In 1995 the first ever baby footprints were recorded in a hospital
with ink made from grain. Nurses report that the ink worked very well, and was easier to
clean than petroleum-based ink. Normally, nurses have to scrub under the baby's toenails, but
this ink cleans up using just soap and water.
Photographic films are made from the starch portion of corn.
"new uses" cleaning products made from corn and soybeans have been developed and are
being used worldwide. Multipurpose industrial strength solvent and glass and surface
cleaners are cost competitive and do not create hazardous waste or water pollution.
Waterless hand cleaners are healthier for the skin, do not crack the hands or smell. In electric applications where material failure and death occur,
the hand cleaners have passed
industry specifications and standards tests conducted by utilities, high voltage rubber glove
makers and government laboratories.
Cornstarch is used in the production of paper packaging materials such
as corrugated cardboard. Low cost, environmentally-friendly,
pre-formed packaging for electronic equipment, egg cartons, and as a substitute for corrugated
containers has also been developed. These new packaging products made from popcorn will replace those made largely from
Popcorn is bringing an alternative in food service packaging, with the functional
characteristics of molded polystyrene for use in plates, cups, and serving packages such as
hamburger clamshells. Made from a vegetable-product, this packaging offers a safer product for
consumers and the environment.
Corn- and soy-based inks are now replacing printer's ink that was
made from 100% petroleum products. Being vegetable-based makes it safe for placemats and
packaging where ink may come in contact with our food. The colors are brighter and more easily
recycled, revolutionizing the newspaper industry.
Printing machines run smoother, are easier to clean, and safer for employees.
International Lubricants, Inc. synthesizes specialty lubricant additives from agricultural
oils and formulates them into environmentally benign lubricants for consumer, industry and
High-performance lubricants refined from renewable crop oils rather than imported petroleum cost
more short-term - and much less long- term. The immediate payoff is that these new oils offer
smoother running systems. Long-term benefits include such environmental payoffs as cleaner air,
purer water and less depletion of our fossil fuels. These oils are required in applications such as hydraulic fluids for use in
earth-moving equipment operating around dams and other locations where surface or ground water
could be contaminated.
"Packing Peanuts" made of
nearly 100% corn and wheat are now available. Made from a renewable resource, biodegradable packaging
peanuts do not add to our problems of waste disposal. Products made from styrofoam take up
valuable landfill space, and styrofoam can take up to 20 years to decompose. They contain
no harmful products that will endanger the environment. Environmentally safe starch
peanuts may be put in a compost pile or allowed to disappear naturally in water.
Nearly every single sheet of printing paper uses cornstarch to improve
printability. Each ton of paper produced uses 28 pounds of cornstarch. Uncoated
kenaf papers are tree-free, chlorine-free and acid-free. Exceptional print quality and
functionality have been achieved in four-color process printing on sheet-fed and cold and
heat-set web presses.
Phone & ID Cards
Sheet products made from
corn polymers are used in the printable plastics industry -
specifically phone cards, I.D. cards and similar value-added items other than the financial card
Oat flour contains antioxidants that retard rancidity in
fat-containing foods; it is a preservative inner coating for paper bags used to package salted
nuts, coffee, and potato chips. Vegetable-based inks are used for safer packaging where
ink may come in contact with our food.