Plastic bottles

What is it?

Plastic bottles (such as water bottles) are known as Polyethylene terephthalate or PET.


How does it work?

The most common ways of transforming plastic bottles include:

  • Plastic bottle re-use
  • Plastic bottles as part of a polyester supply chain

In the countries where we are working, entrepreneurs are involved in all steps of the supply chain from plastic bottle collection, to cleaning and sorting, to grinding the plastic PET into flakes and then selling these onto larger industries who transform the PET flakes into polyester fibres (part of an export industry), or back into plastic bottles (increasingly common within the drinks bottles industries).

Other, less common, but innovative uses of plastic bottles include:

Raising awareness about the value of plastic

Living Earth and local partner FCTV have worked with environmental artist Vicky Brown has created a music video to raise awareness about the value of plastic in Cameroon