Eastman Introduces Tritan Renew Sustainable Material Using 50% Recycled Plastic

June 30 2020, 00:40
Global specialty plastics provider Eastman introduced Tritan Renew, a new-generation Tritan copolyester that offers sustainability without compromise, providing the same durability, performance and safety of the original Tritan formula but now with up to 50% recycled content derived from waste plastic. Eastman also confirms that it is actively working with electronics brands to develop earbuds, headphones, audio cases, and peripherals made from sustainable materials, including Tritan Renew.

Eastman will produce Tritan Renew leveraging its own Advanced Circular Recycling technologies that use recycled plastic as a raw material, reduce consumption of fossil fuel and have lower greenhouse gas footprints.

"Tritan Renew is a significant step forward for Eastman as the first product to market using molecular recycling made possible by Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling technologies. We have made considerable progress over the past year to create sustainable solutions that convert millions of pounds of waste into new materials,” says Mark Costa, board chair and CEO of Eastman.

Eastman is committed to innovations that help it build a circular economy. In 2019, the company began commercial-scale recycling for a broad set of plastics to keep material from being sent to landfills or incinerated or, worse, ending up in the environment.

Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling technologies — carbon renewal technology (CRT) and polyester renewal technology (PRT) — have a significantly lower carbon footprint than production processes for products made from fossil fuel-based raw materials. Eastman’s molecular recycling methods can return waste plastic to its molecular form an infinite number of times, creating the possibility for a truly circular future.

"Thanks to the rapid innovation of polyester renewal technology, Tritan Renew adds certified recycled content to its exceptional performance and delivers one of the most exciting sustainability solutions available," says Scott Ballard, vice president and general manager for Eastman Specialty Plastics. "Tritan’s toughness has been enabling durable, reusable products to reduce the waste from single-use materials since its introduction in 2008."

Eastman is producing Tritan Renew with certified recycled content for a variety of durable products, including reusable sports bottles, small appliances, food-storage containers and eyewear, as well as textiles and cosmetics packaging. Audio products, including headphones and earbuds could greatly benefit from designs featuring parts that use Tritan Renew material. The recycled content of these products is achieved through a mass balance allocation process certified by ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification).

Founded in 1920 (100 years!) and headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. In 2019, Eastman began commercial-scale chemical recycling for a broad set of waste plastics — including polyesters, polypropylene, polyethylene, and polystyrene — derived from a variety of sources, including single-use plastics, textiles, and carpet. These technologies provide a true circular solution of endless recycling for materials, allowing them to be reused repeatedly.
For more information about Tritan Renew visit: eastman.com/tritanrenew
For more information about Eastman’s recycling technologies, visit eastman.eco.
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