Tritan beverageware prototype field-tested in Chicago restaurant
Kingsport, Tenn. — March 15, 2010 — Eastman Chemical Company announced today that U.S. Acrylic, a supplier of housewares and giftware products, has introduced Clarus™, one of the largest collections of beverageware made exclusively with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. The collection also includes serving accessories. Tritan balances the properties of clarity, toughness, and heat and chemical resistance, and is manufactured without bisphenol-A (BPA).
“We recognized the importance of a BPA-free material for production of the Clarus collection, but as we considered polycarbonate (PC) alternatives, we quickly realized the other advantages of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester,” said Jerry Lee, CEO of U.S. Acrylic. “With Tritan, we were able to create new-generation drinkware that provided a highly durable, clear and safe product for consumers.”
U.S. Acrylic also chose Eastman Tritan™ copolyester for the production of the Clarus line of tumblers, stemware, pitchers, mugs and serving accessories because it is extremely dishwasher-durable, heat- and chemical-resistant, and made in the United States.
After selecting Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, U.S. Acrylic simultaneously began field-testing prototyped tumblers made with Tritan in one of Chicago’s busiest restaurants, Bob Chinn’s Crab House. After six months of testing and an estimated 500 cycles in a commercial dishwasher, the tumblers made with Tritan maintained their toughness and visual appeal better than those made with styrene acrylonitrile (SAN).
The initial results of our field test are extremely encouraging and provide verification and support of our decision to use Eastman Tritan™ copolyester for the Clarus line,” Lee said. “Eastman has helped us achieve a quality product that wouldn’t have been possible without its technical support and high level of service.”
About U.S. Acrylic
The premier U.S. supplier of acrylic housewares and giftware products since 1978 and widely known for quality, innovation, and service, U.S. Acrylic has expanded its product scope to offer a wide range of items and materials — most notably, the company’s new Clarus
™ beverageware collection, made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. A strong advocate for American
The Clarus line will be showcased at the International Home and Housewares Show (IHHS) in
U.S. Acrylic Booth S1015 and Eastman Booth S5021 from March 14 to 16 in Chicago and is available through select retailers.
For more information about Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, visit www.eastman.com/tritan.
For more information about U.S. Acrylic, visit www.usacrylic.com.