What is XPET™? What is PET?
XPET™ stands for expanded PET and is a foamed form of PET resin. PET stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate. It is made by polymerizing two ingredients – ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. PET is the most recycled and recyclable resin in the world and does not degrade when recycled into new products, making it a better, more sustainable choice for plastic containers.
What are there benefits of XPET™?
XPET™ is lightweight, durable, and recycle-ready. Treplar’s XPET™ products are made from 40% recycled PET resin, but we are working towards a 100% post-consumer PET product.
How does XPET™ compare to Styrofoam?
XPET™ is the most competitive and viable alternative to foamed PS.
Are Styrofoam and Polystyrene (PS) the same?
Styrofoam is a trademarked name for foam polystyrene. In the packaging industry, these two words are used interchangeably.
Where are your products made?
Our manufacturing facility located in West Virginia, U.S.A. will soon be operational.
Is XPET™ "recyclable" in the U.S.?
No, According to the current APR guidelines, expanded PET can not be called recyclable in the US, Treplar is actively working with industrial recyclers and reclaimers to develop better understanding of recyclability for XPET™ across the United States.
Is XPET™ compostable?
No. XPET™ is not compostable. XPET™ is made of PET resin, the most recycled resin in the US.
Why should I switch to XPET™?
Most states have already implemented a single-use plastic ban and have deadlines in place to facilitate the phase-out. One of the most-used types of packaging is Styrofoam (PS). Restaurants and foodservice outlets use PS because it is cheap. Though many businesses have by now switched to more sustainable options, the choices available tend to be more expensive. The higher cost is then passed on to the customer. XPET™ is more economical than many other options and has significant advantages over PS, clear PET, and other tray options. Businesses can keep costs low while improving sustainability, product integrity, and reliability. Plus, it just feels better to know you’re doing something good for the planet—and your customers will appreciate it too.
What’s it like to work for Treplar?
We are a growing company filled with people who genuinely love what they do! It’s a team atmosphere where every employee has a voice at the table, and all ideas are welcome. We are proudly diverse, inclusive, and equitable. We thrive on learning and love nothing more than to see our teammates succeed. If you are looking for a meaningful career, a place you’ll know you’re making a difference every day, we invite you to join us. Hop on over to our careers page [link to careers page] to view our open positions—but if you don’t see what you’re looking for, send your CV and a cover letter telling us about yourself and what you’re hoping to achieve. We’d love to have you aboard!