It was fascinating to learn that Eastman's polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fiber modifier, Tritan, was originally developed in the late 1950s and was shelved until 2003!!
This is according to my colleague, Ivan Lerner, who attended Eastman's opening ceremony of its newly expanded 60,000 tonne/year Tritan copolyester facility in Kingsport, Tennessee, on May 13. In his ICB Endpoint blog, Mr. Lerner musingly noted the Law of Unintended Consequences regarding Eastman's Tritan and the issue of bisphenol-A.
According to Eastman, sales from the Tritan copolyester business has quadrupled in the past 12 months and expanded to seven markets including medical, infant care, bulk water, signs, from the initial three industries -- reusable sports water bottles, housewares and small appliances - since it's launch in 2007.
In fact, my boss had a pleasant surprise this morning as he received a package of Tritan-contained bottled water from the brand KOR. I, of course, swiped it (it's pink!) and told him that since he is more valuable to the magazine than an underling like me, I should be the one to try it out and prove that there is no BPA leaching from this bottle.
Now all I need are BPA-free plastic plates, cups, forks, knives and spoons to go with it, and I'm set for summer!!