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Friday, May 11, 2012
Introducing Patrick and Portland
Patrick Elijah Tanner, often referred to as P.E.T. (his initials), comes from a very famous family within the packaging industry, known for greatness throughout generations. Portland Carlise Radcliffe, or P.C.R. to his friends, has a different tale. First off, no he’s not related to the kid that played Harry Potter. But like the boy wizard, PCR has had a rough life, only introduced to the limelight recently, due to his previously unrealized super-human power to keep the earth green through the creation of sustainable plastic bottles.
PCR may be the new kid on the block, but people know PET and where he’s from, their faith and comfort with the Tanner family can’t be easily shaken. PCR must fight his way into consideration, demonstrating how wielding green energy can sweep consumers up, bringing to light the idea of a PET-PCR partnership.
Trends in plastic bottles
That’s how the PET-PCR plastic bottle was born. Though our PCR plastic bottles, made from recycled PET offer the best of both worlds (the trust and dependability of PET mixed with sustainability of PCR) for every 100 plastic bottles we sell, less than 20 are PCR. Let’s explore the often misunderstood details that surround PCR plastic bottles.
Money, it’s the first thing people want to talk about. The recycled material that makes up PCR containers has to go through several channels before it’s ready to be formed into plastic bottles or jars again. These steps and processes cost money, which leads to the conclusion that the plastic bottles made from used material will cost you more than virgin plastic bottles. Typically, that’s true. Plastic bottles made from PCR can run as high as 10% more expensive than their virgin counterparts. Don’t let nightmares of mounting debt keep you from greening up your product line with PCR plastic bottles and jars, currently available at the same price as PET plastic bottles.
PET plastic bottles are known for their striking clarity. Clear PCR plastic bottles tend to be a bit hazy and sometimes slightly discolored. We don’t carry clear PCR plastic bottles, but we’re always open to challenge the bounds of what makes packaging appealing. A bold product color, snazzy closure and killer design and decoration packaged in a clear PCR plastic bottle could promote any green-minded product to great heights. If you have a brighter vision in mind, colored PCR plastic bottles (amber and cobalt) appear nearly identical to their PET friends, not to mention that they perform the same way as PET and are FDA, food-grade approved!
We admit our PCR product line isn’t our most stacked category. We carry plastic bottles and jars in specific sizes (8 oz, 12 oz, 16 oz) and colors (white, amber, cobalt) and that’s about it. But don’t let our inventory discourage you. If you’re interested in large enough quantities of PCR plastic bottles or jars generated from PET (or other resin types) we’re always happy to source the specific product for you.
What the story about plastic bottles really means
I’m sure you’ve followed along with our shenanigans knowing that PET and PCR are names referring to resin types and the plastic bottles that are made from them. Patrick and Portland don’t exist, not outside our imaginations at least. Yet, the lesson they teach us is clear and as important to real life business as anything else you will read on this blog. Sure PET and PCR plastic bottles are different, but it’s the combination of Patrick and Portland’s attributes (dependability and eco-friendly innovation) that make plastic bottles great.
Have you considered purchasing PCR plastic bottles? Tell us why or why not in the comments.
I’m a writer at heart, who got swept up in an intriguing industry. I learned the ropes of CPS products along with budding packagers through our customer support call center. Then I gained insight into why people love to do business with us while working with clients in Sales Support. Now, I get to encapsulate my daily packaging discoveries in writing and share them with you. Life is good.
CPS Blog Writer
I grew up in the packaging industry working for Container & Packaging Supply. I've been a bottle printer, order picker, delivery driver, graphic artist, and warehouse manager, all before I graduated from college! Following graduation I worked as the Art Director of a radio conglomerate in a top 25 market. I came back to what I love.
Executive Vice President
Like every young boy, I wanted to sell bottles when I grew up. The fulfillment of this life-long dream was met in 2004 when I came to CPS. Aside from the glitz and the glamour that naturally accompanies containers, I have enjoyed many aspects of the business. I have dabbled in warehouse, customer support, sales, marketing, and HR. Basically, I am delightful and dreamy. Oh! I forgot to mention - I have a ton of friends and admirers. Yet, it is in my deep-seeded humility where I really shine.
Executive Vice President