Eastman Focuses on Healthcare Packaging with Key Collaboration

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Eastman (NYSE: EMN) announced an agreement with Ethicon*, a Johnson & Johnson MedTech** company, to source materials from Eastman Renew for its sterile barrier packaging for medical devices. This is an important step to reduce waste in the healthcare system and contribute to a more circular future. With this agreement, Ethicon becomes the first healthcare company to use Eastman Renew medical-grade materials in its product packaging.

“The companies have worked closely to find a way to create a more circular future for medical device packaging, to drive landfill diversion and reduce carbon emissions,” said Scott Ballard, President of the Plastics Division of Eastman. “With our molecular recycling technologies, we can improve the sustainability of products that have been the hallmark of healthcare safety and performance for decades.”

Based on Eastman’s innovative molecular recycling technologies, Ethicon will use Eastar Renew 6763 copolyester for its sterile barrier packaging for medical devices. Eastar Renew 6763 is indistinguishable from Eastar 6763 copolyester, with the same durability, safety and performance that medical device manufacturers have relied on for decades. The only difference is that by sourcing Eastar Renew, companies can certify that plastic waste is being diverted from landfills to make new packaging. The aim of this agreement is to save a volume of waste equivalent to 25% by weight of the total packaging produced – with a potential of up to 50% by the end of 2023.*** This commitment is backed by Ethicon’s ISCC PLUS certification , awarded by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), which tracks the sustainable sourcing of raw materials.

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This is an important first step towards a circular economy for healthcare packaging. Strategic collaborations like these will help drive change in the industry, using molecular recycling to increase recycling rates and drive a circular economy for healthcare.

Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies show promise in helping healthcare companies improve their sustainability profiles. The use of mechanically recycled materials in healthcare applications is not possible due to strict purity and transparency requirements. Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies offer a path to reducing plastic waste for industry. By breaking down waste into its molecular building blocks that are indistinguishable from virgin materials, they can be used to produce high-performance polymers suitable for the medical industry. And because these technologies use plastic waste as a feedstock, they leave fossil resources in the ground and result in lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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Visit eastman.com/circular for more information on Eastman’s circular economy efforts and Eastman Renew materials.

*Ethicon represents the products and services of Ethicon, Inc., Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC and some of their affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
**Johnson & Johnson MedTech comprises the surgical, orthopaedics, ophthalmic and interventional solutions businesses within Johnson & Johnson’s MedTech segment.
***Recycled content is achieved by attributing recycled plastic waste to Eastman Renew materials using an ISCC certified mass balance method.

About Eastman

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Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that manufactures a wide range of products found in objects we use every day. With a goal of improving the quality of life in material ways, Eastman partners with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model leverages best-in-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement and differentiated application development to expand its leadership position in attractive end markets such as transportation, construction and consumer goods. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had sales of approximately $10.5 billion in 2021 and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. Visit www.eastman.com for more information.

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