Everything You Need to Know About PET Jars

PET jars are a highly popular form of packaging. In fact, you probably have quite a few of them in your kitchen right now. If you are looking into using PET jars in your business, our blog will tell you everything you need to know.

What is PET?

PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate. It is a type of polyester that can be manufactured into jars to be used as packaging.

Why are PET jars so popular?

PET jars offer a range of benefits over other forms of packaging. The benefits of PET jars include:

  • PET jars can be safely used for a range of products, including food, beverages, pharmaceutical products, personal care products, and more.
  • As PET jars are lightweight, they are less costly to manufacture and transport than other forms of packaging. They use less energy to transport too, which is good for the environment.
  • PET containers are also safe for a range of other reasons. They don’t shatter when they are broken, and they can be fitted with a seal that makes it evident if the jar has been tampered with.
  • Your customers will find PET jars to be highly convenient, not least because they are lightweight. Your customers can also reseal the jars as needed.
  • PET jars can be recycled for use in a range of other products. In fact, PET is one of the most recycled types of plastic in the world.
  • You can get PET packaging in a range of sizes.
  • PET jars are also a cost-effective solution for your packaging needs.

Are PET and polyester the same?

Essentially, yes, they are the same. In fact, polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is the chemical name for polyester. When used in fabric applications, such as the manufacture of clothing, we generally refer to PET as polyester. When used in packaging applications, we call it PET.

What are PET jars used for?

As PET jars are such a versatile form of packaging with so many benefits, there are too many potential options for their use to list here. Some examples include beverages like soft drinks, fruit juices, and water, as well as mouthwash, medicines, cooking oil, salad dressing, sauces, soap, shampoo, and much more.

Is there a difference between PET and plastic?

Yes. Think of it like this – PET is plastic, but not all plastic is PET. So, just because a product says it is plastic doesn’t mean it offers the same benefits, including food safety benefits, as PET.

Why are PET jars safe for use as a food packaging product?

PET packaging is safe for food because of the characteristics of PET. Biologically, PET is inert. This means it won’t react to the food or beverage that you put inside it. PET is also resistant to micro-organisms. It is approved for use as a food packaging material here in New Zealand as well as in the US, Europe, and around the world.

PET has also been used for food packaging for a considerable time – over 30 years. Over this time, extensive tests have been conducted verifying its safety as a food packaging option.

The Food Packaging Option You Are Looking For

PET was a revolutionary food packaging product when it first started being used. Today, you can use it for the products you manufacture while enjoying the cost-effectiveness, convenience, and safety of this type of packaging.

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