Keep pace with electronics trends

Seven years ago, the average household owned around three smartphones and five electronic devices1 — from mobile devices and speakers to streaming media devices and home theaters.

Changing needs and recent innovations make this household seem like ancient history. The need for connectivity has increased dramatically since the pandemic to enable remote access for work, healthcare and entertainment. A 2021 survey conducted by Deloitte² says 38% of homes have become even more connected than before the pandemic, and it suggests that the typical household may now have as many as 25 connected devices.

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Trusted globally as a leading material, Eastman Tritan™ copolyester provides the quality and durability consumers recognize. Now, Eastman Tritan™ Renew brings sustainability to consumer electronics, which is perfect for discerning consumers who care about the environment as much as they care about technology. Tritan Renew is the first material made from our molecular recycling technology and featuring certified recycled content.³

The trend toward sustainable electronics is growing everywhere. More successful brands are using Tritan to make their consumer electronics look more stylish, last longer and sound better.

Through rigorous testing, Tritan and Tritan Renew have demonstrated outstanding durability and chemical resistance. They do a better job of vibration damping and distortion reduction.

Person in snow gear using phone in the mountains.
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Success under stress

Headphone bands create special challenges for engineered polymers. Repeated flex stress and exposure to chemicals from hair and skin can result in unanticipated failures. Table 1 highlights the results of a test replicating the flex fatigue challenges of headphones.

Table 1. Number of cycles to failure at 5% strain for three headphone band materials

Headphone band material Number of cycles
to failure at 5% strain4
Eastman Tritan TX1001 ~72,000
Polycarbonate ~60,000
Amorphous nylon ~18,000

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1  ”A third of Americans live in a household with three or more smartphones.” Online: Pew Research Center, 25 May 2017.
“How the pandemic has stress-tested the crowded digital home.” A report issued by Deloitte Center for Technology, Media & Telecommunications [2021] p 5. 
Certified recycled content allocated using ISCC mass balance.
5% strain is commonly used in FFU testing; compatible with 95th percentile of all heads.