FULL CIRCLE PLAYGROUND INITIATIVE
The Town of Trumbull and Sun Products Corporation
Children in Trumbull (CT) have a reason to get outside, get dirty and have fun - a sustainable playground. The FULL CIRCLE playground, expected to open in late-October 2009 at the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, is donated to the Town of Trumbull by The Sun Products Corporation, makers of fabric care products including brands such as “all”®, Wisk® and Snuggle®. The FULL CIRCLE playground initiative utilizes “plastic for playgrounds” representing the equivalent of 50,000 Sun Products plastic (HDPE#2) laundry containers recycled rather than land-filled. Sun Products associates and community members will contribute more than 2,000 volunteer service hours to the Town of Trumbull to build the playground. The Town of Trumbull is home to Sun Products’ soon-to-open North American Research and Development Technology Center.
“Trumbull works hard every day to ensure a high quality of life for generations to come. Sustainability is a priority reflected in all we do to preserve our beautiful, healthy and stable community. The Full Circle Playground represents a true public-private partnership based on a shared commitment to sustainability, the community, and the future of our town. Sun Products is an important and valued partner in Trumbull’s economic growth and a respected community partner,” commented Trumbull’s First Selectman, Raymond G. Baldwin. “The FULL CIRCLE Playground provides a wonderful recreational resource for families and an excellent example of environmental sustainable practices. The Nature and Arts Center is the perfect place to showcase our shared commitment.”
Sun Products and the Town of Trumbull will engage all six of Trumbull’s Elementary Schools and the Trumbull Early Childhood Learning Center in a recycling program inviting children to bring laundry and household “HDPE#2” plastic containers to school. For the fall semester, all the plastic collected by the elementary schools will be transported to a sustainable lumber manufacturer and extruded into lumber used in the FULL CIRCLE Playground initiative.
The FULL CIRCLE playground initiative is representative of a true public-private partnership - the result of good citizen stewards stepping up to meet the needs of communities in challenging economic times. Central to the FULL CIRCLE playground initiative is a commitment to enhance the available resources for children and families to be active outdoors and enjoy life in their community.
Trumbull is home to Sun Products’ soon-to-open North American Technology Center.