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[greenyes] More on REFPET bottles

Someone else wrote and said:

Hi Pat,
I am from Europe originally (live in CA) and I can tell you for sure that I
have not seen water or beer being sold in refillable PET bottles. It's
mostly soda pop.

Which one of the two - single-use or refillable systems - is more feasible
or environmentally friendly is an old and very controversial fight.
According to the last I heard they are very close if you balance pros and
cons by energy conservation standards as well as pollution.


My response was as follows:

Thanks for the note. An article in Packaging World titled "Carlsberg's
plastic beer bottle adds barrier" reads: Just a few months after introducing
a refillable beer bottle made of polyethylene naphthalate in Denmark (see
Packaging World, Sept. '99, p. 10, or packworld. com/go/ carlsberg),
Copenhagen-based Carlsberg AS has announced its Carlsberg-Tetley subsidiary
is launching a one-way plastic beer bottle in the United Kingdom. Made by
Schmalbach-Lubeca (Manchester, MI), the 500-mL bottle weighs 29 g. It is
co-injection/ stretch blow-molded and consists of "modified" nylon between
two layers of polyethylene terephthalate. Schmalbach-Lubeca isn't saying if
the bottle incorporates an oxygen scavenger.

The url to the article is at

I also added that it would be difficult to convince me that a plastic
one-way beverage bottle is more environmentally sound than a plastic
beverage bottle that can be refilled dozens of times. Life cycle analyses
can be tricky.

Cheers to all!

Patricia Franklin
Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, Ste. 702
Arlington, VA 22209

TEL: 703.276.9800
FAX: 703.276.9587
EMAIL: pfranklin@no.address

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