Head over to GoGreenCharleston where Chad explains Plastic #1:
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET), also known as plastic #1, is one of the most commonly used plastics in the world. Not surprisingly, it’s the most recycled plastic as well - probably all those dreaded water bottles. PET was born in 1973, and was first recycled in 1977 - I can just hear the Bee Gees singing, “More than a plastic; More than a plastic to me”. In 2005, the average U.S. household went through 42 pounds of PET, which seems like a lot.