The PET bottle was patented in 1973 by chemist Nathaniel Wyeth (brother of distinguished American painter Andrew Wyeth).
The first PET bottle was recycled in 1977.
An estimated 9,400 curbside collection programs and 10,000 drop-off programs collect PET plastic in the United States, currently.
Approximate number of PET beverage bottles per pound:16 oz. — 18 bottles per pound20 oz. — 16 bottles per pound1 liter — 12 bottles per pound2 liter — 9 bottles per pound3 liter — 5 bottles per pound.
Cubic yards conserved in a landfill by recycling PET beverage bottles:4,800 recycled 16-ounce bottles saves a cubic yard, 4,050 recycled 20-ounce bottles saves a cubic yard, 3,240 recycled 1-liter bottles saves a cubic yard, 2,430 recycled 2-liter bottles saves a cubic yard, 1,350 recycled 3-liter bottles saves a cubic yard.
Since 1978, manufacturers have reduced the weight of a two-liter bottle by about 29%, from 68 grams to 48 grams.
Recycling a ton of PET containers saves 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space.
According to the EPA, recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTU’s.
The average household generated 42 pounds of PET plastic bottles in the year 2005.
Custom bottles (which are bottles used for products other than carbonated soft drinks) represent 62% of all PET bottles available for recycling.
Fourteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiber for an extra large T-shirt.
It takes 14 20 oz. PET bottles to make one square foot of carpet.
It takes 63 20 oz. PET bottles to make a sweater.
Fourteen 20 oz. PET bottles yield enough fiberfill for a ski jacket.
It takes 85 20 oz. PET bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.