US chemical company Eastman is launching Cristal One, a portfolio of Resin Identification Code 1 (RIC1) resins engineered to meet the demands of thick-walled packaging for luxury cosmetics that can be recycled.
Eastman’s new Cristal One resins offer various solutions for cosmetic brands seeking both a beginning-of-life and end-of-life solution for thick-walled luxury packaging. The Cristal One range meets the California/ASTM guidelines for RIC1 designation  and has achieved APR Critical Guidance recognition for recyclability. Additional recognitions are under review and will be coming soon.
According to Eastman, these innovative products are the first RIC1 materials that enable production of transparent jars up to 12 mm in thickness.
Indeed, the Cristal One portfolio includes Cristal One, Cristal One Pro (tailor made to mould the thickest-walled parts), and Cristal EN (for thinner-walled packaging) and the corresponding Renew materials (i.e. options with 30% to 50% certified recycled content), giving brands options for addressing a large variety of application needs for skin care and colour cosmetic packaging with wall thicknesses up to 12 mm.
Available in custom packaging by FusionPKG
Leveraging on these innovations, Aptar Beauty + Home’s subsidiary FusionPKG is introducing a new jar using Cristal One as well as several new packaging solutions based on other sustainable resins from Eastman’s Cristal Renew portfolio with high levels of certified recycled content .
FusionPKG also plans to work with brands to develop custom packaging using the full range of Cristal Renew with certified recycled content and Cristal One.
“With Cristal One recyclable resins and the broad portfolio of Eastman Renew materials, FusionPKG now can offer a more sustainable solution without compromise across our extensive portfolio,” said Daniel Campbell, senior sustainability and packaging engineer, FusionPKG. “What really stands out with these resins is how they allow us to create the crystal clear, high-end packaging we are known for, while still supporting key sustainability initiatives from our brands.”
“With the Cristal One portfolio, we are able to bring together the best of both worlds – recycled and recyclable – and still provide the superior performance that brands and innovative design houses like FusionPKG demand for their packaging today,” emphasized Tara Cary, market development manager for Eastman cosmetics and personal care.
 Usually made of PETE or PET, RIC1 resins are usually picked up through most curbside recycling programs.
 The recycled content is achieved by allocating the recycled waste plastic to Eastman Renew resins using a mass balance process certified by ISCC.