A material revolution—one pair of frames at a time

The Eastman Renew product portfolio puts our sustainability commitment into practice. Our goals, initiatives, and achievements are detailed in our 2022 sustainability report.

Graphic shows Eastman’s six principles guiding plastic circularity, including recycling, circularity, impact, economics and transparency. Shows the circular process of production, consumption, collection and recycling.

With our molecular recycling technologies, Eastman is a leading supplier of sustainable solutions.

Molecular recycling technology uses hard-to-recycle waste plastic as a feedstock and breaks it down at the molecular level. As a result, it helps divert waste from landfills, incinerators, and the environment while reducing GHG emissions.

Graphic shows mechanical recycling leaves material in landfills, but molecular recycling creates infinite recycling opportunities.

Graphic shows carbon renewal technology is a circular process of recycling, carbon renewal, material production, new materials made, finished products and disposal.
Graphic shows polyester renewal technology is a circular process of recycling, polyester renewal, material production, new materials made, finished products and disposal.

Eastman Renew resins offer a sustainable alternative to our heritage materials for all applications in eyewear.

Discover more about our solutions for frames and lenses.

Carbon renewal technology takes a wide array of mixed plastic waste—much of which cannot be recycled with traditional mechanical recycling—and breaks it back down into its molecular building blocks, allowing the molecules to be reassembled to build new products. This allows materials to be recycled an infinite number of times—unlike mechanical recycling—with no compromise or loss of quality. Carbon renewal technology is used for Acetate Renew and Tenite Renew for frames. Learn more about carbon renewal technology.

Polyester renewal technology unzips polyesters, using either glycolysis or methanolysis to convert them back to their basic monomers to create new materials. The molecules produced are indistinguishable from materials made with virgin or nonrecycled content. Polyester renewal technology is used for Tritan Renew frames and lenses. Learn more about polyester renewal technology.

Have confidence in your sustainability story. Rigorous certification provides peace of mind for your sustainability claims. Eastman and all value chain partners are ISCC certified, ensuring full traceability of the recycled content through the value chain.

In addition, for Tenite Renew and Acetate Renew biobased content, Eastman holds FSC and PEFC chain-of-custody certifications.

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