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Eastman receives Cradle to Cradle Certification for polyesters
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Jun '09
Mr. Mark Costa, chief sustainability officer
Mr. Mark Costa, chief sustainability officer
Eastman Chemical Company announced that it has received Cradle to CradleCM (C2C) Silver certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC MBDC) for a number of Eastman polyesters. The certification includes polymers within several product families: Eastman Cadence, Eastar, Ecdel, Eastman Embrace, Eastman Lenstar, MedStar, Eastman Neostar, ParaStar, Eastman Provista, Eastman Spectar and Eastman TiGlaze. The certified polyesters are used in a variety of applications, including in the architecture, design, building and construction industries.

“In working closely with our customers, we recognized an opportunity to help differentiate their products in the marketplace by emphasizing the low environmental impact of our material solutions,” said Mark Costa, chief sustainability officer, Eastman Chemical Company. “Our recent MBDC certification, together with the GREENGUARD certification of select Eastman polyesters, provides our customers with a competitive advantage.”

The certification, awarded by leading environmental consulting firm MBDC, demonstrates that Eastman met specified criteria in a variety of categories measuring the sustainability and environmental impact of products. The C2C certification process analyzes products based on 30 criteria covering materials, material reutilization, energy, water and social responsibility.

MBDC utilizes a scientific process to evaluate the current human and environmental health and recyclability attributes of all materials going into products, as well as the impacts from their manufacture and use. Eastman's materials were evaluated by MBDC through its C2C Design Protocol and were recognized for their low hazard and toxicity profiles. Additionally, through the C2C certification process, all of the Eastman polymers certified were considered 100 percent recyclable.

“Our sustainability objective focuses on balancing environmental protection, social responsibility and economic growth now and in the future,” Costa said. “Sustainability is important in both the process and the product, and we are pleased that MBDC has recognized this commitment in the processing and design of our materials.”

Eastman Chemical Company

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