Avient Announces Industry-First Carbon Negative and Carbon Neutral Thermoplastic Elastomers
Caption: Avient announces reSound™ Ultra Low Carbon Footprint TPE series with industry-first grades offering a negative or neutral product carbon footprint.
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DÜSSELDORF, Germany – October 5, 2022 – Avient Corporation, a premier provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions and services, today announced its new reSound™ Ultra-Low Carbon Footprint TPEs that can achieve a negative, neutral, or near-zero product carbon footprint (PCF).
These TPE formulations offer an industry-first cradle-to-gate PCF range between negative 0.46 and 0.0 CO₂ equivalent kg/kg product while delivering comparable performance to traditional TPEs. The cradle-to-gate portion of the product life cycle refers to the carbon impact of a product from raw materials and product manufacturing. Avient follows the ISO 14067:2018 standard to calculate PCF values and utilizes global formulation expertise, green manufacturing processes, and sourcing & logistics competence to achieve such low or negative values.
“Our customers seek solutions to meet carbon neutrality and net zero commitments influenced by their corporate goals, consumer preference, and growing regulatory pressure. Our shared commitment to sustainability motivates us to develop products that solve those challenges,” said Matt Mitchell, director, global marketing of Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient. “The addition of these eco-conscious grades to our expanding reSound TPE portfolio offers yet another way for customers to leverage our material science to achieve their sustainability goals.”
Available in durometers of 60 and 80 Shore A, the formulations in this reSound TPE series are naturally opaque, offering an appealing aesthetic or the option to easily color if desired. The grades, which overmold to polypropylene and polyethylene, can be used in personal care, household appliance, consumer electronics, and consumer packaging applications when a more sustainable material is preferred. They are also customizable, but formulation changes could impact the product carbon footprint and will require recalculation.
reSound Ultra-Low Carbon Footprint TPEs are manufactured globally, and each material’s PCF is location-specific.
Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT) provides specialized and sustainable material solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world. Examples include:
- Unique technologies that improve the recyclability of products and enable recycled content to be incorporated, thus advancing a more circular economy
- Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation and reduce carbon footprint
- Sustainable infrastructure solutions that increase energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resource conservation and fiber optic / 5G network accessibility
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