SEATTLE, WA, and WYANDOTTE, MI, April 6, 2015 – BASF and the Seattle Mariners are teaming up for the fourth season to support Zero Waste promotion at Safeco Field and showcase how baseball loves chemistry.
In 2011, BASF became the Mariners founding corporate partner for Sustainable Saturdays, a unique season-long environmental awareness program to call attention to various environmental issues and support the Mariners longstanding commitment to sustainability in all aspects of Club operations, including Safeco Field. During each Sustainable Saturday, fans learn about how the Mariners continue to make Safeco Field a sustainable ballpark, and how they can practice recycling and composting at home. Last season, the Mariners recycled and composted over 1,200 tons of food waste, yard waste, plastics, paper and other items that would have gone into landfills.
The 16 Zero Waste Stations and 500 compostable receptacles throughout Safeco Field make it possible for fans to sort their recyclable and compostable items from the waste stream. Composting is made clean, safe and easy with collection bags made from ecovio® – BASF’s certified compostable and partially bio-based polymer. Already in use throughout kitchens and concessions at Safeco Field, compostable bags made of ecovio® are also available in a convenient counter-top size, created with curbside collection in mind for residential food waste collection programs.
The first 10,000 fans through the gates on April 7 and 8 will receive 2015 Mariners Calendars with tips on how fans can reduce their impact on the environment and join the conversation with BASF. An in-game video on the MarinersVision HD video board will feature “We Create Chemistry,” focusing on the on-field athletic chemistry that makes great plays sustainable, such as giving jerseys’ their stretch, making beautiful, healthy turf and protecting skin from the hot summer sun.
About Seattle Mariners Sustainability
With a sincere and sustained commitment, the Seattle Mariners are working to significantly reduce the team’s environmental impact. Since 2006, the Mariners have been leaders in sustainable ballpark operations. The team uses the power of its position as a community leader to educate and encourage fans, partners, employees and the community at large to make changes both large and small that advance the cause of sustainability. During 2014, due to recycling and composting, the Mariners diverted 2.1 million pounds from the landfill. The Mariners are founding members of the Green Sports Alliance, an organization of nearly 300 sports teams and venues that promote sustainability by embracing renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency and other environmentally preferred practices.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20.6 billion in 2014. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.
At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of over €74 billion in 2014 and around 113,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.