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News from our Members - Eastman

Eastman, launched an innovative advanced circular recycling technology that uses polyester waste (which under current mechanical methods can’t be recycled).


Using the process of methanolysis, Eastman’s advanced circular recycling technology breaks down polyester-based products into their polymer building blocks.

These building blocks can then be reintroduced to the production of new polyester-based polymers, delivering a true circular solution.




Eastman was one of the pioneers in developing methanolysis technology at commercial scale and has more than three decades of expertise in this innovative recycling process.

Advanced circular recycling technology can be an especially impactful solution, as low-quality polyester waste that would typically be diverted to landfills can instead be recycled into high-quality polyesters suitable for use in a variety of end markets, including food contact applications.


“Our long history of technical expertise in chemical processes, including methanolysis, and our leading position in copolyester chemistry, enables us to provide this innovative solution to address the growing challenges of plastic waste in our environment,” said Mark Costa, Eastman’s Board Chair and CEO.

Eastman’s efforts to find new end-of-life solutions to advance the circular economy align with the company’s innovation-driven growth strategy and commitment to create value through sustainability.


Today, more than ever, the world needs innovation, and Eastman is excited about the possibilities it can achieve by working along the value chain, across industry sectors and with community partners to expand our efforts and make the greatest collective impact.”

For more information, visit eastman.com/circulareconomy.