BASF Sponsors Second Season of Sustainable Saturdays With the Seattle Mariners
All-Star Pitcher Felix Hernandez Challenges Fans to Strike Out the
LIVE BASF Trivia Challenge Rewards Winners With Samsung GALAXY Tab 2
Including a Year of Unlimited Data From T-Mobile
SEATTLE, WA and WYANDOTTE, MI -- (Marketwired) -- 04/10/13 -- With
a little help from All-Star pitcher Felix Hernandez, BASF will team
up again this year with the Seattle Mariners for their second
consecutive season of Sustainable Saturdays at Safeco Field, starting
with Saturday night's game against the Texas Rangers. The program was
such a hit with fans in its rookie year that it's become one of the
club's most popular promotions, with participation five times greater
Thanks in part to BASF-sponsored zero waste stations throughout the
concourse, the Mariners and their fans already divert more than 86%
of game-day waste away from local landfills through recycling of
plastic bottles and composting of food waste and food service items.
During each Sustainable Saturdays game, Mariners fans will turn their
eyes to Safeco Field's brand-new, 56' x 201', energy-efficient LED
high definition MarinersVision video display board in centerfield to
play the BASF Trivia Challenge. The season-long, ten-game trivia
contest offers fans the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 with a
year of unlimited data from T-Mobile. Questions highlight how one of
the greenest clubs in Major League Baseball transformed itself into
an eco-hero in less than a decade, and how the Mariners inspire fans
to take simple steps to do the same at home.
This season, pitching ace Felix Hernandez joins BASF and the Mariners
to challenge fans to compost at Safeco and at home -- making it a
doubleheader. Together, they will give away more than 10,000 'kitchen
catchers' at an upcoming late-season game. The countertop compost
bins, featuring King Felix, urge fans to 'Strike Out the Landfill'.
"BASF is proud to support the Mariners and Sustainable Saturdays.
When it comes to green and sports, the Mariners are knocking it out
of the park in their pursuit of Zero Waste," said Chris Bradlee,
BASF's North American biopolymers-market development manager. "And
from BASF's perspective, this kind of sponsorship connect
to the company's purpose of creating chemistry for a sustainable
"It's great to have BASF on our team for a second consecutive season
of Sustainable Saturdays," said Scott Jenkins, vice president of
ballpark operations, Seattle Mariners. "Compostable bags made from
BASF ecovio(R) help make it possible for Safeco Field to put valuable
organic matter back into the soil cycle every season."
The BASF technology helping the club achieve its green gains is
ecovio(R), a partially bio-based resin, which is used to make
certified compostable bags for food waste collection. Already in use
throughout kitchens and concessions at Safeco Field, compostable bags
made with ecovio(R) are also available in a convenient counter-top
size, created with curbside collection in mind. The bags offer a
clean, easy way to participate in residential food waste collection
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 2012, due to recycling and
composting, the Mariners diverted two million pounds of waste from
the landfill, saving $128,000 in waste disposal costs. For these
efforts, Major League Baseball named the Mariners American League
Recycling Champions for 2012.
BASF - The Chemical Company
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the
North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has
more than 16,600 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.5
billion in 2012. For more information about BASF's North American
operations, visit www.basf.us.
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company.
Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products
and crop protection products to oil and gas. 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 EUR 72.1 billion in 2012 and
more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further
information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.
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