Thanks to the polymer chemists who formulated polyethylene terephthalate, PET in short, the techniques of packaging have undergone revolutionary changes for the items from the FMCG segment in particular. It was found to be an ideal medium to pack mineral or filtered water, aerated beverages including spirits and liquor, processed syrups, sauces, edible oils, personal care items like shampoo and lotions, detergents, insecticides and industrial oils etc.
Indeed, the FMCG industry found PET to be the most favourable since it was extremely light and unbreakable as compared to the conventional glass, ceramics, tin, and even aluminium. Further the design and size of the packaging too happened to have ample scope for attractive variations and above all, PET packaging meant optimum shelf life. However, environmentalists including the NGT (National Green Tribunal) raised doubts over the PET technology despite scientific studies proving that it is no more harmful and that it can be recycled.