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What Does the Recycle Symbol Mean – Part 2

Okay, we had a great comment from Robyn recently regarding the topic of PET ( Polyethylene Terephthalate, a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in synthetic fibers; beverage, food and other liquid containers; thermoforming applications; and engineering resins often in combination with glass fiber.)  The comment included this content that we’re going to begin writing about in this post:

“…I would like to talk about PET. This is often mentioned as a material that can be recycled and is used in lower priced “reuseable” warer bottles. However there are growing concerns and question about this material regarding it’s durability and how well it can be recycled or rather down cycled. Finally due to it not being very robust there is the potential for leaching to occur as well.”


We did some research and came up with some information from sources that we consider to be responsible advocates about PET.  Below we’ve listed in bullet point form the facts we could dig up, especially those relevant to how PET plastics relate to the environment, recycling, and the human body.  After the list, we’ll discuss a little bit about our views on the topic.

  • When you see the 1 recycling symbol on your bottle, it means its made with PET.  It’s difficult to make a claim that PET is the #1 most recycled plastic product for many reasons – your local governments recycling programs, degradation of the polymer over time/recycling cycles, people’s habits of trashing PET products vs. recycling them, quality of recycling processes, and more.  However, in our reading we saw a trend that seems to verify that PET is easily and most often the most recycled plastic product.
  • PET makes a good gas and moisture barrier, as well as for alcohol and solvents.  Hence PET’s use in much bottling/containers.
  • Copolymers are introduced into the process of making PET bottles/containers due to the presence of acetaldehyde, which is a naturally forming compound in fruits.  When it forms in PET due to thermal degradation, especially as related to water products, the bottled water can get a fruity taste.
  • Antimony trioxide is used in the production of PET.  You can find details about the World Health Organization’s qualifications for health concerns related to leaching of Antimony trioxide here:  Essentially, the health concerns are negligible to human health.
  • Some recycling companies shred PET into small fragments, resulting in pure PET fragments (after processing), or “PET flakes”. PET flakes are used as the raw material for a range of products that would otherwise be made of polyester. Examples include polyester fibres (a base material for the production of clothing, pillows, carpets, etc), polyester sheets, strapping, or back into PET bottles.
  • In 2007, the statistics were that 85% of PET bottles were NOT recycled.
  • PET bottles don’t contain bisphenol A, according to the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), a trade association for the PET plastic industry. Scientific research on the potential for PET bottles to leach harmful substance is limited.
  • There is likely to be more risk from reuse of PET bottles for bacterial infection.  Another great reason to NOT use disposable water bottles and get yourself a reusable water bottle and keep it clean!


As you can see, there is a lot of information about PET out there.  We found a lot of detail about the process of making PET and the recyling process, but not a lot about its possible health effects on humans and the environment.  However, we know this – disposable water bottles = waste, waste in production, consumption, and trash.  One product we carry, the EcoNap bed for dogs, is made with IntelliSoft fibers which are made from a patented recycling process that turns PET plastic into soft, durable fibers.

We’ve done some homework on the topic of PET, but we know there are LOTS of other research and articles out there.  Please, get in touch with us using the comment system on this blog and let us know what you’ve found.  And big thanks to Robyn for raising this topic which is an important piece of the overal topic of what the recycling triangles really mean.

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June 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm 1 comment

Washing the Dog! Washing the Dog!

Couldn’t resist the Mike Judge reference.  But we’re serious that giving the dog a bath (and other activities with our pooches that help keep them healthy and happy) seriously rock.  It’s a thrill ride just getting the son-uv-a-gun into the tub, and from there each minute is unpredictable.  And when we get wet and wild, we use either the Sparkle & Shine Brightening Shampoo or Comfy Dog Oatmeal Shampoo that we also sell on our site.  The oatmeal shampoo contains colloidal oatmeal and botanical extracts of peppermint, burdock and comfrey, all of which are natural ingredients that bring an itchy dog relief.  The Sparkle & Shine does what it promises – brightens up Fido’s coat while pearlescent brighteners add luster to the coat, refreshing not only the color but the silky texture.  Both are made for easy rinsing so the shampoo doesn’t overly lather.


We also know that you can’t be WASHING THE DOG each day.  Sorry, life just isn’t all fun and games.  So, we dig Dry Dog Instant Clean!  It’s an all natural formula that cleans without water, rinsing or mess.  An all natural ingredient called Ordenone traps and eliminates the odor causing proteins.  This one works wonders after your hound has a go at the trash to tell you you’re putting in too many hours at the office.


We’re also big fans of keeping our pooch’s eyes healthy.  We love Eyemunity Dietary Supplement to combat tear stainswhich are a symptom of a deeper systemic problem, a yeast infection called epiphora produced by bacteria.  Without boosting your pup’s immunity to epiphora, your only fighting symptoms, not the cause.


Finally, sometimes our dog’s get stressed – we see it, but rarely can do much beyond a big hug and some table scraps to try and curb it.  Check this out – Sleepy Tonic Herbal Elixir.  Formulated exclusively by Robert McDowell, the world’s leading authority on applying western herbal medicines to canine health problems, this tonic “combines herbs and homeopathic medicines so that the metabolic and nervous system imbalances are all addressed together.”


We have a bunch of other dog care products – insect spray, eye packs, butter balms, smog remedies…  ecosumo has them all and they’re all natural and guaranteed to keep you smiling while Fido pants with glee.

March 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment


…for your dog and cat.  Sorry to tease.  But you know a toy for the pooch or putty-tat means fun for you also (ever watched a cat try to get inside a sack of Nip?  Or a dog roll around with a plush bone?  If not, you are seriously missing out on some rather cheap entertainment…)

For those of you with K-9 companions, check out our dog bones created from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. These are 100% safe, re-engineered fibers that divert unnecessary waste from going to your landfill and takes eight times less energy than producing fabric from virgin fibers.  Made with 85% IntelliLoft™ recycled fibers and milled in the USA, these bones are clean, safe and comprised of completely re-engineered fibers for optimum quality and durability.


Or try the Twist rope and get involved in the action pulling your pooch around the yard (slippery floors make for lots of laughs also.)  Like the bones, this eco-conscious toy is made from fabric created from 85% IntelliLoft™ fibers.


For Mr. Whiskers, check out our Green friendly turtle shaped toy filled with energizing USDA certified Organic Catnip.  This ‘slow’ toy measures 6 inches and has a sewn-in jingling bell to drive you insane while watching Discovery Channel.


And last but never least…CATNIP!! US grown and USDA Certified Organic Catnip won’t give your kitty the munchies, instead it will make him work harder that Ed Begley Jr. at an oil spill to get at the heart of things.  This 6″ tall sack of goodness is 100% premium organic catnip wrapped in organic cotton and tied with a string made of reclaimed cotton.


February 26, 2009 at 9:57 am Leave a comment

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