Eastman manufactures Estron™ acetate tow as a bundle or band of continuous fibers packaged in a bale. The acetate tow bales are sold to customers for use as one component in the production of cigarette filters.
Cellulose acetate tow is a biobased cellulosic fiber, that is biodegradable in soil and under industrial and home composting conditions.
||Eastman Estron™ acetate tow is derived from wood pulp, a renewable resource derived from trees grown in responsibly managed forests and produced in a near closed loop process where waste is either recycled, reused, or offered for sale.|
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||During the production of Estron™, production solvents are recycled back into the system to be cleaned and used again and again. This creates a near closed-loop system that ensures all waste is either reused or offered for resale.|
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred® Program has certified Eastman Estron™ acetate tow with a biobased content of 60%.
Estron™ acetate tow fibers are certified as biodegradable and compostable. TUV Austria and Din Certco provide third-party verification of biodegradability and compostability, so you can be confident when you choose Estron™.
- The certified Estron™ fiber is our current product with no changes or additions.
- Estron™ fibers are certified as biodegradable in soil and compostable in industrial and home conditions.
Wood pulp sourcing and certification
The key raw material used to make Estron™ is cellulose derived from renewable wood pulp, sourced exclusively from sustainably managed forests in North America, Western Europe, and Brazil. Eastman holds FSC® and PEFC Chain of Custody certification, and all wood pulp suppliers hold internationally recognized sustainable forestry certifications as well.
Learn more about our sustainable dissolving wood pulp sourcing policy.