Brock PlayBase and Brock PaverBase Receive Coveted Cradle to Cradle Certification for their Outstanding Commitment to Sustainability

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Marks first time the prized environmental designation is bestowed upon performance base products in the children’s playground and home paver industries

Brock PlayBase for children’s playgrounds and Brock PaverBase for home pedestrian areas have both received the prized Cradle to Cradle CertificationCM for their outstanding commitment to sustainability. This milestone marks the first time the coveted environmental designation has been bestowed upon performance base products in their respective industries. Recognized as the most comprehensive, rigorous environmental certification process, the designation is administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, which evaluates products and materials for their impact on human health and environmental health and design for future life cycles.

“We strive to engineer the most sustainable and safest base surfaces in the world for all levels of athletes, children’s playgrounds and home pedestrian areas,” said Dan Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer of Brock International. “Any efforts to reduce one’s carbon footprint can make a big difference. Brock is honored to receive this recognition for our positive environmental impact.”

Environmental stewardship is a core value for parent company Brock International. In October 2011, Brock PowerBase, a combined drainage and shock pad product installed underneath synthetic turf fields, received the first Cradle to Cradle CertificationCM in the industry. All three products have received the prestigious Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Silver Designation. Brock worked closely with McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) to collect data throughout the supply chain, assess all materials for impact to human and environmental health, and evaluate manufacturing processes for use of renewable energy, water stewardship, and social responsibility. MBDC is a global consultancy and certification firm that helps clients create a positive footprint on the planet by implementing the Cradle to Cradle® design framework.

Brock PlayBase, the first 100% closed loop recyclable base system engineered for playground surfaces, is the only C2C system designed to provide shock absorption and drainage in playgrounds under both artificial turf and rubber mulch surfacing. Reflecting their mutual commitment to sustainability, Brock has forged a strategic, exclusive distribution relationship for PlayBase with Shaw Industries’ Turf Division, which is comprised of Southwest Greens, Shaw Sports Turf and TerraSoft.

Used to lay pavers in pedestrian areas, Brock PaverBase speeds construction, makes the site easier to work in, and gives the homeowner the patio of their dreams in less time. The overlapping panel system is made from Polypropylene, an environmental material known for its durability, resilience, and thermal insulation qualities. Brock PaverBase replaces much of the traditional base used under pavers. It has been specially engineered for patios and walkways and other pedestrian applications.

Brock PowerBase is a shock pad and drainage layer used beneath synthetic turf on athletic fields. The only product in the market that can be closed loop recycled, the company’s technologies reduce overall energy cost of constructing a field by 50%. Made in an ISO and TS certified manufacturing facility of 100% recyclable and non-toxic material, PowerBase is certified to the world’s most stringent environmental standards.

The Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM program is a multi-attribute eco-label that assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles. The program provides guidelines to help businesses like Brock implement the Cradle to Cradle framework, which focuses on using safe materials that can be disassembled and recycled as technical nutrients or composted as biological nutrients. Unlike single-attribute eco-labels, MBDC’s certification program takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating the design of a product and the practices employed in manufacturing the product. The materials and manufacturing practices of each product are assessed in five categories: Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy Use, Water Stewardship, and Social Responsibility. For more information, visit http://www.c2ccertified.org.

About Brock International:
Brock International is the leader in performance base systems for synthetic turf, playgrounds and residential pavers. With over 25 million square feet of Brock Performance Base in play underneath athletic fields worldwide, the company engineers the best, safest and most sustainable playing surfaces in the world for athletes at all levels. Brock PlayBase is currently used in more than 500 playgrounds at schools, parks and other outdoor recreational areas throughout Europe and the United States, while Brock PaverBase has been installed in thousands of homes nationwide. Brock is an Official Education Partner of The Sports Legacy Institute, a Boston-based non-profit organization founded to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. Offering the only Cradle to Cradle Certified products in their respective markets, Brock’s products are engineered to meet the world’s most stringent environmental standards. Visit http://www.brock-international.com to learn more.

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