Eastman Chemical Company announced today that the Japan Hygienic Olefin and Styrene Plastics Association (JHOSPA), which publishes voluntary standards for certain polymeric materials and products for use as food containers, packaging materials and utensils, has amended its list of certified polymers to include the composition of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. Tritan, a new-generation copolyester, is used in a broad range of applications, including small appliances, infant care and housewares.
Eastman Tritan™ copolyester delivers the advantages of traditional copolyesters, such as clarity and toughness, but also offers high heat and chemical resistance, improved design flexibility, and ease of processing compared with other materials, such as polycarbonate and acrylics.
“Through stringent testing and review, we ensure the quality and safety of our products before gaining regulatory approvals or industry standard certifications,” said Deborah Baum Crain, director of copolyester innovation, Eastman Chemical Company. “We are pleased that JHOSPA has deemed Eastman Tritan™ copolyester as acceptable for use in specified food contact applications.”
Consumer interest is growing for plastic products that are tough, clear and dishwasher-durable. Products molded with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester can be repeatedly washed without the crazing, cracking or hazing that can result from continual exposure to high heat and aggressive cleaning agents.
“Consumers demand functional, high-performance products, and we are pleased that Eastman Tritan™ copolyester meets marketplace standards and exceeds consumer demands,” Baum Crain said. “We place high standards on our products, challenging them with rigorous reviews and testing, and we are proud to have JHOSPA recognize our continued commitment to product safety and quality.”