In alignment with our zero-incident mindset principles, Eastman has committed throughout our company to strive for zero pellet, flake and powder loss. That aligns with our pledge to Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS), an international program designed to keep those materials from production — such as copolyester pellets and acetate flake — completely in the production process, so there is no chance they will enter the environment. As communicated late last year, we have implemented the no material loss expectations of OCS across the company. This year, we have benchmarked with other OCS companies to understand best practices and learnings from their program implementations and their decision to take the next step to OCS blue.
Fulfilling our goal, we have now committed to the Operation Clean Sweep® blue program. We have also enhanced our internal reporting to better capture data associated with pellet, flake and powder containment loss. And since our last update, we are pleased to report that there have been no reportable plastic pellet losses to the environment outside company-operated facilities.
Eastman pledge certificate recognition as an OCS partner
Eastman OCS blue certification
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“Eastman is committed to accelerating a more circular economy, and as that commitment stimulates product innovation at Eastman, it also inspires us to apply the same principles to our operations. By joining Operation Clean Sweep blue, we are underscoring our circularity efforts with our zero-incident mindset approach to safety, ethics and compliance -- driving continual improvement and creating a better circle.”
- Kellye Walker, Eastman Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer