Seattle Mariners Promote Composting for Earth Week

Kitchen Catcher

A look at the "Kitchen Catcher" compost kit, which will be given away to the first 10,000 fans through the door at Safeco Field on April 21. Photo: Green Bear Group

The Seattle Mariners are already one of the most sustainable sports clubs in Major League Baseball, but for Earth Week, they’re taking it one step further.

Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, already diverts more than 80 percent of its waste to compost bins and recycling centers, but now they’re looking to get fans in on the action. Saturday, April 21, during their game against the White Sox, the Mariners will debut “Sustainable Saturdays,” a season-long series that promotes an environmentally friendly lifestyle with green giveaways and trivia.

The team will also give away “Kitchen Catcher” home compost kits to the first 10,000 fans through the door as part of their partnership with chemical company BASF, whose biodegradable polymer bags are featured in the kit.

Each “Sustainable Saturday” will also have a trivia game, when fans can scale the stadium for answers at Safeco’s 16 zero-waste stations and text the answer for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.

The Mariners have gone to great lengths to turn Safeco Field sustainable since 2006, including a 30 percent decrease in electricity and a 25 percent decrease in water usage. They’ve also installed 168 solar panels that generate 40,000 kW a year.

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