News and events

News | September 22, 2020
Eastman joins two organizations with a vision to solve the plastic waste crisis
As part of its dedication to create a more circular economy, Eastman has joined two organizations – the Ellen MacArthur New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and the U.S. Plastics Pact – that unite members behind a shared vision to deliver solutions that address the plastic waste crisis.


GreenBiz News | September 14, 2020
Gifts from Grandma and the mass balance approach
This is a story about doing what’s right. Molecular recycling is new. Mass balance isn’t new yet it is often unfamiliar in recycling. We believe on the very deepest level that Eastman, through molecular recycling and mass balance, can contribute to a society where we reduce our use of natural resources and reuse plastic infinitely.


GreenBiz News | September 11, 2020
On Eastman’s mass balance protocol, transparency and keeping materials out of landfills
Heather Clancy, Editorial Director at GreenBiz, interviewed Scott Ballard, Vice President of specialty plastics at Eastman, on the plastic waste problem and how mass balance can help create a more circular economy right now.


GreenBiz News | September 9, 2020
A conversation about chemical recycling
Interview with Mark Costa, Eastman's CEO, and Joel Makower, GreenBiz's Executive Editor, on what is chemical recycling, and how does it factor in to the circular economy?


Recycling Today News | July 31, 2020
Change at the molecular level


News | July 22, 2020
Eastman receives Project of the Year award for recycling innovation
The Environment + Energy Leader Awards recognize projects that deliver environmental benefits or contribute to energy management. Eastman’s carbon renewal technology was announced as a Top Project of the Year when honorees were revealed Tuesday. Awards were evaluated and chosen by a panel of experts in the fields of sustainability and energy management.


GreenBiz News | June 29, 2020
Now is the time for a materials revolution


News | June 23, 2020
Eastman introduces Tritan™ Renew for sustainability without compromise
Tritan Renew offers sustainability without compromise, providing the same durability, performance and safety of original Tritan but now with up to 50% recycled content derived from waste plastic. Eastman will produce Tritan Renew with its innovative Advanced Circular Recycling technologies that use recycled plastic as a raw material, reduce consumption of fossil fuel and have lower greenhouse gas footprints.


Ensia News | May 21, 2020
Less than 10% of all plastic trash ever produced has been recycled. Is this the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for?


GreenBiz News | May 11, 2020
Inside Eastman’s moonshot goal for endlessly circular plastics?


Fast Company News | April 28, 2020
World Changing Ideas Awards 2020: General Excellence Finalists and Honorable Mentions


News | February 25, 2020
Mazzucchelli to produce acetate sheet made from Eastman's fully sustainable acetate flake
Mazzucchelli will produce and sell acetate sheet made from Eastman Acetate Renew, a cellulose diacetate composed of 60% biobased and 40% certified recycled content. Made through Eastman's innovative carbon renewal technology, Acetate Renew offers virgin-material performance, incorporates significant amounts of certified recycled content from eyewear production scrap, and results in a significant reduction in greenhouse gases when compared to the traditional manufacturing process.


News | February 14, 2020
Eastman receives Sustainability Innovation award for chemical recycling game-changer
Less than a year after Eastman launched innovative chemical recycling technologies to accelerate the circular economy, Eastman has received a sustainability innovation award for carbon renewal technology, a game-changer for recycling that can make a substantial impact on the global waste crisis.


News | February 11, 2020
Eastman tackles supply-demand gap at Plastics Recycling Conference
Global specialty plastics provider Eastman addresses the increasing demand for recycled materials at the 2020 Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show held in Nashville, Feb. 17-19. The 15th annual event brings together the world's leading sustainability voices to discuss complex issues facing the plastics recycling industry. Holli Alexander, Eastman's strategic initiative manager of global sustainability, will participate in a roundtable discussion at the closing session entitled "How to Tackle The Supply-Demand Gap.".


News | February 05, 2020
Eastman showcases sustainable cosmetics portfolio at LUXE PACK LA
Global specialty plastics provider Eastman showcases its sustainable cosmetics portfolio at LUXE PACK Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Eastman will feature new-generation Eastman Trēva™ engineering bioplastic with more than 70% sustainable content and Cristal Revēl™ copolyesters, compounded polyesters that are made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, as well as Eastman copolyesters that include RIC 1 (Resin Identification Coding) options.


News | January 30, 2020
Eastman’s Shelley Porter to discuss company’s chemical recycling innovations
In a session titled "Recycling Innovations in the U.S.," corporate innovation leaders will share their latest advances in the recycling industry. Shelley Porter, who is responsible for leading Eastman's chemical recycling technology platform, will share success stories about her team's work to provide multiple circular solutions for waste plastic that is difficult to recycle today.


News | January 30, 2020
Eastman demonstrates sustainable solutions at industry packaging conference
Eastman's Advanced Circular Recycling technologies offer beginning-of-life and end-of-life solutions for plastic packaging that might otherwise end up in landfills. These technologies create new products with high percentages of recycled content achieved through certified mass balance allocation with no diminishment in performance. The new technologies also enable closed-loop solutions so that the resulting products can be infinitely recycled. Eastman is leveraging these technologies for applications in cosmetics and food and beverage packaging as well as in its full line of resins for shrink films, including APR-approved Eastman Embrace Encore™ and Eastman Embrace Float™ copolyesters.


News | January 28, 2020
Eastman employees to address sustainability at GreenBiz 20 in Phoenix on Feb. 5
Two Eastman team members will speak at GreenBiz 20, where more than 1,500 leaders from business, academia and nongovernment organizations will explore the latest sustainable business trends. The annual conference will be at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Phoenix, Feb. 4–6, 2020.


News | November 5, 2019
Eastman to recycle discarded carpet into new materials
Eastman has partnered with Circular Polymers, a company that reclaims post- consumer waste products for recycling. Through this agreement, Eastman has secured a consistent source of feedstock for carbon renewal technology, an innovative chemical recycling method that recently began commercial operation at Eastman’s primary manufacturing site in Kingsport, Tenn.


News | October 27, 2019
Eastman featured on Fox Business Network - "EARTH with John Holden"
We worked with John Holden and his crew to discuss what our team is doing to change the complex waste plastic problems in today's world. We all want products that are good for this planet yet enhance our quality of life. However, the earth can only recycle what it knows, and that doesn't include traditional plastics. Many traditional plastics leave behind harmful microplastics that are seeping into our landfills and waterways, that make their way into our food chain. The challenges facing mankind with the latest plastic crisis are so complex that we are going back to the molecular level in order to solve them.


News | October 23, 2019
Revolutionizing recycling at the molecular level: Eastman begins commercial operation of innovative chemical recycling technology
Eastman’s carbon renewal technology breaks down waste plastics into molecular building blocks like carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Carbon renewal technology is a game-changer for recycling because it provides an end-of-life solution for many plastics from a variety of sources, such as single-use plastics, textiles, and carpet, that traditional mechanical recycling methods cannot process.


GreenBiz News | August 7, 2019
Eastman advances two chemical recycling options


News | April 3, 2019
Eastman offers second innovative recycling solution to global plastic waste problem
Introducing a second Eastman innovation called carbon renewal technology, which is capable of recycling some of the most complex plastic waste, including non-polyester plastics and mixed plastics that cannot be recycled with conventional recycling technologies. With this new recycling technology, materials such as flexible packaging and plastic films, among others, can be diverted from landfills.


News | March 5, 2019
Eastman offers innovative recycling technology for polyesters
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.