SÃO PAULO, Brazil
As the world continues to combat coronavirus spread, Eastman is continuing to do what it can to help. The company is partnering with Suntech Supplies, a manufacturer of sunglasses, prescription glasses, and safety glasses, to produce and donate protective goggles to help ensure the safety of frontline healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in hospitals throughout Brazil.
To enable production, Eastman is providing Suntech with a donation of Eastman Trēva™ engineering bioplastic, a high-quality cellulose-based thermoplastic. It offers excellent chemical resistance and versatility. Trēva ensures longer durability while offering better comfortability than other plastics. Plus, Trēva contains more than 40% biobased content derived from sustainably harvested trees.
"We want to ensure that these goggles have the best quality and offer high performance to health care professionals that will use them while battling to save lives," says Rogério Dias, sales manager of specialty plastics for Eastman in Latin America. "This initiative is part of Eastman's mission to collaborate and aid in the fight against this worldwide health challenge".
These essential PPE goggles were manufactured at Suntech's plant in Itupeva, in the countryside of São Paulo state, Brazil. "The idea was conceived when we realized that we could help the battle against coronavirus, since goggles are one of the scarcer pieces of equipment for health care professionals nowadays," says Suntech's industrial director José Ubaldo Lomonaco Neto.