Plastic Technologies Inc. on March 30 unveiled a bottle made with 100 percent post-consumer PET in Holland, Ohio.
The Holland-based company gave away 50,000 sports bottles to Ohio schoolchildren, but the firm now hopes to commercialize the technology it used to make the package.
"We intend to go out and sell that competitively on the market — we think it can be done," said PTI President Thomas Brady. "We're willing to manufacture preforms and containers for customers that want recycled content."
The bottles were produced on a commercial scale but are meant for use by other state and local government offices to promote recycling education, Brady said.
PTI, a PET bottle research and development firm, received more than $400,000 in grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to develop the technology.
The resin was produced at PTI recycling arm Phoenix Technologies LP in Bowling Green, Ohio.
In 1999, PTI received Food and Drug Administration approval to commercially produce the first food container made of 100 percent curbside PET. Coca-Cola Co. acknowledged then that it was considering the Phoenix process to reach its goal of increasing recycled content within its bottles.
Brady said customers already have begun placing orders for the Phoenix resin, but he would not identify the customers.
"It literally is a replacement for their resin," Brady said of the large-scale manufacturers. "It runs virtually like virgin with no change in production and no change in performance."