Macon Bacon Announces New Green Initiative with Irving Tissue



The Bacon Team and Irving Tissue will plant two new trees for every broken bat during the 2022 season.

The Macon Bacon announced a new environmental campaign in partnership with Irving Tissue, where the pair will beautify Macon-Bibb County area parks by planting trees. The team and Irving Tissue will plant two trees for every broken bat during the 2022 season, estimating nearly 50 trees each year.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Irving Tissue on such an important environmental issue,” said team president Brandon Raphael. “A sports team and local companies can play a visible role in the community, and this is one way Irving Tissue, and the Bacon can make an impact.”

“The Macon Bacon and Irving Tissue are integral parts of the Middle Georgia community, and we both want to make a difference,” said Tyson Firlotte, Vice President of Human Resources at Irving Tissue. “Tree planting has been a vital part of our company’s history for 140 years. In fact, in 2018 our Woodlands division reached 1 billion trees planted. We’re looking forward to helping make the surrounding parks even more vibrant through this positive environmental program.”

Irving Tissue opened a state-of-the-art paper tissue manufacturing facility in Macon in 2019. The company believes in giving back where its employees live and work.

The team and Irving Tissue launched the program during the 2021 season and will kick off the planting of the trees with Macon Bacon staff and players joining Irving Tissue employees at West Macon Park at 5018 West Macon Park Drive at 1:30 p.m. on June 10. The two organizations will continue the tree planting program later in the season with trees at a new park in late July as the 2022 Coastal Plain League season winds down.

“One of my missions when becoming Mayor was having our local businesses help create more enjoyable outdoor spaces for our community. This program between the Bacon and Irving Tissue creates just that and helps build up and improve our local parks,” said Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller.