100% Recyclable


Environmentally responsible

Rainbow Trays products are produced in clean room conditions and manufactured using recycled material. The recycled content is minimum  80%.

The robust base trays should be re-used at least 100 times

The disposable insert trays are manufactured to use as little material as possible; less than a standard drinks bottle to reduce the volume of plastic used

Every part of Rainbow Trays is
100% recyclable

Please dispose of responsibly

Polyethylene Terephthalate

Rainbow Trays™ are made from three different types of Polyethylene Terephthalate.

Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol - PETG,
Polyethylene Terephthalate - PET and
Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate - RPET.

The base trays are made from PETG and PET while the disposable insert trays are made from RPET and PET.
Rainbow Tray™ base trays are made using PETG which has excellent chemical resistance, is sterile, bacteriostatic and ideal for medical applications.

The disposable insert trays are made using Virgin PET and RPET at a ratio of at least 80% RPET. The construction is a sandwich with the Virgin PET on the outer
What is PET?

PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) is a plastic resin and a form of polyester. Polyethylene terephthalate is a polymer created by the combination of two monomers: modified ethylene glycol and purified terephthalic acid.

PET is routinely used globally in food and drinks packaging industry and is the most sustainable plastic available for use where bacteriostatic properties are required.

PET can be identified by looking at the bottom or backs of containers for the #01 resin identification code – a symbol recognized by the #01 in the middle surrounded by the “chasing arrows”.
Environmental Information

Rainbow Trays™ are 100% RECYCLABLE.  Where facilities exist, Rainbow Trays™ can be recycled in regular municipal recycling facilities. The cost of this is up to 10 times less than the cost of the removal of clinical waste.

Recycled polyethylene terephthalate is known as RPET, and is the most widely recycled plastic in the world.  RPET is used in the production of Rainbow Trays and is safely sandwiched between outer layers of virgin PET. The minimum proportion of RPET in Rainbow Trays is 80%.

Rainbow Trays™ are made from recycled PET and are suitable for 100% recycling. This makes the Rainbow Trays™ the most environmentally friendly option to use compared to pulp or other composite materials that cannot be recycled and reused.
Ball and stick model of a section of Polyethylene Terephthalate
PET is Safe for Medical Use

Global confidence in the hygienic and chemical safety of PET stems from the fact that the PET polymer is very stable and inert. Like glass, it is strong, resistant to attack by micro-organisms, does not react with foods, and without the requisite chemical additives, will not biologically degrade.

PET is approved for food use by both the US Food and Drug Administration and its European counterpart, the European Food Safety Authority. PET is non-toxic and safe for the packaging and storage of food and beverage products. it is biologically inert if ingested, safe during handling and not a hazard if inhaled. PET is also bacteriostatic which means it will not harbour bacterial growth on its surface.

PET is one of the safest plastic materials available. It does not use Bisphenol A in its manufacture nor contain endocrine disruptors, orthos phthalates (plasticizers), dioxins, nor any heavy metals (Mercury, Lead, Cadmium or Hexavalent Chromium)
A Brief History of Polyethylene Terephthalate

In the mid-1940’s chemists at DuPont, searching for materials for use in textile fibres, synthesised polyethylene terephthalate. PET film was created in the 1950’s by stretching a thin extruded sheet of PET which is found today in photographic, video, X-ray and packaging films. Then in the 70’s, blow-stretch moulding of PET in shatterproof bottles was developed and in 1977 the first PET bottle was recycled.

Recycling of PET first started in 1975 and today PET is the most widely recycled plastic in the world. All parts of it can be recycled and turned into a multitude of new uses - from new PET film and products to fleece textiles, shoes, fibres, carpeting, automotive parts and luggage - or even sports kits, such as those designed by Nike for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil earlier this year. The use of recycled PET in place of virgin material typically results in reduced energy consumption, lower cost, and reduced environmental impact.