tere·​phthal·​ate | \ ˌter-ə(f)-ˈtha-ˌlāt How to pronounce terephthalate (audio) \

Definition of terephthalate

: a salt or ester of terephthalic acid especially : a dimethyl-ester that is a major starting material for polyester fibers and coatings

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Of the 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste produced in India everyday according to CPCB, 94% is thermoplastic, or recyclable materials such as PET (polyethylene terephthalate), and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "India’s plastic waste crisis is too big, even for Modi," 28 Aug. 2019 Polyethylene terephthalate has been around since 1941. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage," 23 Aug. 2019 Yoga Design Lab uses bales of plastic bottle waste made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that have been supplied by recycling collectors and then eventually (after a mind-numbing number of steps) transformed into mats. Mary Billard, Los Angeles Times, "Is your yoga mat bad for the environment?," 19 July 2019 Most of the microplastics found in the new study were made of plastics like polyethylene terephthalate (PET), commonly used to make disposable plastic packaging. National Geographic, "Tiny plastic pieces are spread throughout the deep sea," 6 June 2019 So avoid products with these P's: polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and polymethyl methacrylate. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "What "Green" Means to Women in the Natural Beauty Industry," 8 Apr. 2019 The most common type was polypropylene, the plastic found in bottle caps, followed by polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the plastic found in the bottles themselves. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Plastic found in the poop of eight people from eight different countries," 24 Oct. 2018 These are made with a plastic called polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which consists of a bunch of very small fibers woven together. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Future 'Plastic' Could Be Made From Trees and Crab Shells," 1 Aug. 2018 Near-impossible standards In past months, China has banned 24 kinds of solid waste, including unsorted paper, certain textile materials and low-grade polyethylene terephthalate often used in plastic bottles. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "Some of your recyclables may be going to landfills," 4 July 2018

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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