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Together, We Can Create a Truly Circular Economy | Eastman

Together, We Can Create a Truly Circular Economy | Eastman

Published 06-24-24

Submitted by Eastman


For centuries, we have consumed without limits. We are now facing the consequences. Are we too late, or can we do better?

In recent years, we’ve noticed the huge impact the take-make-waste model has had on our planet. With tons of plastic waste trashed every year, plastic is everywhere — in our oceans, in landfills, and in incinerators.

What if plastic waste could be transformed into new materials again and again, keeping it in use without downcycling? With Eastman’s new molecular recycling technology, it can.

Committed to recycling 50 million tons of plastic waste by the end of 2030, Eastman is reducing the amount of plastic waste that pollutes our planet. With the world’s largest molecular recycling plant, we will use hard-to-recycle plastic to produce new plastic that can be used over and over again — without compromising its quality or strength.

We are not doing it alone.

With partnerships and collaborations with other companies that put the planet first, we are working together to make the world better.

Together, we will create a truly circular economy.

At Eastman, we’re revolutionizing recycling with our molecular recycling technologies. But it’s going to take all of us working together to find innovative ways to create a truly circular economy. Are you in?

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Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. 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 2023 revenue of approximately $9.2 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.

About Eastman in the circular economy: In 2019, Eastman became the first company to begin commercial-scale chemical recycling for a broad set of waste plastics that would otherwise be landfilled or, worse, wind up in the environment. Eastman's molecular recycling technologies can process waste plastics traditional mechanical recycling methods cannot—including polyesters, polypropylene, polyethylene, and polystyrene—derived from a variety of sources, including single-use plastics, textiles, and carpet. These technologies provide a true circular solution of endless recycling for materials, allowing them to be reused repeatedly.

To learn more about how we’re working to make a more circular economy visit

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