sprout1MISSION STATEMENT
Simply put, we set out to make the most eco-forward watches available. Truthful, transparent and to the point – we’ll never be anything less.

WHO WE ARE
Under the umbrella of a company that has been producing best-selling timepieces for more than 50 years, Sprout Watches set out to create an eco-forward lifestyle brand which utilizes the highest quality materials while striving to protect the Earth’s natural resources. Constructed from sustainable elements such as biodegradable corn resin, bamboo, cork, organic cotton, mother of pearl conflict free diamonds and Swarovski’s Advanced Lead-Free Crystal, Sprout Watches are setting the standard for eco-friendly, fashionable forward timepieces.

ECO-Facts

Compliance

All Sprout watches are in compliance with the CPSIA and are lead and phthalate free. The corn resin we use is in full compliance with the American ASTM D6400 as well as the European EN13432 standards for compostable material.
Materials

Corn Resin
The shelf life of corn resin is similar to synthetic plastics. It will not break down during regular wear and use. In a compost environment, corn resin is 99% biodegradable to carbon dioxide and water within 365 days. Since its made from corn, it comes from a renewable resource. Conventional plastics use an estimated 200,000 barrels of oil a day in the United States alone but because corn resin is bio-based, it therefore uses no oil resources in production

Diamonds
Our diamonds are all certified and conflict free

Mother of Pearl
Our Mother of Pearl watches are all declared through the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife in the U.S. and will never be from forbidden or endangered species

Organic Cotton
The majority of cotton is grown with toxic chemicals. Conventional cotton requires the use of enormous amounts of pesticides – 25% of all insecticides and 10% of all pesticides which have a huge environmental impact. It is one of the most environmentally damaging crops to grow, as about 84 million pounds of pesticides are sprayed on US cotton crops alone in one year. Some of these chemicals are considered to be the most toxic chemicals in the world. Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment and is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

Cork

Cork is a highly sustainable resource, being both biodegradable and renewable. Cork material is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree without incurring any harm to the tree, which can live up to 250 years. In fact, when the cork is harvested and the bark removed, the tree will absorb 3-5 times as much CO2, and give off more O2, than a tree left idle. Because of this Cork forests support one of the highest levels of biodiversity among forest habitats where plant diversity can reach 135 species per square meter, many of which having culinary, aromatic or medicinal values.

Tyvek®

Tyvek® is a high-density fiber which is strong, water and tear resistant and is recyclable. Tyvek® can also be safely incinerated and if recycling or incineration are not options, Tyvek® can be safely landfilled. Given the nature of this material, Tyvek® is supple and develops a leather-like look over time.

Bamboo
Bamboo is considered eco-friendly based on its properties as 1) a natural (nonsynthetic) fiber, 2) a quick-growth plant (it’s in the grass family) that sequesters greenhouse gases, and 3) a renewable plant that can grow back after its three to five year harvesting period. It largely doesn’t need chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers to grow.

Mineral Crystal
Most lenses in the medium price range of watches are made from plexiglass, a type of synthetic plastic. Sprout lenses are made from Mineral crystal which is a type of glass made from sand. It can technically be recycled.

Mercury Free Battery
Mercury is actually a neurotoxin, which is harmful to both animals and humans. Exposure to even small amounts of mercury over a long period may cause negative health effects including damage to the brain, kidney, lungs and a developing baby. Sprout watches use only Mercury Free batteries.

Recycled Fibers
Sprout packaging is made from at least 80% post consumer fibers. It is both recycled and recyclable.

Fish Skins
We find inspiration for our eco-friendly materials in all areas of nature – corn fields, bamboo forests – and in the case of our exotic fish skins, the big blue sea. Fish skins are an eco-friendly alternative to animal leather because ocean leather manufacturers use the by-product of the skin from fish farmers who are catching non-endangered species for human consumption. Think about how much Salmon is eaten worldwide. That’s a lot of skins that would otherwise be discarded and wasted! Fish skin is praised as being one of the strongest leathers on earth, as well as having an uncanny elasticity. The skins are pliable, durable, beautifully textured and amazingly luxurious and because of the uniqueness of the patterns, no two skins are exactly alike. At Sprout, we love the idea of turning trash into something exotic and beautiful! SproutWatches

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