Corny Kicks

In Corny News, New Products, New Uses, Sustainability by Cathryn

Some of the most reputable brands in the United States have realized the renewable, sustainable wonder that is corn. Now, Reebok is trying to harness the green-power of the crop to increase the biodegradability of its product too. This week, sources, including the New York Post, announced that Reebok will begin making sneaker soles from corn as a part of …

Multiple Marketing Personalities Confounding

In Corny News, feed, Food, New Products by Mark

Does anyone else besides me get the impression that pet food companies are sporting multiple marketing personalities these days? They run about willy-nilly on television and online espousing the benefits of grain free dog food. These commercials and marketing materials are constructed in such a way as to make you believe dog food that contains corn is bad for your …

Have a Little Corn with Your Beer

In Corny News, New Products, New Uses by Cindy

Plato is quoted as saying “He was a wise man who invented beer.” With craft beers all the rage now, a wise brewery is taking a second look at corn as a main ingredient. Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland calls its new brew Agave Cerveza. Our latest Brewhouse Rarities release, Agave Cerveza, is the artisanal answer to the easy-drinking, …

Yard Work Just Got More Green

In E85, Environmental, Equipment, Ethanol, General, New Products by Mark

  It’s sporty, it’s fuel injected, it’s green and it’s powered by ethanol. If you are thinking NASCAR™ race cars that’s a good guess but you would be wrong. Because in this case the equipment in question is literally green…as in covered in the well know green and yellow paint of John Deere tractors, combines and lawn equipment. And unlike …

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. Take 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 …

Making Both Ethanol and Biodiesel From Corn

In Ethanol, New Products, New Uses by Cindy

Voilà (pronounced vwah-lah, of course) is a French term that literally means “See there!” – used in English to call attention to or express satisfaction over something. As in, “Take an ethanol plant, add corn, and voilà! – you have ethanol and high quality corn oil that can be used for biodiesel production.” That’s what POET has been doing with …

CornBoard Sets Speed Record

In New Products, New Uses by Cindy

Skaters are stoked about totally sick boards made from corn stover that are lighter and faster. Sick is a good thing in skater lingo, by the way. Last fall, Corn Board Manufacturing Inc. (CBMI) signed an agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop and market CornBoard™ from a corn-based structural composite technology invented by the university’s Dr. …

Corn Bags Clean Up the Clean Up

In Conservation, Corny News, General, New Products, New Uses by Cathryn

For years, environmental activists have reinforced the negative impact that plastic bags, similar to those used in grocery stores, have upon the planet.  These ubiquitous bags can sit in landfills for over 1,000 years.  Now, people who love the planet and their dogs are championing a better option- corn-based biodegradable dog waste bags. Here, ingenuity and U.S. farming collide to …

Ethanol to Keep Me Warm Inside and Out

In American Ethanol, Ethanol, New Products by Cathryn

A long-time Volvo devotee, I eagerly anticipated the release of the new electric edition of my beloved Volvo C30.  Now, I am more excited than ever as it was announced this cutting-edge model will use ethanol to heat the passenger compartment.  Dreams of being warm, utilizing one of our nation’s greatest renewable resources and sticking it to big oil are …

Ethanol Makes Grilling Easier

In Audio, Ethanol, New Products by Cindy

Grilling on the go just got easier and more environmentally-friendly with a new product that is made from solidified ethanol. The FlameDisk® is the first ethanol product to be used exclusively for outdoor grilling, according to manufacturer Sologear, the Wisconsin-based company that invented the product. They market FlameDisk as “more eco-friendly than charcoal and lighter fluid because it features renewable …