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Article: What Is Tritan Plastic and How Is It Different from Other Plastics?

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What Is Tritan Plastic and How Is It Different from Other Plastics?

We all use plastics in our daily lives; it's almost inevitable given their undeniable advantages. But here's the thing: not all plastics are created equal, and that's where Tritan comes into play. 

Tritan is not ordinary plastic; this glass-like material isn’t your run-of-the-mill plastic.

If you've ever been intrigued by the impressive durability and crystal-clear transparency of some plastic items, odds are you've come across Tritan, which is a great alternative for glass

Made in the USA, Tritan is BPA-free and safe – even for babies (it's FDA-approved). Not only is it crystal clear and incredibly strong, but it's also built to last. It's tougher than most plastics and can handle both hot and cold drinks (up to 226°F). Plus, it's dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe – basically all-star material.

Tritan has aced every test thrown at it, making it the only successful material on all counts. No wonder it is known as the “Rolls Royce” of plastics.

Tritan is 8x the cost of regular plastics and 4x the cost of glass.

Tavalon Gravity Teapot, Made of Tritan

Whether you're already familiar with this remarkable material or you're just getting introduced to it, we’ll tell you all about it. So let’s see what Tritan plastic is, uncover its qualities, where it shows up in our lives, and how it compares to its glass counterparts and other plastics.

Tritan: From Lab to Life

Tritan Plastic

Tritan's journey started with a quest for plastic perfection. Eastman Chemical Company, the big player in the chemical world, set out to create a plastic that could replace BPA plastics and even rival glass in terms of clarity, strength, and safety.

After years of meticulous research and development, their efforts bore fruit in the early 2000s. In 2008, Eastman introduced Tritan, a revolutionary copolyester that would redefine the possibilities of plastic.

Tritan isn't just another plastic. Its versatility and unique qualities have earned it a place in various aspects of our daily lives. 

Tritan in Everyday Life

Apart from its popularity in crafting water bottles, Tritan is a star in the kitchen. You'll often find it in the making of high-quality teapots and tea infusers. 

Tritan's glass-like clarity allows tea lovers to appreciate the beauty of their brew, while its remarkable durability ensures it can handle the heat, literally. And let’s not forget its cheaper price compared to glass. 

Moreover, its appearance in blender jars lets us blend, crush, and mix with confidence, even when dealing with frozen fruits and ice. 

It's this combination of clarity, durability, and safety that makes it an exceptional choice for a wide array of products, making our lives easier and more enjoyable in the process.

What Is Tritan?

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Tritan is a unique and innovative copolyester material created by the Eastman Chemical Company, designed to address some of the common problems with traditional plastics. Composed of a precise blend of several chemical components, it features exceptional clarity, strength, and safety.

Three primary monomers go into making this advanced copolyester: 

  • Terephthalic acid increases strength.
  • Isophthalic acid contributes to the material's durability
  • Glycol component provides Tritan with its notable clarity. 

The specific ratios and arrangements of these building blocks are key to Tritan's outstanding performance.

Tritan has become the go-to choice for food and drink containers, and it's no mystery why. 

Thanks to its unique characteristics, and a host of other impressive qualities we're about to explore, Tritan is a much better material for keeping our edibles and drinks safe and enjoyable.

Tritan vs Glass

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Let’s face it: many people – probably even you reading this – still favour glass over plastic.

For years, many folks have leaned towards glass, thinking it's the safest and most eco-friendly option. They were worried about potential chemical leaching and environmental impact.

But the mindset can change with Tritan. 

According to Eastman Chemical Company, “While it has the looks and clarity of glass, [Tritan] won’t break when you drop it or toss it in the bottom of your backpack. It can take all the bumps and drops of daily life and even survive some of the not-so-typical stresses.”

Third-party and lab tests have verified these claims. So, whether you're hitting the gym, walking through the wilderness, or simply brewing your favourite tea in a Tritan teapot, you can rest assured about the quality and strength. 

But this is not all – there are more features that make Tritan an even smarter choice. Let’s explore the rest together.

Main Features of Tritan 

Let's get straight to the facts. Rigorous testing and extensive research back this material's amazing characteristics. Here's what makes Tritan a top choice for a wide range of applications.

Tavalon Gravity Teapot, Made of Tritan

1. Tritan Has Glass-Like Clarity

One of the standout features of Tritan is its glass-like transparency. Unlike many other plastics, Tritan remains crystal clear even after prolonged use and repeated washings. 

This clarity improves its visual appeal and allows you to see the contents clearly, whether it's a refreshing drink in a Tritan water bottle or the colour of tea brewing in a Tritan teapot.

When you're sipping a vibrant smoothie or enjoying the golden hue of a freshly brewed tea, you want to see those colours in all their glory. Tritan delivers on this front.

2. Tritan Is Strong, Shatterproof, and Heat Resistant

Beyond its visual qualities, we know Tritan for its exceptional durability and shatterproof nature. It can resist accidental drops, impacts, and the rigours of daily life without the risk of breaking into sharp, hazardous pieces, making it a safe and reliable choice for various applications.

In addition, this remarkable plastic can withstand high temperatures without warping or compromising its integrity. And it will not release any chemicals to your drink or food. 

