Lander, part of BGZ brands, creates expedition-inspired accessories from environmentally friendly materials. Sustainability is a core strategy for the Rocky Mountain-based company, which was seeking a recycled plastic for its updated line of Torrey protective cases that would be tough enough for adventure-minded customers. This level of sustainability would be a first in the protective case market. And due to the fast pace of the market, Lander needed a solution within weeks.
Since one of their target customers, REI, was already familiar with Tritan Renew, Lander turned to Eastman.
The Eastman solution
The global specialty materials company had a product that would provide Lander sustainability without compromise. Tritan Renew is made through Eastman's molecular recycling technology, which breaks down plastic waste into fundamental building blocks to create pristine new materials. By replacing traditional fossil feedstock with recycled plastic, the company is helping to divert plastic waste from landfills and incinerators or from ending up as litter in the ocean. Tritan Renew offers durability and shatter resistance and holds up against cleaning agents. With up to 50% certified recycled content** from plastic waste, it’s a superior, sustainable alternative to polycarbonate in protective cases.
The processing of Tritan Renew is similar, but not identical, to polycarbonate, which meant a learning curve for the molder. To make matters more challenging, the design of Lander’s popular Torrey case is complicated, consisting of a rigid body with a thermoplastic elastomer overmold made from plant-based materials.
Eastman was there to help.
Just a few weeks after their initial contact in June 2020, the technical teams from Eastman and Lander collaborated on a design for the mold for the new Torrey cases, addressing the complexities posed by multiple materials. When the molder began trials, dedicated Eastman molding technicians were on hand to ensure processing went smoothly, helping to dial in speeds and temperatures and perform quality checks. Eastman’s consultants also worked with the molder to achieve International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), ensuring traceability of recycled content throughout the value chain.
“Fast turnaround and technical excellence are key in the electronics space. We’re always willing to go the extra mile for our customers,” said Courtland Jenkins, commercial director of specialty plastics for Eastman.