FAQS FOR BASIC PLASTIC AND EASTMAN TRITAN

- May 12, 2020-

What is a polymer?
The term "polymer" is often used to describe plastics and other materials. Literally translated, polymer means "many units." These units are sometimes referred to as monomers, and they are the building blocks that form a plastic. To form a plastic article, these monomers undergo a chemical change that causes them to become connected to each other.

 

How do I know if a plastic (or polymer) is safe?
Your best way to identify safe plastics is to know how thoroughly they have been tested -- and how reliable are the scientific testing and conclusions. Evaluating a plastic using a comprehensive set of reliable and definitive tests is the best approach.

For your safety, a plastic resin like Tritan must undergo a variety of tests before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow the plastic to be used in products that can come in contact with food or drink. Tritan has been thoroughly tested by independent third-party laboratores using well-recognized scientific methods, and has been cleared by worldwide regulatory agencies for use in products that contact food.

 

What is BPA?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a monomer used in some plastics, including polycarbonate. BPA also is used in the interior coatings of metal cans that hold food to prevent deterioration of the metal surface. 

 

Besides BPA, are there any other bisphenol analogs (such as BPS) used in the manufacture of Tritan?
Tritan is not manufactured with BPS or any other bisphenol compound that would be chemical analogs of BPA. there is no reason to expect that these substances would be present in the material.

 

Is Tritan made with BPA?
BPA is not and has never been an ingredient or byproduct of the production of Tritan. Validation that the material is BPA-free plastic is supported by extensive testing, using well-recognized scientific methods.