The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Bioplastics Division announced Eastman as the winner of the 2021 Innovation in Bioplastics Award. The company developed Aventa™ Renew a cellulose-based compostable material, created to help the foodservice industry achieve its sustainability goals in food packaging applications. Aventa Renew is made with a unique combination of sustainably sourced wood pulp and certified recycled content. It’s a sustainable material that is made responsibly and can be disposed of responsibly through composting, while providing the same performance as traditional plastics to ensure a safe and convenient user experience.

“We are honored to receive this Bioplastic Innovation Award from the Plastics Industry Association,” said David Nelson, Director, Corporate Innovation at Eastman. “We look forward to helping foodservice Brands achieve their sustainability goals by developing packaging that doesn’t compromise customers experience and enables a responsible end-of-use through composting.”

Aventa Renew is a sustainable alternative for conventional foodservice packaging materials, especially where recycling is not suitable. It helps divert waste plastics from landfills at two stages—when it is made and when it is composted. Aventa Renew is U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliant for single-use food contact.

Available at scale, Aventa Renew uses sustainably sourced wood pulp where Eastman holds the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody certification (FSC-C140711), ensuring the traceability of its wood-based raw materials. The material is BPI certified as industrial compostable (max thickness 10 mil). It is also TUV-Austria certified biodegradable in soil and fresh water and will not leave behind microplastics.

The recycled content of Aventa Renew is achieved through Eastman’s Chemical Recycling Technology (CRT), which uses a mass balance allocation process certified by ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification).

“We are excited to present the Innovation in Bioplastics Award to Eastman, recognizing Aventa™ Renew and their years of work in its development,” said Patrick Krieger, Senior Director of Materials and Sustainability at PLASTICS. “Aventa™ Renew demonstrates that Eastman is at the cutting edge in addressing plastic waste, food waste, and climate change through scientific ingenuity. Congratulations to the team at Eastman.”

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