Advancing Sustainability: Eastman’s Vision for a Better Tomorrow
In its continuous pursuit of excellence, Eastman proudly presents “A Better Circle,” the groundbreaking 2023 Sustainability Report that outlines the company’s unwavering commitment to sustainable practices, climate change mitigation, and global well-being.
Molecular Recycling Milestone in Kingsport, Tennessee
Witness Eastman’s monumental progress as it gears up to launch one of the world’s largest material-to-material molecular recycling facilities in Kingsport, Tennessee, this year. Laurel Baysal, Eastman’s Director of Sustainability, underscores the facility’s significance in tackling the global plastic waste crisis, showcasing Eastman’s leadership in the field.
Bold Commitments: Recycling 500 Million Pounds Annually by 2030
Eastman sets ambitious targets, pledging to recycle over 500 million pounds (225,000 MT) of plastic waste annually by 2030 through innovative molecular recycling technologies. The company aims to achieve a milestone of 250 million pounds (110,000 MT) annually by 2025, reinforcing its dedication to sustainability on a global scale.
Expanding Reach: Molecular Recycling Plants in France and the U.S.
Eastman envisions a future with multiple molecular recycling plants, with plans underway for facilities in Normandy, France, and another strategic location in the United States. This expansion underscores Eastman’s commitment to driving sustainable practices beyond borders.
Sustainable Materials Drive Growth Programs
Sustainability is deeply ingrained in Eastman’s DNA, reflected in its top growth programs featuring safe and sustainable materials. Aventa™ compostable materials, Naia™ cellulosic fibers, and Saflex™ PVB interlayers for cutting-edge head-up displays exemplify Eastman’s dedication to fostering a circular economy.
In-House Initiatives: A Collaborative Approach to Sustainability
Eastman takes a holistic approach to sustainability by embedding it into every facet of the company. Spearheaded by Laurel Baysal, the 2023 sustainability report was developed in-house, showcasing the collaborative efforts of a cross-functional team across brand, design, photography, and sustainability. This approach ensures that sustainability isn’t just a report but a guiding principle shaping decisions and behaviors.
Global Sustainability Town Halls: Fostering Connections and Knowledge
In a remarkable move, Eastman’s sustainability team initiated a series of global sustainability town halls, featuring panel discussions with experts covering environmental, social, and governance (ESG), innovation, technology, and sustainability. These town halls fostered a sense of connection among employees worldwide, aligning them with Eastman’s sustainability journey.
A Path to the Math: Measuring Progress Transparently
Laurel Baysal, in her role as sustainability director, emphasizes the importance of quantifiable and transparent progress. Her team initiated the well-received global sustainability town halls, providing stakeholders with a tangible path to measure and celebrate Eastman’s sustainability milestones.
A Call to Action: Eastman’s Pledge for a Sustainable Future
Laurel Baysal concludes, “We understand that meeting our goals will require time and effort, but we firmly believe that the journey must begin now. By incorporating sustainability into every aspect of our operations, we can create a lasting impact and contribute to a more sustainable future for our company and the world.”
Stay tuned for Eastman’s continued strides toward a sustainable and vibrant future.
Source: Eastman with additional information added by Apazone