3. Tritan Is Lightweight

Glass containers can be heavy, which isn't ideal for on-the-go hydration, transporting your favourite snacks or your tea tools. It offers a lightweight alternative without affecting performance.

4. Tritan Is BPA Free and Food Safe

The material is not only strong, clear, and heat-resistant, but it's also health-conscious. This material is BPA free, ensuring that your food and beverages remain uncontaminated by harmful chemicals.

BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a synthetic chemical that has been widely used in the manufacturing of plastics and resins since the 1960s. You can find it in a variety of everyday items such as plastic food containers, drink bottles, and the lining of metal cans used for canned foods. 

BPA is a cause for concern due to its potential health effects. Research has suggested that BPA can lead to various health problems, such as hormonal disruption, cancer, developmental issues, heart and brain problems, and obesity.

Global health authorities generally agree that there is no significant danger at the levels to which most people are commonly exposed.

The Australian government has taken proactive steps to address any potential risks. Since 2010, they have been phasing out the use of BPA in baby products as a precautionary measure.

Tritan's BPA-free nature makes it a safer choice for food and beverage containers, ensuring that you can enjoy your meals and drinks without worrying about harmful chemical leaching.

5. Tritan Is Stain and Odour Resistant

We also admire Tritan for its resistance to staining and keeping odours and tastes, ensuring that the flavours and aromas of beverages and foods stored in Tritan containers remain pure and untainted.

Tritan vs Other Plastics

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When comparing Tritan to other plastics in the market, it's clear that Tritan stands out in several key aspects. Here, we'll take a closer look at some common plastics and see how they compare to Tritan:

Polycarbonate (PC)

Polycarbonate is one of the most popular plastics. It's clear but not very impact resitant. However, it can contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical of concern due to potential health effects. Tritan, on the other hand, is BPA-free, making it a safer choice for food and beverage containers.

According to the Plastics Technology Magazine:

“Testing revealed that under a 1% strain, PC often breaks after two to three dishwashing cycles in a residential dishwasher using a common household detergent. Under the same conditions, Tritan endures more than 250 cycles with no sign of crazing or breakage.”

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

ABS is valued for its strength and durability. While ABS is an excellent choice for various applications, Tritan surpasses it in terms of clarity and resistance to odours and stains, making it a superior option for food containers and drinkware.

Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN)

SAN is a transparent thermoplastic known for its clarity and heat resistance. While SAN shares clarity with Tritan, it may not match its durability and resistance to staining and odours. 

Tritan's BPA-free composition also makes it a safer choice for food and beverage containers compared to SAN, which may contain potentially harmful chemicals.

Both SAN and PC are prone to scratches and are not impact resistant.

Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP)

These plastics are commonly used for packaging and food containers due to their low cost and lightweight nature. 

However, they may lack Tritan's exceptional clarity and resistance to staining and odour retention.

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

PET is renowned for its clarity and is widely used for beverage bottles. However, Tritan exhibits superior durability, making it a better choice for reusable bottles that can withstand everyday wear and tear.

Tritan vs Glass 

Although not a plastic, glass is a traditional choice for food and beverage containers. Tritan compares favourably to glass in terms of durability, being shatterproof, light, and easy to handle, making it a practical alternative for those seeking glass-like clarity without the fragility.

How to Best Clean Tritan Containers

For sparkling Tritan containers, you have options!

  • Handwashing: This is a great everyday option. Simply wash with warm, soapy water and a soft sponge or cloth. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely with a clean towel to avoid water spots (just like you do for your glassware).
  • Dishwasher Safe: Tritan is dishwasher-friendly! Just toss your containers on the top rack for a convenient clean.

Pro-Tip: If you're using your Tritan container, such as your teapot or bottle, with strong odours or essential oils (like citrus), handwashing is recommended. Wash it with warm, soapy water as soon as possible to prevent any lingering smells or cloudiness.

Looking for a Safe and Clear Teapot?

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At Tavalon, we understand the importance of quality and safety when it comes to teaware. That's why our best-selling Gravity Teapot is crafted from high-quality Tritan plastic. Here's why you'll love it: 

1. Premium Tritan Construction: Crafted from high-quality Tritan material, the Gravity Teapot offers exceptional clarity, strength, and safety for your brewing pleasure.

2. Crystal-Clear Transparency: Tritan's glass-like transparency allows you to witness the mesmerizing infusion process, making tea preparation a visual delight.

3. Heat Resistant: The Gravity Teapot can handle boiling water temperatures with ease, ensuring your tea brews perfectly every time, without warping or releasing harmful chemicals.

4. Stain and Odour Resistant: Tritan's resistance to staining and odours keeps your teapot looking and smelling fresh, even after extended use.

5. Easy to Clean: Cleaning is a breeze – the Gravity Teapot can be quickly and effortlessly cleaned, maintaining its pristine appearance.

6. Ergonomic Design: Designed for comfort and functionality, the Gravity Teapot's ergonomic handle and spout make pouring and serving a pleasure.

7. Stylish Modern Aesthetic: Its sleek and modern design adds a touch of elegance to any tea-drinking experience.

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