Comparison of production costs : Is traditional plastic really lower than PET ?

We should all actively promote the application of environmentally friendly materials, which PET cups are also an environmentally friendly choice.

In recent years, environmental protection and sustainable development have become the consensus of the whole society. In this wave, all kinds of industries are exploring the new direction of development, including the plastics industry in particular. When environmentally friendly materials are gradually replacing non-environmentally friendly traditional materials, the comparison of production costs between the two is undoubtedly a subject of much concern and controversy.

In the next article, we will take the comparison of environmentally friendly materials PET and traditional plastics (PP\PVC\PE...) as an example. Let's explore this topic together!


Why do people think PET more expensive than traditional plastics?

  • It is widely believed that the production process of PET cups is more complex and requires a lot of human, material and financial resources,resulting in relatively high production costs.This means that PET may be higher than traditional plastics in production costs. 
  • Some people still believe that the market demand for PET CUP is relatively small, resulting in increased cost pressures on SMEs. This will also make it more difficult to control costs and affect PET prices.


But what is the actual situation in the plastics industry?

  • With the popularity of environmental awareness

PET materials have attracted worldwide attention and market demand is growing.Customer awareness and acceptance are on the rise. More and more people are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly materials.

These trends have continuously injected new impetus into the development of the market for environmentally friendly recycled PET materials.

Taking the current situation of polyester supply and demand in China from 2016 to 2022 as an example, social demand continues to increase, and the supply of polyester continues to grow. This trend is bound to promote the popularization of polyester production.

  • With the flexible development of technology

Improve production processes through technology and introduce high-level production equipment to improve the production efficiency and quality of enterprises and reduce production costs. 

Conduct modification research and performance development by increasing investment in research and development to further improve product technical content and product value. 

  • With the introduction of relevant laws and regulations 

The government actively promotes recycling materials in packaging, textiles and electronics, emphasizing the goal of reducing emissions in production and consumption, offering tax incentives or financial subsidies…

All these initiatives not only support the standardization development of the PET industry,but also drive more companies into the environmentally friendly materials industry,bringing benefits to economies of scale.


So what is the conclusion and future outlook now?

  • Combining the above analysis, these realities have boosted the PET industry's expansion. It has also allowed PET to be integrated into all aspects of daily life, such as food packaging and electronic products, becoming an important cycle of green life.
  • Although the cost of PET may be higher than traditional plastics in the beginning. However, with increasing market demand, policy support, technological progress and other factors, they will certainly be lower,even have already been close to traditional plastics in some developed countries.In the long run, they are expected to keep pace with and even surpass traditional plastics and become the mainstream choice in the future market.


Therefore, we should all actively promote the application of environmentally friendly materials, which PET cups are also an environmentally friendly choice. As a PET cup manufacturer, Jkai will pay more attention to the deeper development of the PET industry and make more contributions to environmental products and sustainable development to meet broader market prospects and development opportunities.

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