Storing PET Bottles: Eight Things That Might Catch You Out

PET must be stored in the correct conditions to ensure the integrity of the material

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.

  1. Do not store above 35 degrees Celcius (95 degrees Farenheit), to avoid heat deformation.
  2. Take care when arranging transit and temporary storage - avoid trucks with black curtains, and do not store pallets on trailers.
  3. Keep out of direct sunlight - this can be tricky when taking into account skylights and loading dock areas.
  4. Keep away from external heat sources - a motor exhaust or a heater may create an overly warm area in the storage facility.
  5. Do not shrink- or stretch-wrap before use in production.
  6. 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.
  7. Store away from areas with strong odours, and away from cleaning chemicals and materials, to prevent odour contamination.
  8. 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.