastic bottles in US landfills could wrap around the Earth 5 times

Fewer than 10% of plastic bottles in the US are recycled

The CertainT® platform has been used to tag ~20M lbs of polyester fiber used in many textile products.

Source: “Why is Recycled Polyester Considered a Sustainable Textile?”