Over 500,000 bags of Leafgro, a soil conditioner made from composted leaves and grass and sold at lawn and garden retail locations along the U.S. East Coast will be packaged in Braskem's sugarcane based bioplastic.
Braskem, the largest thermoplastics resins producer in the Americas and the leading producer of biopolymers in the world, has announced it has partnered with ProAmpac's Trinity Packaging Division to use Braskem's I'm green polyethylene (PE) to help Maryland's Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Maryland Environmental Service (MES) to achieve their carbon reduction and environmental preservation objectives.
"I have made the commitment to improving the County's environment a priority for my administration," said County Executive Ike Leggett. "Adopting this more environmentally-responsible packaging product reflects this commitment, as well demonstrating the County's embrace of the Governor's Sustainable Materials Management Policy, which seeks 'an updated and more holistic materials management approach to ensure continuous environmental improvement.' I commend the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Solid Waste Services for their leadership in achieving this important accomplishment."
Maryland's Montgomery County DEP, with the assistance of its contractor MES, led the initiative to find a carbon reduction packaging alternative for their composting program in order to support their core mission. As part of the County's annual composting of leaves and grass, that would have otherwise been disposed of, MES converts the organic wastes into a valuable soil conditioner resource for sale under the registered Leafgro brand. Last year, MES sold approximately 650,000 bags of Leafgro in conventional polyethylene packaging. Under the leadership of Maryland's Montgomery County DEP, in direct partnership with MES, Braskem and ProAmpac's Trinity Packaging Division, Leafgro packaging will be converted to Braskem's I'm green sugarcane based bioplastic, a carbon negative product, that will help Montgomery County reduce its carbon footprint. The Leafgro brand soil conditioner in the new I'm green bioplastic packaging will be sold throughout the U.S. East coast in lawn and garden retail locations.
Maryland's Montgomery County DEP compost facility contractor MES awarded the new Leafgro bioplastic bag contract to Trinity Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of plastics products and a division of ProAmpac.
Roy McGrath, Director and CEO, Maryland Environmental Service, noted that, "Maryland Environmental Service has always been a great steward of the environment, and we're very proud of our Leafgro partnership with Montgomery County. Having our new Leafgro bags produced with a sugar-based bioplastic reinforces our mutual commitment to this stewardship. Our valued partnership with the County has again increased our ability to achieve important environmental objectives by producing the Leafgro product and its bags from a renewable source."
Chris Jordan, Vice President of Sales for ProAmpac's Trinity Packaging Division, said that producing this innovative heavy-duty bag underscores Trinity's expertise in converting and UV printing for the lawn and garden market.
“We are proud to partner with Braskem and Montgomery County in their sustainability efforts."