Miami, FL | January 4, 2012
Easy Grass LLC, a major southeast distributor for SYNLawn®, the world leader in residential and landscape synthetic turf, announces a new initiative with one of America’s greatest national parks.
Universal Textile Technologies(UTT), a SynLawn® affiliate, announced a new environmental initiative to include bottles collected from Grand Teton National Park into its manufacturing process. UTT converts the plastic bottles into a non-woven fleece material used to manufacture high-performance environmentally friendly backing for the SYNLawn® synthetic turf products for landscape. Now termed the PET Park Project, UTT is working in partnership with The Grand Teton National Park, Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling CPE, Inc. and the United Soybean Board.
“This new initiative further demonstrates SYNLawn’s commitment to produce the finest, most realistic synthetic turf products that are both earth friendly in usage and in composition as well, states Bernie Torra, Partner with Easy Grass”. “ To partner with one of the most recognized and cherished national parks in the country solidifies SYNLawn’s determination to create awareness for the powerful eco friendly attributes of today’s synthetic grass”, Torra added.
Americans generate an enormous amount of waste material every day. In the Grand Teton National Park, millions of visitors are educated on the positive aspects of recycling, including plastic bottles. This new partnership, called the PET Park Project, promotes the reuse of discarded plastic bottles, significantly reduces the amount of bottles that go to the landfill, and helps the park meet their recycling goals.
UTT then incorporates the use of recycled bottles to manufacture BioCel and EnviroCel, environmentally-friendly, performance-based polyurethane backing systems for SynLawn synthetic grass for landscape. Both BioCel and EnviroCel utilize recycled plastic bottles, combined with naturally renewable soybean-based polyols derived from domestically grown soybeans. UTT is a leader in the use of soy to reduce the petroleum content in its backing. The use of soy-based products and recycled plastics converted stateside help to support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.
Many of the recyclable plastics collected in America are sold overseas, where they are used to produce plastic products that are later sold in the U.S. This partnership will help produce American jobs by allowing American workers to convert the bottles and decrease the carbon footprint required in transportation overseas.
“Grand Teton National Park has proven its commitment to promoting beneficial environmental stewardship practices, and the PET Park Project is an excellent example of how private companies can work with the National Park Service to find innovative recycling solutions that benefit all of us,” Margaret Wilson, Grand Teton National Park’s Planner & amp;Sustainability Coordinator.
The partnership represents a model system that can help increase the demand for recycled content in American-made products. With the help of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Americans are now able to purchase carpets featuring recycled content from the parks, and includes American-grown, soy-based technology that displaces a large portion of the petroleum components.
These exciting, environmentally-friendly backing technologies assist in LEED® certification. BioCel and EnviroCel are resistant to moisture, insulate against energy loss, reduce ambient noise, and increase the structural integrity of carpet and synthetic turf.
“On average, two bottles out of 10 are recycled in America today, and our objective is to increase this number. We hope the PET Park Project will increase awareness of the many opportunities for Americans to participate,” said Doug Giles, director of marketing for Universal Textile Technologies. “We are excited to be a part of this project and look forward to continuing our partnership with the National Park Service.”
About Easy Grass:
Easy Grass, LLC is Florida’s largest artificial grass company and exclusive SYNLawn supplier for synthetic grass lawns, putting greens, playground surfacing as well as commercial and military landscaping in Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Easy Grass’s impressive resume of installations include: Fontainebleau Resort Miami Beach, the Villas by Barton G (former Versace mansion), Miami Dade Public Schools, The EPIC Residences and Hotel Downtown Miami, USA Charter Schools, and the cities of Coral Gables, Virginia Gardens, Miami Beach and Homestead. Easy Grass is a member of the Synthetic Turf Council, Association of Synthetic Grass Installers, and Sports Turf Managers Association. For more information, visit www.easygrass.net
SYNLawn is the industry innovator ofsynthetic grass. Their lush and livable synthetic grass systems have transformed the way synthetic grass is used, producing the most advanced and performance oriented putting surfaces and synthetic landscaping solutions in the market. SYNLawn® uses exclusive nylon technologies to produce unmatched solutions for synthetic landscape, golf, pet and playground systems. SYNLawn‘s grass products are 100% recyclable and lead compliant. For more information, visit www.synlawn.com