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SABIC's renewable PC resin used in eyewear end applications
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:25.Mar.2021

SABIC and POLYRAY (Xiamen Hongtai Optical Co., Ltd.,), an innovative leader in the eyewear lens industry, have announced their collaboration for the use of SABIC’s LEXAN polycarbonate (PC) resin based on certified renewable feedstock in the lenses of several eyewear end applications.

 

SABIC’s certified renewable polycarbonate – an engineering thermoplastic resin – is part of the company’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio and services. Based on SABIC’s cradle-to-gate peer-reviewed LCA study, use of SABIC’s LEXAN polycarbonate resin can potentially result in reductions in carbon footprint of up to 61% and fossil depletion reduction of up to 35%.


SABIC’s LEXAN PC resin based on certified renewable feedstock is used in eyewear end applications.


“We are happy to partner with SABIC, whose polycarbonate based on certified renewable feedstock ensures that the customer does not have to compromise on design or application, as the requirements for POLYRAY’s lens products made of SABIC’s materials remain the same,” said Jessica Chen, Commercial Director at POLYRAY.

 

“Our polycarbonate provides SABIC and our direct and ultimate customers with more sustainable solutions and associated benefits. We are delighted to have POLYRAY onboard as our first customer in the eyewear industry to use our new material in their end applications,” commented Sergi Monros, Vice President of Performance Polymers & Industry Solutions for Petrochemicals at SABIC.

 

POLYRAY is the first ISCC PLUS certified lens supplier for the eyewear industry, giving their customers a consistent proof of a sustainable supply chain. ISCC PLUS certification can be a powerful tool for companies along the supply chain to address various environmental and social standards.


POLYRAY is an ISCC PLUS certified lens supplier for the eyewear industry.


Jessica Chen further introduced that, since the launch of the BioPC lens, part of the company's BIO-LINE portfolio, a lot of interest shown in the solution from a broad range of eyewear brands have been received. It provides identical product specification to a fossil-based PC lens, such as good impact resistance and high optical quality, but with an environmental profile.

 

BioPC lens can be used as sunglasses lenses, demo lenses and many other lens applications such as polarized, photochromic and anti-blue light lenses where it is suitable for sport, lifestyle, safety glasses and also snow goggles.

 

SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio and services for circular solutions span design for recyclability, mechanically recycled products, certified circular products from feedstock recycling of used plastics and certified renewables products from bio-based feedstock.

 

POLYRAY’s BIO-LINE portfolio and services for eco and circular solutions span BioPC lens from ISCC certified renewable feedstock and BioRay lens USDA certified products from bio-based feedstock, and BioHydro an eco-friendly water repellent coating which is PFOA & PFOS free.

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