Mazzucchelli to produce acetate sheet made from Eastman’s fully sustainable acetate flake

Mazzucchelli to produce acetate sheet made from Eastman’s fully sustainable acetate flake

March 3, 2020
Press Release: Eastman

Global specialty plastics provider Eastman has announced an industry-first collaboration with Mazzucchelli 1849, a leading company in the manufacturing and distribution of acetate sheet for premium eyewear

Mazzucchelli will produce and sell acetate sheet made from Eastman Acetate Renew, a cellulose diacetate composed of 60% biobased and 40% certified recycled content. Acetate Renew offers virgin-material performance, incorporates significant amounts of certified recycled content from eyewear production scrap, and results in a significant reduction in greenhouse gases when compared to the traditional manufacturing process.

Mazzucchelli is providing acetate scrap to Eastman for use in carbon renewal. Eastman will soon begin collecting and recycling scrap at scale from eyewear manufacturers for conversion into new material, creating a true closed loop for the eyewear industry. Eastman is now producing Acetate Renew, and Mazzucchelli expects to have sheet made from this material commercially available before the end of the second quarter of 2020.

The recycled content in Acetate Renew will be certified using the mass-balance approach through International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) audits across the value chain. Mazzucchelli has begun the ISCC process with ICIM Italy in preparation for commercialization.

“Eastman Acetate Renew allows us to offer sustainable options to our customers,” said Giovanni Orsi Mazzucchelli, president and shareholder of Mazzucchelli, a family-owned company for six generations. “Using Acetate Renew requires no performance sacrifice, meaning we can use it in our full range of premium designs. We’re pleased to have achieved this goal, which is the result of a constructive relationship, and to be the first to manufacture acetate sheet with this material and also to provide scrap for carbon renewal technology that would otherwise end up in landfills.”

Carbon renewal technology is a chemical recycling process combining mixed waste plastics with heat, pressure and steam to generate syngas – carbon and hydrogen atoms – for use as building blocks to produce a variety of circular products containing high levels of recycled content without compromising quality.

The commercial collaboration between Eastman and Mazzucchelli is the first of many, according to Ballard, who confirmed Eastman has several upcoming announcements that will positively impact the eyewear industry.

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