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PET

This thermoplastic material (abbreviation for polyethylene terephthalate), which has been known since the 1930s, was further developed and made mouldable in the 1960s. It is used to manufacture bottles (PET bottles), films and textile fibres. The breakthrough came in 1978, when Coca-Cola marketed the branded drink in a 2-liter bottle made of this material. PET bottles in sizes from 0.3 to 5.0 litres are in circulation. From the 1990s, wines of simpler cuts were also filled in PET bottles. Since the EU wine market regulation, which came into force in August 2009, the use of PET bottles is now also permitted for quality wines. The plastic is also used for the production of Bag-in-Box, Tetra Pak and capsules.

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