In a directive handed down by President Obama today, synthetic turf products offered by Easy Grass, LLC (SYNLawn® and AstroTurf®) will become an increasingly important resource in federal government purchasing.
President Obama has directed the federal government to dramatically increase the purchase of biobased products over the next two years, which will create jobs and drive innovation where biobased products are grown and manufactured. The decision will also result in a 50 percent increase in the number of new products that are designated as biobased. Biobased products include items like paints, soaps and detergents, synthetic turf, and carpet are developed from farm grown plants, rather than chemicals or petroleum bases. The biobased products sector marries the two most important economic engines for rural America: agriculture and manufacturing.
Based in Miami, Easy Grass, LLC is a GSA Schedule Contract Holder and a minority owned small business. They market synthetic turf products, manufactured in the USA. AstroTurf®, a member of the Biobased Products Coalition, makes synthetic turf which features backing made by Universal Textile Technologies and made from soybean based polyols. SYNLawn®, the landscape division of AstroTurf®, also features soy-based backing in its landscape turf products.
“My administration is committed to using every tool available to promote economic growth and create good jobs in rural America,” said President Obama. “Today’s announcements reflect our continued focus on expanding opportunity for rural Americans and all Americans, including supporting new and innovative businesses, and improving rural health care and education. And the actions we’re taking today are possible thanks to the feedback and ideas I’ve received from hardworking Americans across rural America, including the participants at the White House Rural Economic Forum.”
For Easy Grass®, the decision opens the doors for synthetic landscape and sports turf applications at federal government facilities throughout the country. Among the federal sites featuring synthetic turf installations are Fort Bliss, Texas, which has approximately 1.5 million square feet of landscape turf from SYNLawn; and Nellis Air Force Base, which features a multi-purpose sports field from AstroTurf®.
AstroTurf® has worked closely with soybean farmers throughout the country in creating awareness of its synthetic turf products. Last year, AstroTurf installed the new football field at Kansas State University, where AstroTurf® President Bryan Peeples and Kansas Soybean Commission Chairman Bob Haselwood were presented with a game ball and 5,000 fans received samples of the soy-backed AstroTurf®.
“This is a monumental decision,” said Bernie Torra of Easy Grass®. “AstroTurf® and SYNLawn® are on the cutting edge in synthetic turf innovation, expanding its powerful eco friendly and, biobased attributes. Today’s synthetic turf has increasing become a powerful ally in sustainability efforts across the country.”