Understanding PVC and RPET

05.26.17 // Heritage Paper

Sustainable packaging begins with increased awareness and knowledge concerning the impact of packaging on the environment, as well as how sustainable packaging affects business and the consumer. In order to understand both the financial and environmental costs of packaging, it is important to have a strong grasp on the materials involved and how they impact the product, the consumer and the future. PVC and RPET are two commonly used terms in the packaging industry, and we’re bound to throw around the terms here and there across this blog. But what exactly are we referring to when we say PVC and RPET?

PVC and RPET are materials used for plastic packaging, and the two are very different in regard to cost, environmental impact and safety. Below, we will give you a basic rundown of each.

What is PVC?

PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, also known as vinyl, a synthetic material commonly used for thousands of applications in addition to packaging, including toys, bottles, bedding, clothing and construction materials. However, despite the material’s versatility, it is also extremely hazardous to the environment. While PVC is strong and resistant to oil, weathering and flames, its durability also means that it is difficult to break down and biodegrade. The production of PVC creates dioxin, a dangerous poison that can lead to such health problems as cancer, endometriosis, neurological damage and birth defects, among others. From the manufacturing process to the material’s disposal, the life cycle of PVC has an extremely negative impact on the health of humans and the safety of the environment, making it a hazardous choice for packaging.

What is RPET?

RPET stands for recycled polyethylene terephthalate, or recycled PET. PET is a strong, durable and recyclable material that is used for soda bottles, water bottles and food jars, while RPET can be made into such products as blankets, insulation, car parts, shoes and more. RPET is produced by collecting, sorting and recycling PET, then refining the material into flakes that can be turned into new products. Using RPET as an alternative to PVC is a huge step forward on the path toward a greener, safer and cleaner future.

Making the Switch: The H-Loc Trapped Blister

Many companies and businesses are making the switch to RPET for their packaging solutions, reducing the amount of hazardous waste produced by PVC and contributing to a healthier environment. The H-Loc Trapped Blister is an innovative packaging solution that uses RPET plastic – in minimal amounts, at that – to contain products, trapped between recycled corrugated cardboard. This comes as an alternative to using packaging that utilizes excessive nonrecyclable plastic material, such as the traditional clamshell package. With a wide range of designs and applications fit for nearly any product, the H-Loc Trapped Blister is a sustainable package that increases graphic space, security and safety while playing a major role in a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

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