News - Chemists Union: The information about hazardous substances in PET packaging has no grounds

15.04.2015

The Chemists Union thinks that plastic bottles cannot contain harmful substances. 

Viktor Ivanov, an honored chemist of the Russian Federation, President of the Chemists Union, states that “PET cannot contain any dibutyl phthalate. It contravenes the laws of chemistry, global experience and numerous Russian and international studies. Phthalates (dibutyl phthalate, isobutyl phthalate, etc.) are a family of chemicals commonly used as plasticizers added to polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Phthalates are low-molecular weight compounds commercially produced (more than 1 million tons) from another product – naphthenic (phthalic) acid. In its turn, it is also produced from another product (phthalic anhydride, but not from paraxylene). The PET synthesis does not generate phthalates. No plasticizers are used in PET recycling due to its excellent flow characteristics.

 PET is a high-molecular weight polymer, which has nothing in common with low-molecular weight phthalates, except for some similarity in the name.”