Eastman, Kingsport, Tennessee, has announced a second innovation designed to address end-of-life plastics. Known as “carbon renewal technology,” the company says the innovation is capable of recycling some of the most complex end-of-life plastics, including nonpolyester plastics, flexible packaging
In March, the company announced its plans to launch an advanced circular recycling technology that breaks down polyester products that cannot be recycled by current mechanical methods into basic polymer building blocks.
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Eastman says it has completed pilot tests at its Kingsport site and plans commercial production in 2019 by leveraging existing assets. The company adds that it is exploring commercial collaborations to yield mixed plastic streams to be recycled through carbon renewal technology at commercial scale.
Eastman board Chair and CEO Mark Costa says, “Eastman has the technology, the innovation power
He continues, “Eastman is embracing its stated purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way for people around the world. This translates not only to producing superior materials for the products consumers use daily but also contributes in a meaningful way to a circular economy—an economy where we reuse and repurpose our resources so they retain their value for as long as possible.”
Steve Crawford, senior vice president
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