Specialty plastics provider Eastman, Kingsport, Tennessee, has introduced Tritan Renew copolyester, which contains up to 50 percent recycled content derived from the company’s Advanced Circular Recycling technologies.
“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,” says Mark Costa, board chair and CEO of Eastman. “We have made considerable progress over the past year to create sustainable solutions that convert millions of pounds of waste into new materials.”
In 2019, Eastman began commercial-scale recycling for a broad set of plastics using its Advanced Circular Recycling technologies—carbon renewal technology (CRT) and polyester renewal technology (PRT).
Plastics made with the raw materials produced using these technologies have a significantly lower carbon footprint than production processes for products made from fossil fuel-based raw materials, the company says.
“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 for textiles and cosmetics packaging. The recycled content of these products is achieved through a mass balance allocation process certified by ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification), the company says.
More information is available here.