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Recyclable Ocean-bound rPET thermoforming film

Grounded’s 100% ocean-bound (PCR) rPET thermoforming film is available in a number of thicknesses. It has been sourced from communities primarily in South-east Asia and has transparent third party audits to verify authenticity.  It is suitable for a number of applications across both food and other consumer goods  and can be used on all types of automated thermoforming machinery. Compared to other plastics, PET is the most widely recycled, with water (and other beverage) bottles being the poster child feedstock. The most common use case for Recycled PET (rPET) is polyester clothing, but it can also be turned into rigid plastic (ie new bottles) or foam.


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The Good

  • Grounded's ocean bound plastic collection systems have a material impact on reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans
  • Recycled PET is relatively abundant and affordable, and as such it makes for an easy alternative for businesses looking to move away from virgin plastic
  • It has a considerably lower carbon footprint compared to virgin PET
  • Transitioning to recycled materials has a positive effect across the wider recycling economy as it creates demand for recycled content where historically there has been none
  • The recycling industry is a critical part of any functioning circular economy and by increasing demand for recycled materials, it fuels the development of critical waste management infrastructure
  • Due to its inert nature, if PET ends up in landfills it reforms into biogenic carbon over time, instead of generating greenhouse gas emissions.

The Bad

  • Raw material quality can be variable, due to the nature of recycling systems. This can result in a slightly speckled texture and at times can lead to the material being slightly more brittle
  • It is not biodegradable or compostable, and if it ends up in the environment it is likely to be there for many years before turning into biogenic carbon

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