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Play Mart, Inc. Receives 2010 Evergreen Award by GSA

GSA Presents Evergreen Award to Play Mart

GSA honors Innovative Environmentally Friendly Businesses for commitment to the environment.

Play Mart Receives 2010 GSA Evergreen Award

Somerset, KY (March 17, 2011) – Play Mart, Inc was one of four businesses recently presented with the Evergreen Award by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The Evergreen Award Program was developed in 1998, by GSA’s Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center (IWACenter), to annually recognize the efforts of partners who do business in an environmentally friendly way.

A total of 25 businesses were considered for the 2010 Evergreen Award. The Award was presented to one business in each of the following categories: Furniture, Furnishings and Floor Coverings, Technologies and Electronics, and Sports and Recreation. “These companies have done an outstanding job of making environmentally friendly options available to our federal customers and are committed to helping us reduce waste and save taxpayer dollars,” said Regional Administrator David H. Ehrenwerth. “We are honored to partner with companies that help us to green the government’s supply chain while creating a more sustainable environment and building a greener future.”

Play Mart Inc., a manufacturer of recycled plastic commercial playground equipment in Somerset, Ky., received the 2010 Evergreen Award in the Sports and Recreation category. A Woman-owned / Family-owned Small Business providing jobs in rural Kentucky, Play Mart manufactures 100% recycled plastic playground equipment and site amenities, diverting millions of jugs and bottles from landfills annually. Almost all of the company’s manufacturing waste and more than 75% of the company’s operation waste is recycled. The Take Back program ensures that the company’s products don’t go to landfills but are re-used and recycled. In 2010, Play Mart also eliminated its shop lighting and replaced it with an energy-efficient system of zoned and motion-detected fluorescent lighting. This change has provided an energy savings of nearly 7000 KWh per month which is equivalent to providing energy for 20 three bedroom houses annually.

The Evergreen Award itself “closes the recycling loop” in that it is made from recycled glass. The Award sets a high standard for other business partners to follow and is a wonderful example of how the federal government and businesses can work together. Play Mart is proud to be chosen by GSA as a partner that provide services and products that are environmentally sensitive and demonstrate its leadership in sustainability.

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As the federal government's workplace solutions provider, the U.S. General Services Administration works to foster an effective, sustainable and transparent government for the American people. GSA’s expertise in government workplace solutions include:

Effective management of government assets including more than 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 215,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties;

Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services making up approximately 14 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars;

Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen engagement; and,

Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of governmentwide policies ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.

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As the leading manufacturer of Recycled Plastic Play Systems, Play Mart celebrates 30 years of designing and manufacturing creative, age group specific play products (from 6 months to 12 years), fitness equipment, swings, site amenities, and ADA accessible components that meet and exceed current safety standards. All structural equipment is made from 100% recycled post-consumer HDPE. Recycled Structural Plastic™ (RSP™) is low-maintenance with an outstanding warranty. Play Mart is a Woman-Owned / Family-Owned Small Business providing jobs in rural Kentucky, while manufacturing a world-class product. Play Mart's products are sold nationally through a network of distributors as well as internationally. GSA Contract GS-07F-0206L. Play Mart is Recovering Yesterday's Plastics for Today's Play™.

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GSA's Official Press Release: Webpage or PDF.

For more information, contact: 
Tabitha Sani, Director of Marketing for Play Mart, Inc.
tabitha@playmart.com

Play Mart, Inc.
Recovering yesterday's plastics for today's play™