In announcing the introduction of its sustainable Tritan Renew copolyester this week, Eastman stressed that the material provided the same durability, performance, and safety of the original Tritan, but with up to 50% recycled content derived from waste plastic. Eastman will produce Tritan Renew with its innovative Advanced Circular Recycling technologies that use recycled plastic as a raw material, reducing consumption of fossil fuel and greenhouse gas emissions.
“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,” said Mark Costa, Board Chair and CEO of Eastman. “We have made considerable progress in the past year to create sustainable solutions that convert millions of pounds of waste into new materials.”
Eastman’s advanced recycling technologies — carbon renewal technology (CRT) and polyester renewal technology (PRT) — carry a significantly lower carbon footprint than production processes for products made from fossil fuel–based raw materials. Eastman’s recycling innovations can return waste plastic to its molecular form an infinite number of times, creating the possibility for a truly circular future, said the company.
Scott Ballard, Vice President and General Manager for Eastman Specialty Plastics, commented: “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. Tritan’s toughness has been enabling durable, reusable products to reduce 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, eyewear, textiles, and cosmetics packaging. The recycled content of these products is achieved through a mass balance allocation process in compliance with International Sustainability & Carton Certification.
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