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Eastman Develops Advanced Circular Recycling Technology to Tackle Polyester Waste

Eastman has announced its intention to pursue the launch of an innovative advanced circular recycling technology that uses polyester waste which cannot be recycled by current mechanical methods, and as a result, often ends up in landfills and waterways.

Advanced Circular Recycling Technology

Using the process of methanolysis, Eastman’s advanced circular recycling technology breaks down polyester-based products into their polymer building blocks. These building blocks can then be reintroduced to the production of new polyester-based polymers, delivering a true circular solution.

Eastman was one of the pioneers in developing methanolysis technology at commercial scale and has more than three decades of expertise in this innovative recycling process. Eastman’s experience with methanolysis makes it uniquely qualified to be a leader in delivering this solution at commercial scale.

Advanced circular recycling technology can be an especially impactful solution, as low-quality polyester waste that would typically be diverted to landfills can instead be recycled into high-quality polyesters suitable for use in a variety of end markets, including food contact applications.

Addressing Growing Plastic Waste Challenge

“Our long history of technical expertise in chemical processes, including methanolysis, and our leading position in copolyester chemistry, enables us to provide this innovative solution to address the growing challenges of plastic waste in our environment.” he added

Eastman is currently executing an engineering feasibility study on the design and construction of a commercial scale methanolysis facility to meet the demands of our customers and has engaged in initial discussions with potential partners across the value chain on the development of such a facility. The goal is to be operating a full-scale, advanced circular recycling facility within 24 to 36 months.

End-of-life Solutions to Advance the Circular Economy

Eastman’s efforts to find new end-of-life solutions to advance the circular economy align with the company’s innovation-driven growth strategy and commitment to create value through sustainability. With a strong focus on issues and opportunities within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework, the company has established goals and strategies to address the world’s complex challenges.

David Golden, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Sustainability Officer, and Corporate Secretary said, “We believe we have an obligation to enhance the quality of life in a material way,”

“As the desire grows for products that have a sustainable life cycle, Eastman continues to build on its heritage of world-class technology platforms and product innovation to offer solutions at the molecular level. Today, more than ever, the world needs innovation, and Eastman is excited about the possibilities we can achieve by working along the value chain, across industry sectors and with community partners to expand our efforts and make the greatest collective impact.”

Polyester Grades by Eastman

Product Name Supplier Description
Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester TX1000 Eastman Chemical Company  Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester TX1000 by Eastman Chemical Company is a clear and amorphous copolyester grade. It possesses excellent toughness and hydrolytic stability. It also offers high impact, heat... view more
Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester TX2000 Eastman Chemical Company  Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester TX2000 by Eastman Chemical Company is a clear and amorphous copolyester grade. It possesses excellent toughness and hydrolytic stability. It also offers high impact... view more
Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester TX1500HF Eastman Chemical Company  Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester TX1500HF by Eastman Chemical Company is a clear and amorphous copolyester grade. It possesses good flowability, toughness and hydrolytic stability. It also offers high... view more
Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester EX501 Eastman Chemical Company  Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester EX501 by Eastman Chemical Company is an amorphous copolyester grade. It shows consistent glass-like clarity even after multiple dishwasher cycles. It exhibits low taste... view more
Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester EX401 Eastman Chemical Company  Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester EX401 by Eastman Chemical Company is a clear and amorphous co-polyester. It offers excellent toughness, hydrolytic stability, heat-, impact and chemical resistance... view more

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