EU Agency Approval Paves Way for New Monomer
Tritan, a new generation copolyester, delivers the advantages of traditional copolyesters such as clarity and toughness, but it also offers high heat and chemical resistance, improved design flexibility and ease of processing, according to Eastman. Tritan can be used in a range of applications such as small appliances, infant care products, housewares and certain medical devices.
“Strict testing and review is conducted on our products to ensure their quality and safety before receiving clearance for use in consumer market applications,” says Lucian Boldea, Eastman’s business director, specialty plastics business. “We are happy to add EFSA to the list of governmental agencies that deem Eastman Tritan copolyester as acceptable, from a chemical safety standpoint, for use in specified food contact applications.”
According to Eastman, consumer interest is growing for plastic products that are tough, clear and durable in the dishwasher. Products molded with Tritan copolyester can be repeatedly washed without the crazing, cracking and hazing that can result from continued exposure to high heat and aggressive cleaning agents.