Eastman has again received Cradle to Cradle Certified™ (C2C) Bronze recognition and, for the first time, has been awarded the Platinum-level Material Health Certificate through December 2019. The certification applies to eight of Eastman’s polymer lines, including Cadence, Eastar, Ecdel, Embrace, Neostar, Provista, Spectar, and Tritan. This is the first time that Eastman products have achieved the highest possible rating for Material Health and the first time that Eastman Tritan™ copolyester has been included in the certification.
The C2C certification process, administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, looks at finished goods and evaluates the materials that the products are made of; what can be done with them when they're disposed of; energy and water use; and companies' social responsibility strategies. The Platinum rating was a result of an assessment by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), a third-party accredited organization, that evaluated all formulation components and found none to be dangerous or hazardous as defined by C2C.
“Eastman is committed to enhancing the quality of life in a material way, and we strive to create a safe and sustainable product portfolio,” said Holli Alexander, manager of sustainability strategic initiatives for Eastman. “We’ve been honored to hold C2C certification for our materials since 2005. This new level of recognition for our polymers is a great achievement, and we look forward to continuing to incorporate these standards into our products.”
The certified materials are used in a wide range of products and industries, including architecture, design and construction. For example, Eastar™ copolyesters are used to make pen caps, pen barrels, toys, sporting goods and more. The Eastman Embrace™ family of resins is used to make shrink films that are compatible with modern recycling infrastructure. Tritan is ideal for markets such as consumer and commercial housewares as well as medical devices and medical packaging that demand clarity, toughness, chemical resistance, color stability and functional integrity after sterilization.