PET is a surprisingly sensitive material. With many PET bottles currently being used for hand sanitiser, here are our top tips for storing PET containers safely and avoiding any adverse results.
- Do not store above 35 degrees Celcius (95 degrees Farenheit), to avoid heat deformation.
- Take care when arranging transit and temporary storage - avoid trucks with black curtains, and do not store pallets on trailers.
- Keep out of direct sunlight - this can be tricky when taking into account skylights and loading dock areas.
- Keep away from external heat sources - a motor exhaust or a heater may create an overly warm area in the storage facility.
- Do not shrink- or stretch-wrap before use in production.
- Do not store with glass or brittle plastics, to avoid cross-contamination in the event of a breakage of one of these types of product.
- Store away from areas with strong odours, and away from cleaning chemicals and materials, to prevent odour contamination.
- Avoid excessive force, and carefully read all recommendations regarding stacking of pallets.
Taking account of these factors should make storage of PET products hassle-free - which is well worth it, as, when selected for the right purpose, it can be a very environmentally friendly, recyclable material, which also has good visual and tactile properties.