ROTTERDAM, Netherlands

Global brand air up® has launched a new reusable bottle line for the European market made with Eastman Tritan™ Renew that further expands the air up® mission to eliminate single-use plastic waste. Founded on shifting people into healthier and more sustainable lifestyles, air up® is a German company whose refillable bottle system replaces flavored drinks widely available in single-use plastic bottles while providing a satisfying drinking experience. Tritan Renew is made with 50% certified recycled content* using Eastman’s molecular recycling technology, which breaks down hard-to-recycle waste plastics into their molecular building blocks to create new polymers. The new air up® Generation 2 bottles made with Tritan Renew are manufactured in the European Union at production facilities that use 100% renewable energy and use up to 88% less plastic than single-use plastic bottles. The collection is lightweight, shatter-resistant and available in two sizes — 600 milliliter and 1 liter — from air up®.

"We believe it's time to think new when it comes to product development, recognizing that addressing climate change requires more than simply urging immediate behavior change,” said Lena Jüngst, co-founder and chief evangelist of air up®. “Our approach is to create high-quality products that not only appeal to consumers but also lead to an impact on society and the environment. Our new bottles made with Tritan Renew are a powerful example of how we are actively working to create change together with Eastman, a leader in circular materials innovation.”

air up® is the world's first refillable drinking system with retronasal smell, where plain water is flavored through scent alone. With air up® bottles, a flavor pod with natural aromas is placed on the mouthpiece, and as you drink water from the straw, aromatized air is simultaneously drawn in and reaches the olfactory center. In short, we think we taste cherry or lime when we are only drinking unflavored water.  “We are proud to continue our journey with air up® as they launch their new line with Tritan Renew,” said Glenn Goldman, commercial director for plastics at Eastman. “This partnership reflects our shared strong commitment to combating the global plastic waste crisis, while providing innovation to the hydration market.”

Eastman is rapidly approaching startup of the world’s largest material-to-material molecular recycling facility at its manufacturing site in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. The facility will process 110,000 metric tons of hard-to-recycle waste plastic each year.

*Recycled content is certified by ISCC using mass balance allocation.

About air up®

air up® is the German company behind the world’s first refillable scent-based drinking system that flavors water through scent alone. Since its launch in Europe in July 2019, air up® has raised more than EUR 60M over two funding rounds, and has grown into a company that operates in 11 countries including the U.S. The scale-up counts more than 300 employees all over the globe and enjoys a customer base of its innovative scent-based drinking system in the millions. The managing directors of air up GmbH include Christian Hauth (CEO), Jannis Koppitz (CEO), Magdalena Jüngst (CCO), Simon Nüesch (CMO), Tim Jäger (Chief of Research and Development), and Tobias Klostermann (SVP Supply Chain & Logistics).

About Eastman

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2022 revenue of approximately $10.6 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.

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