Milking Cows and Growing Bottles

In New Products by Cindy

Biodegradeable bottles made from corn are greening up the U.S. House of Representatives. As part of the Green Capital Initiative, “Green Bottle Spring Water” from a company called Naturally Iowa will now be the only bottled water available in the US House Cafeteria. The bottles are made out of polylactic acid (PLA), a biodegradeable plastic made from corn. The bottles …

Trendy Corn Trash Cans

In General, New Products by Cindy

This trendy trash can is green in more ways than one. A winner of numerous design awards , the iconic Garbino garbage can from Umbra is now made with corn-based plastic. According to the Umbra website, “Over the years Umbra has designed products with sustainability in mind. We have taken the “Reuse” mentality and adopted a new approach that includes …

Technology that’s really cutting-edge

In Biotechnology, New Products, Sustainability by Ken

Boosting yield — the amount of corn grown per acre — is crucial not just for increasing corn production to meet all needs, but to do it in a sustainable way that uses natural resources more efficiently. And developing new seed technology is one of the most effective ways of boosting yield. But this can be a slow and daunting …

Corn Stover for Feed and Energy

In Ethanol, Farming, New Products by Cindy

If USDA’s corn crop forecast holds true this year, farmers will produce not only 12.3 billion bushels of corn, but also 290 million tons of corn stover. What if all those leftover stalks, leaves and cobs could be used to feed livestock, generate steam and electricity, and make cellulosic ethanol – in addition to enriching the soil and preventing erosion? …

Food for Phones

In General, New Products by Cindy

Samsung unveiled its latest “eco-phone” this week in Beijing. The E200 Eco is the third phone Samsung has introduced this year with parts made from bioplastic materials extracted from corn and the first which features the entire case made from corn-based plastic. The E200 Eco features a camera, video messaging and an MP3 player. The phone will be available in …

Microsoft Using Corn Cups

In Environmental, New Products by Chuck

One of the latest companies to make use of a corn product to be more “green” is Microsoft. They’re using cups made from corn on their Fargo, ND campus and according to the video version of the story it looks like the cups are actually green. The story is posted on WDAY, Fargo, ND. These utensils just melt away in …

Eco Friendly Corn Cards

In New Products by Cindy

Sponsored hotel card keys are getting to be common at conferences, but at the Ag Media Summit it was the first time I noticed them being made from corn-based plastic. I don’t usually scrutinize my hotel card keys, so there could very well have been at any one or more of the meetings I have been at in the last …

Creating New Products From Ethanol

In Audio, CUTC, Ethanol, New Products by Chuck

For many people, ethanol seems like a new product, although it’s anything but. What is new is how researchers are finding new products that can be made from ethanol itself. At the recent CUTC, one of the presentations was “Reactive Distillations for Chemical Products from Ethanol” by Carl Lira, Michigan State University. I spoke with him about the work he’s …

Walking on Corn

In General, New Products by Ken

Here at NCGA’s global headquarters, our front lobby has a display that features some of the many things produced from corn, mostly from polymer. Now, when visitors stand there enjoying the display, they are doing so on carpet made from … corn. The carpeting in our building in the far western suburbs of St. Louis was just replaced by a …

Corn at the Ball Park

In Current News, Farming, New Products by Cindy

Corn will be playing in the major leagues with the boys of summer this year. Some of the nation’s major league baseball teams are adopting cups made from corn starch this season to help quench the thirst of fans and be more environmentally-friendly at the same time. The Pittsburgh Pirates, for example, have announced a new greening initiatives program called …