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Eastman unveils vision for sustainable future at Luxe Pack Monaco

Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN) will unveil the transformation of its cosmetics portfolio through the use of sustainable materials at the forthcoming Luxe Pack Monaco event at the Grimaldi Forum on Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Notably, the company will showcase the next generation of its Treva engineering bioplastic and introduce Cristal Revel copolyesters, a new line of proprietary polyester compounds containing post-consumer recycled content.

Eastman will participate alongside the Glass Polymer family of cosmetic materials in the circular economy via its recently announced recycling and sustainability technologies.

Eastman’s mechanical recycling stream technologies leverage municipal recycling streams to compound high-quality PCR feedstock with proprietary combinations of virgin copolyester. The resulting resin addresses a diverse set of needs in color, processing, sustainability and mold thickness in a single pellet solution. Additionally, most of these products are compatible with the PET recycle stream, enabling brands to “close the loop” via an existing and familiar recycling infrastructure.

Carbon renewal technology (CRT) is based on chemical recycling that diverts mixed plastic waste from landfill and converts it to simple molecular components that are then reintroduced in the production of a variety of Eastman products, including Treva. 

Advanced circular recycling (ACR) is a chemical recycling process leveraging methanolysis to introduce a mix of polyester waste, including colored PET and Eastman copolyesters, to produce virgin-like materials. Utilizing ACR, innovative products within the Glass Polymer family of cosmetic materials, such as Eastman Cristal EV600, will incorporate a high percentages of recycled material with zero drop-off in performance, safety or aesthetics.

The annual Luxe Pack In Green awards recognize the best sustainable packaging innovations in the world and the most responsible initiatives. Eastman is pleased to be among this year’s nominees for its circular solutions. Winners will be announced on Oct. 1. 

“At Eastman, sustainability is at the core of who we are as a company. Investment in these new technologies underscores our unwavering commitment to ensure full participation in the circular economy,” said Glenn Goldman, Marketing Director, Eastman Specialty Plastics. “The products we are introducing provide real solutions to sustainability challenges and represent a brighter future for our company and our partners.”            

Publication date: 20/09/2019

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This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.