Evonik to showcase TRODAMID eCO, a sustainable eyewear material, at Mido Eyewear Show in Milan, April 30-May 2; in production of the PA, 40% of petrochemical raw material is biomass-based and made with renewable energy only

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ESSEN, Germany , April 28, 2022 (press release) –

  • Replacement of 40 percent raw material with biomass
  • Production exclusively with renewable energy
  • A total of 50 percent less CO2

At the Mido Eyewear Show in Milan from April 30 to May 2, Evonik will present its high-quality sustainable eyewear material TRODAMID® eCO to a wider audience. In the production of the high-performance polyamide, 40 percent of the petrochemical raw material in the value chain is replaced by biomass and only renewable energy is used, reducing its carbon footprint by 50 percent.

The eCO designation for products stands for Evonik's goal of avoiding the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by using renewable or circular raw materials via the mass balance approach. This method enables immediate CO2 reduction in existing plants and does not change the quality of the products in any way nor are any new approvals required. As a result, TROGAMID® eCO products can be used unchanged for high-quality lenses for sunglasses, sports glasses, and eyeglass frames, just like their purely petrochemical-based counterparts TROGAMID® myCX and TROGAMID® CX7323. The Safilo company has already introduced TROGAMID® myCX eCO in the licensed market for premium lenses for sunglasses.

In mass balance, fossil and renewable or circular raw materials are mixed in existing systems and production processes. The proportion of renewable raw materials is mathematically assigned to specific products, which a neutral body checks across all production stages and certifies.

Mass balance is a way to track renewable or circular feedstock quantities throughout the process and allocate them to specific products. It enables production in existing large-scale plants with proven quality, making it a fast, cost-effective solution to meet environmental and sustainability goals.

Mass balance at Evonik

TROGAMID® stands for a product family of transparent polyamides that have been successfully used in the optical industry for over 20 years. The portfolio includes innovative high-performance plastics for lenses and frames. Other materials offer UV protection or are used for pole films for high-contrast vision.

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By substituting 40 percent fossil raw material with biomass and using renewable energy in production, the CO2 footprint of TROGAMID® eCO is reduced by 50 percent.

Evonik ist ein weltweit führendes Unternehmen der Spezialchemie. Der Konzern ist in über 100 Ländern aktiv und erwirtschaftete 2021 einen Umsatz von 15 Mrd. € und einen Gewinn (bereinigtes EBITDA) von 2,38 Mrd. €. Dabei geht Evonik weit über die Chemie hinaus, um den Kunden innovative, wertbringende und nachhaltige Lösungen zu schaffen. Rund 33.000 Mitarbeiter verbindet dabei ein gemeinsamer Antrieb: Wir wollen das Leben besser machen, Tag für Tag.

Zur Division Smart Materials gehören die Geschäfte mit innovativen Materialien, die ressourcenschonende Lösungen ermöglichen und konventionelle Werkstoffe ersetzen. Sie geben smarte Antworten auf die großen Herausforderungen von heute: Umwelt, Urbanisierung, Energieeffizienz, Mobilität und Gesundheit. Die Division Smart Materials erzielte im Geschäftsjahr 2021 mit rund 7.900 Mitarbeitern pro forma einen Umsatz von 3,92 Mrd. Euro.

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