The hunt for a new USB key is still on for me, so I’ve been keeping a look out for green possibilities. There is a new very interesting option. Hoshino has released a “world’s first” with their new USB key made from corn.
Corn is fermented down into polylactide (PLA) that can be biodegraded safely...but that does have to be done at a specialized facility with heat, which is not so earth friendly. You can’t just toss it in the trash and think no harm done, like we assume is true when things are labeled “biodegradable.” Also, we have to point out that when practically everything is starting to have corn in it, do we really want to base something on it? Perhaps using recycled plastic would be a greener way to go.
And finally, just in case you wonder about the source of the material, the USB is made to look like an ear of corn. Super dorkey. Oh, and it’s not available to the public yet… So my half-hearted hunt is still on for now.
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