Case Study: Ready When the Market Wanted BPA-Free

Article Post Date: 2009
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For many decades, PMI-Aladdin®/Stanley® has responsibly produced on-the-go food and beverage containers. PMI tracks material certification and product tests for compliance to all applicable global regulations. They also listen carefully to their customers.

Before 2008, Aladdin® and Stanley® reusable water bottle products were made from food-grade polycarbonate, which included a bonding ingredient known as Bisphenol-A (BPA). Food-grade polycarbonate had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for direct food contact use, however, global studies were getting the attention of PMI technical trend watchers and customers. As consumers began asking for non-BPA options, PMI searched for a material that matched polycarbonate’s clarity and toughness.

In 2008, PMI partnered with Eastman Chemical Company to develop and manufacture the REVIVE & REFRESH WATER BOTTLE™ product line using Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. Tritan,™ manufactured without bisphenol-A (BPA), combines the chemical resistance and low residual stress of traditional copolyesters with higher heat resistance, making it ideal for reusable containers that require dishwasher durability. It is also shatter, stain, scratch, and odor-resistant. The new products were launched at the 2008 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago.

By 2009, PMI’s entire product offering for Aladdin,® Stanley,® and MiGo,® along with packaging, were BPA-free. Since then, PMI has worked steadily to transition polycarbonate material containing BPA out of all products and packaging.

“In today’s marketplace, brand owners and product designers are seeking new methods to differentiate products and meet changing consumer needs. We’re pleased that Aladdin® has chosen our new-generation copolyester as a way to differentiate their product’s performance.” – Randy Beavers, Polymer Solutions Executive, Specialty Plastics Business Organization, Eastman Chemical Company.