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Eastman Hits On New Circular Solution for Polyester Recycling

Rivet’s 2021 winter issue has dropped! This in-depth issue examines the steps the global denim industry is taking to minimize its impact on the environment, from implementing zero waste production and design processes to establishing greenhouse gas emissions goals aligned with the Paris Agreement.

Specialty materials company Eastman said it plans to pursue the creation of an advanced circular recycling technology using polyester waste that cannot be recycled by current mechanical methods and often ends up in landfills or waterways. Using a process called methanolysis, Eastman’s circular recycling technology breaks down polyester-based products into their polymer building blocks. These…

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