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October 24th is Nathaniel Wyeth's birthday. Wyeth was an American mechanical engineer who developed the PET plastic bottle. He wanted to design a plastic bottle that could withstand the pressure of storing carbonated beverages and turned to the polymer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) because of its light weight, ease of shaping and nearly unbreakable strength. Today, PET bottles are one of the most widely used plastics used as packaging material for a variety of beverages, detergents, oil and cosmetics. They are one of the most easily recyclable plastics for reuse and can be identified by their "1-PETE" resin identification code within the recycle symbol on the packaging.

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October 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(1) kurt says:

When I was sitting in a gun tower at one of the prisons one night, I was about 30 feet up and for some reason instead of running the bucket down, I somehow wound up dropping a 20oz bottle of dr. pepper to the rover below. He missed and we were amazed that it hadn’t exploded, so he sent it up again and I threw it as high in the air as I could and let it fall to the pavement below. He sent it back up and I hurled it to the pavement as hard as I could. I could not burst the plastic bottle. You really get bored on a gun tower at night, but that one was memorable.

October 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm
(2) lil gurl says:

tis is a great article for meh because im gonna be doing a senior project on this. Peace

November 27, 2013 at 9:51 am
(3) David says:

I had always heard the tin man died due to lead poisoning, great to finally get some clarification.

November 27, 2013 at 9:53 am
(4) broseling says:

I always wondered if what I had heard was true. I play a lot of minecraft and someone was telling me the man maid of iron died due to a lead poisoning. Good to finally have some clarification.

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