Baltimore, Maryland – Soya-based polyurethane resin is being used in a Syntipede 354 soy lawn from Synlawn which has been installed in the exhibit barn at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park.
The soft green synthetic lawn replaces the barn’s old dirt floor. “In addition to being used during our annual fairs, the exhibit barn serves as an auxiliary classroom space for Farm Sprouts preschool and farm camps,” said Bronwyn Mitchell, the farm park manager. “The kids had to sit on the dirt floors, and that means they sometimes went home with dirty pants.”
The lawn is backed with BioCel, in which at least 60% of the petroleum-derived polyurethane has been replaced with soy-based material. It was installed with the help of a grant from the Maryland Soybean Board. The state grows more than 20m bushels soybeans/year, about 545 kT/year.