Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) has again received Cradle-to Cradle Certified (C2C) bronze recognition and, for the first time, has been awarded the platinum-level Material Health Certificate through December 2019. The certification applies to eight of Eastman’s polymer lines, including Cadence, Eastar, Ecdel, Embrace, Neostar, Provista, Spectar and Tritan. This is the first time that Eastman products have achieved the highest possible rating for Material Health and the first time that Eastman’s Tritan copolyester has been included in the certification.
The C2C certification process, administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, looks at finished goods and evaluates the materials from which the products are made; what can be done with them at the end of their life cycle; the energy and water used; and companies’ social responsibility strategies. The platinum rating was a result of an assessment by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), a third-party accredited organization that evaluated all formulation components and found none to be dangerous or hazardous as defined by C2C.
“Eastman is committed to enhancing the quality of life in a material way, and we strive to create a safe and sustainable product portfolio,” said Holli Alexander, Manager of Sustainability Strategic Initiatives at Eastman. “We’ve been honored to hold C2C certification for our materials since 2005. This new level of recognition for our polymers is a great achievement, and we look forward to continuing to incorporate these standards into our products.”
The certified materials are used in a range of products and industries, including architecture, design and construction. For example, Eastar copolyesters are used to make pen caps, pen barrels, toys, sporting goods and more. The Eastman Embrace family of resins is used to make shrink films that are compatible with modern recycling infrastructure. Tritan is suited for markets such as consumer and commercial housewares as well as medical devices and medical packaging that demand clarity, toughness, chemical resistance, color stability and functional integrity after sterilization, said Eastman.