Right Time for Corn

In New Products, New Uses by Cindy

It never fails to amaze me how many products can be made from corn.

corn watchTake this watch, for example. It is made by Sprout Watches which offers a line of eco-friendly watches that contain corn resin and bamboo. The watches come in multiple colors, each with a different earth-themed design.

The corn resin is used as a component of the plastic, rather than using petroleum-based products. Sprout promotes the technology on its website and notes that corn resin pellets sequester far less fossil fuel and emits much less greenhouse gases. In addition, the watches are biodegradable and will not leach toxins into the ground. If you want to learn more, they have some neat graphics to demonstrate the process from stalk to watch.

Energy blogger Joanna Schroeder found the corn watch sometime last year and did a post about it recently on AgWired. Nice that the corn watch matches the corn jeans that she found a few years ago.

Add this to the list of products that can be made with corn – like skateboards, doggie waste bags, diapers, toilet paper, carpeting, trash cans, even phones! When we think about becoming less dependent on petroleum, we have to remember that petroleum is used to make plastics – and corn can replace that as well. It’s about time!