California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Recycle Rex

Make it with Plastic

  • The PET bottle was patented in 1973 by chemist Nathaniel Wyeth.
  • The first PET bottle was recycled in 1977.
  • The average household generates 17 pounds of PET bottles annually.
  • Five PET bottles yield enough fiber to make an extra large T-shirt.
  • It takes 25 two-liter PET bottles to make a sweater.
  • It takes 35 two-liter PET bottles to make enough fiberfill for a sleeping bag.
  • When buried, some plastic materials may last for 700 years.
  • If the pilgrims had six-packs, we'd still have the plastic rings from them today.

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Last updated: January 1, 2010
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