Most plastic bottles are recycled into clothes
Today’s Video of the Day from the American Chemical Society (ACS) explains why most plastic bottles are recycled into clothes instead of being transformed into new bottles.
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a flexible and moldable plastic that is used to make plastic bottles.
The chemistry of PET makes it difficult and expensive to be recycled back into plastic, which is why it is often spun into polyester fibers and fabrics.
This type of recycling is referred to as downgrading because once the plastic is converted to fabric it cannot be recycled again.
The video is part of the ACS series Reactions.
Video Credit: American Chemical Society