Procter & Gamble (P&G) will use Eastman Renew materials in select products and packaging to reduce the use of virgin plastic from fossil resources

Scott Ballard, division president of Plastics at Eastman.

Eastman plastics president Scott Ballard. (Credit: PRNewswire / Eastman)

Speciality materials company Eastman has agreed with US-based consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) to further speed up the transformation of plastic packaging.

The companies will also work together to design recycling solutions to support a circular economy.

Eastman Renew materials will be used by P&G in select products and packaging, thereby enabling to minimise the use of virgin plastic from fossil resources.

P&G R&D senior vice-president Lee Ellen Drechsler said: “P&G is taking a thoughtful approach to addressing the collection, processing, revitalisation, and reuse of materials.

“That’s why we selected Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies which enable former waste to be transformed into useful products.”

Eastman has produced Renew materials through its molecular recycling technologies using waste plastic.

Designed to complement traditional recycling, the company’s advanced recycling technologies will help expand the types and amounts of plastics that can be recycled.

Both companies will also work together to build the infrastructure required to increase plastic recycling rates. It will help complement the current recycling streams in the US.

Eastman and P&G will also focus on expanding the collection of hard-to-recycle plastics to divert waste from landfills.

The expanded recycling streams will be used for the creation of new materials through Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies.

Eastman plastics division president Scott Ballard said: “Together, we can create value from waste and show the world what’s possible through innovation.

“The value created will help drive the critical changes in our recycling infrastructure that are necessary to solve the plastic waste crisis.”

Eastman is building a plastic-to-plastic recycling facility at its Kingsport location in Tennessee.

Expected to be completed next year, the molecular recycling facility is said to convert more than 200 million pounds of landfill-bound waste plastic into Eastman Renew materials per annum.