Eastman manufactures Estron? acetate tow as a bundle or band of continuous fibers packaged in a bale. The acetate tow bales are sold to customers for use as one component in the production of cigarette filters.
Cellulose acetate tow is a biobased cellulosic fiber, that is biodegradable in soil and under industrial and home composting conditions.
||Eastman Estron? acetate tow is derived from wood pulp, a renewable resource derived from trees grown in responsibly managed forests and produced in a near closed loop process where waste is either recycled, reused, or offered for sale.|
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||During the production of Estron?, production solvents are recycled back into the system to be cleaned and used again and again. This creates a near closed-loop system that ensures all waste is either reused or offered for resale.|
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred? Program has certified Eastman Estron? acetate tow with a biobased content of 60%.
Estron? acetate tow fibers are certified as biodegradable and compostable. TUV Austria and Din Certco provide third-party verification of biodegradability and compostability, so you can be confident when you choose Estron?.
- The certified Estron? fiber is our current product with no changes or additions.
- Estron? fibers are certified as biodegradable in soil and water and compostable in industrial and home conditions.
Wood pulp sourcing and certification
The key raw material used to make Estron? is cellulose derived from renewable wood pulp, sourced exclusively from sustainably managed forests in North America, Western Europe, and Brazil. Eastman holds FSC? and PEFC Chain of Custody certification, and all wood pulp suppliers hold internationally recognized sustainable forestry certifications as well.