Eastman introduces sustainable copolyester Tritan Renew

Plastics company's high-performance material is made using up to 50% recycled content derived from waste plastic

Specialty plastics provider Eastman has launched a new copolyester material claimed to offer ‘sustainability without compromise’.

Tritan Renew is made with up to 50% recycled content derived from waste plastic, but also offers the safety, durability and performance of the original Tritan material, according to Eastman.

“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,” commented 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.”

Eastman’s Advanced Circular Recycling technologies, which comprise both carbon renewal technology (CRT) and polyester renewal technology (PRT), boast a significantly lower carbon footprint than production processes for products made from fossil fuel-based raw materials.

According to the company, its molecular recycling innovations can return waste plastic to its molecular form an infinite number of times.

Commenting on the new eco-friendly polyester, Scott Ballard, Vice President and General Manager for Eastman Specialty Plastics, noted: “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 the waste from single-use materials since its introduction in 2008.”

The recycled content of these products is said to be achieved through a mass balance allocation process certified by International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC).

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