BASF and the Seattle Mariners team up to engage fans in Sustainable Saturdays

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.