Real Tea on the Move with Eastman Tritanā„¢ Copolyester

Innovative housewares brand finumĀ®, known for its patented tea and coffee filters and pots, has launched its first multifunctional tumbler, Traveler Zitaā„¢, for perfect leaf tea making while travelling. Riensch & Held GmbH & Co.KG selected Eastman Tritanā„¢ copolyester for both the Tea...

Tritanā„¢ offers a clear, tough and BPA-free alternative to Polycarbonate

Innovative housewares brand finumĀ®, known for its patented tea and coffee filters and pots, has launched its first multifunctional tumbler, Traveler Zitaā„¢, for perfect leaf tea making while travelling. Riensch & Held GmbH & Co.KG selected Eastman Tritanā„¢ copolyester for both the Tea Controlā„¢ Kit and the double-wall tumbler, due to its clarity, dishwasher proof durability and because it is Bisphenol A (BPA)-free.

ā€œWe needed a polymer material which resists the temperature changes that occur during tea brewing,ā€ says Christian J. Justus, finumĀ® Managing Partner, Riensch & Held. ā€œIt also had to be unaffected by dishwashing, be taste-free, easy to clean, and tough enough to withstand rough usage and still look appealing.

ā€œWe found that Eastman Tritanā„¢ copolyester easily meets all these parameters. Itā€™s also BPA-free, and has been evaluated and received food contact clearances from the European Commission and United States Food and Drug Administration,. We have already used it for our popular series of tea makers Tea Controlā„¢, so when we designed the Traveler Zitaā„¢, it was an obvious choice for this tumbler too.

ā€œBy using leaf tea, Traveler Zitaā„¢ is the ā€˜greenā€™ alternative to tea bags with their inherent packaging waste.ā€

The new finumĀ® Traveler Zitaā„¢ comprises a 0.3l / 10fl.oz double -wall tumbler and its Tea Controlā„¢ Kit, both made of Eastman Tritanā„¢ copolyester. Available in three translucent colors, apple green, ruby red and anthracite, the lid resembles a tea cup for easy drinking while the tumbler is closed. The insulated walls of the tumbler make it suitable for hot and cold drinks and the new Corkmecā„¢ seals the spout while on the move.

The ingenious design of the removable Tea Controlā„¢ Kit allows the tea lover to insert loose tea leaves of his choice, then add boiling water and let it brew to perfection. By closing the lid the tea leaves are trapped within the tumblerĀ“s Tea Controlā„¢ mechanism, thereby slowing down the brewing process and keeping the tea as tasty and warm as possible.

For a refill, just re-open Traveler Zitaā„¢ and add more boiling water. The Tea Controlā„¢ Kit also keeps the leaves together for easy disposal (in a ā€˜greenā€™ recycling bin, naturally).

Ascan Wendt, Product Manager of finumĀ®, was impressed by Eastman Chemical Companyā€™s exhaustive testing of Tritanā„¢ copolyester. The tests demonstrated its resistance to heating and cooling, as well as kitchen conditions and detergents including multiple washing and drying cycles in commercial and domestic dishwashers. In these tests, Tritanā„¢ showed continued resistance to hazing and stress cracking, and excellent retention of toughness and shatter-proof characteristics.

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