Important Consortium Member Makes Breakthrough in Snack Packaging


TEMPE, ARIZ., – September 14th, 2012. BASF, a long-time member of The Sustainability Consortium has made huge waves in the world of product sustainability – including it’s most recent project that includes a partnership with the Seattle Mariners as the sports world works to develop a more sustainable way to distribute snacks. On September 5th, BASF and the Seattle Mariners distributed the iconic snack of the American pastime, peanuts, in a new prototype packaging developed with BASF’s advanced biopolymer technology. The first 10,000 fans at Safeco Field that day received a free package of peanuts in a 100 percent compostable snack bag.

“Flexible packaging with this BASF technology is a big step forward for the snack food industry,” said Kimberley Schiltz, Market Development Manager Consumer Packaging, BASF. “It means that popular snack foods can be brought to market in compostable packaging that delivers needed shelf-life at a competitive price point, with a more sustainable ‘end-of-life’ solution than with conventional packaging materials.”

BASF’s biopolymers technology is designed to meet the expectations of consumers and provide a viable solution to the snack food packaging industry, which has been unachieved to date. “BASF is committed to moving forward in sustainability and is taking a leadership role in this area,” said Mike Faupel, Operations Director at The Sustainability Consortium. “Their work with our packaging sector among others has been tremendous – we look forward to collaborating with them on new projects.”

BASF will be one of the many member companies to attend The Sustainability Consortium’s Inaugural Member Summit, October 9th-11th in Tempe, Arizona. The Member Summit will allow TSC’s 90 + members and other crucial stakeholders to analyze TSC’s sustainability measurement and reporting work as well as allow Sector Working Groups, Consortium Working Groups and Advisory Councils to engage in critical dialogue on how to advance TSC’s mission.

To view BASF’s press release “Game – changing breakthrough to make snack packaging more sustainable” click here.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20 billion in 2011. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company:   The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

About The Sustainability Consortium

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is an independent organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. TSC develops transparent methodologies, tools, and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social, and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium advocates for a credible, scalable, and transparent process and system. The organization boasts over 90 members from all corners of business employing over 57 million people and whose combined revenues total over $1.5 Trillion. Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas jointly administer The Sustainability Consortium, with additional operations at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Learn more at

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