Plastics Make it Possible® Helps Schools Create Gardens Made with Recycled Materials

 WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 8, 2011) – On America Recycles Day each November 15, Plastics Make it Possible®, an initiative sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council, celebrates companies that make products with recycled plastics to “close the recycling loop.” America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S.

Plastics Make it Possible® this year has partnered with Woolly Pocket to provide schools throughout the country with space-saving gardens made with recycled plastic bottles. The self-contained garden pockets help students learn valuable lessons in gardening, nutrition, and how plastics are recycled into new products. Through a donation to the Woolly School Gardens program, Plastics Make it Possible® will enable 10 schools to grow gardens.

“Ninety-four percent of U.S. households have access to a plastics recycling program,” said Steve Russell, vice president, Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council. “We’re helping find solutions to recycle more plastics, on America Recycles Day and every day.  Plastics Make it Possible® is proud to partner with companies such as Woolly Pocket to highlight ways to close the recycling loop – in this case by creating a product that helps school kids grow vegetable gardens.”

Woolly Pocket, a company based in Los Angeles, creates flexible, breathable gardening containers made with recycled plastics. Woolly Pocket recently launched a program that offers participating schools the foundation to create outdoor gardens – in other words, edible education. “We are thrilled to partner with Plastics Make it Possible® and celebrate America Recycles Day this November 15,” said Woolly Pocket founder, Miguel Nelson. “School garden programs are a great way to connect our youth with the true source of their food and to educate them about health and nutrition. We’d like to thank Plastics Make it Possible® for sponsoring 10 Woolly School Gardens for our schools that are most in-need.”

In addition to the Woolly Pockets school garden program, Plastics Make it Possible® has launched Bin It, a fun and addictive new game that challenges users to recycle by having them toss their plastic bottles into the recycling bin to turn them into new products such as t-shirts, sweaters, or sleeping bags. The entertaining recycling game is available for download and enjoyment on an iPhone and iPad, via the iTunes App Store. For more information click here.

To encourage increased plastics recycling, Plastics Make it Possible® offers the following tips for recycling everyday plastics:

  • Find out which plastic products are accepted for recycling in your community – recycling programs vary across the country. Most curbside programs collect plastic bottles (any container with a neck smaller than its base) and caps, and an increasing number also accept rigid plastic containers such as yogurt cups and butter tubs. Visit for more information.
  • Many grocery and retail chains – more than 12,000 locations nationwide – now offer bins to collect plastic bags and wraps for recycling. Bring back your bags from grocery, retail and dry cleaning stores, plastic bags that cover newspapers, and product wraps from items such as bread, paper towels, napkins, bathroom tissue and diapers.
  • Look for innovative products made from recycled plastics at your favorite retailer. Recycled plastics become second-generation products such as carpeting, fleece jackets and new bottles and bags (it takes only eight recycled plastic bottles to create a soft, new t-shirt).

About Plastics Make it Possible®: Plastics Make it Possible® highlights the many ways plastics inspire innovations that improve our lives, solve big problems and help us design a safer, more promising future. This initiative is sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council. For more information, visit, check out our Facebook page and follow us @plasticpossible on twitter at

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people’s lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation’s economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.