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Test Confirms Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester as a Safe Plastic

Published on 2015-08-20. Author : SpecialChem

KINGSPORT, Tenn., USA -- Consumers are inundated with information about the safety of plastic, much of it creating confusion about what is safe. Here’s one truth: Tritan™ from Eastman is a safe plastic. Testing confirms Tritan is BPA- and BPS-free. People looking for food containers, water bottles and small appliances can visit retail stores or go online to find hundreds of products made with Tritan.

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Tritan™ from Eastman is free of bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol A (BPA). Testing to support the safety of Tritan also has shown it is free of estrogenic and androgenic activity. These facts are supported by a series of tests performed by four independent sources, including recent BPS testing by Intertek. In addition, government regulatory and standards agencies around the world have cleared Tritan for use in a wide variety of food contact applications.

“We understand there’s conflicting information and questions about the true safety of plastics claiming to be BPA-free,” said Burt Capel, vice president and general manager, Specialty Plastics, Eastman. “It’s important for us to be transparent, address misperceptions and set the record straight that Tritan™ is free of BPA and BPS. For years, shoppers have known Tritan as the tough, clear plastic used in many housewares items. They can rest assured that Tritan also is and always has been a safe plastic.”

To help consumers feel confident about the safety of Tritan™, Eastman is sharing how Tritan refutes general plastic safety misperceptions.

A common generalization about plastics is that BPA-free plastics are unsafe because BPA has been replaced by BPS. This is not the case with Tritan™ from Eastman.

BPA is a chemical that can be used to harden plastic, but bisphenols (BPA or BPS) never have been part of the chemical makeup of Tritan™ from Eastman. The unique composition of Tritan ensures that BPA is neither used nor generated in the manufacturing of Tritan. Because bisphenols are not used in the makeup of Tritan, BPS does not replace BPA in Tritan. Tritan is and always has been a BPA-free and BPS-free plastic.

Another common generalization about plastics is that recycling code 7 indicates products contain BPA. Tritan™ is classified as recycling code 7 but does not contain BPA.

Resin Identification Codes (RICs), often referred to simply as recycling codes, identify the type of material from which a product is made. These codes are used to help separate products entering the recycling stream. Codes 1 through 6 each classify specific types of plastic materials, while Code 7 is an “other” category that refers to materials not fitting one of the other six categories. Use of Code 7 is not an indication of whether the plastic contains BPA. Tritan™ is a unique specialty plastic material; therefore, it doesn’t fit into the categories covered by codes 1 through 6 and is classified as “other.” Materials such as acrylic and nylon also are classified as recycling code 7; these materials, like Tritan, are BPA-free materials.

About Tritan™ Plastic Safety

Tritan™ from Eastman is confirmed through independent third-party testing to be BPA-free and BPS-free. Four independent, third-party labs have shown Tritan is free of any estrogenic and androgenic activity. Multiple government regulatory and standards agencies have approved the use of Tritan from Eastman in food contact products. These agencies include Health Canada, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, European Food Safety Authority, European Commission, China’s Ministry of Health and Japan Hygienic Olefin and Styrene Plastics Association.

About Tritan™ from Eastman

Products made with Tritan™ plastic are clear, durable, safe and stylish. Tritan looks like glass but won’t shatter, and the material is durable like stainless steel but won’t dent or ding. In addition, a product made with Tritan lasts, so whether you drop it, throw it in the bottom of a backpack or wash it a hundred times, these products won’t crack, shatter or warp. Products made with Tritan come in just about any shape and color, from neon sippy cups to crystal-like tumblers.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2014 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world.

Source: Eastman

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