Eastman Estron™ acetate tow
Eastman Estron™ acetate tow

Eastman Estron™ acetate tow

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.

Sustainably harvested trees 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.
Recycled back into the system 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.
Sustainability and safety We care about the safety and well-being of our employees, the environment, and our global communities, so we operate under corporate-wide sustainability and safety initiatives. Learn more at www.eastman.com/sustainability.



The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred® Program has certified Eastman Estron™ acetate tow with a biobased content of 60%.

BioPreferred Program


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 water and compostable in industrial and home conditions.
OK biodegradable-Soil S0717 OK compost-Home S0717 OK compost-Industrial S0717
OK biodegradable-Water S0717  


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.

Responsible forestry Promoting Sustainable Forest Management  


© 2020 Eastman Chemical Company or its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.
As used herein, ® denotes registered trademark status in the U.S. only.