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.
Biodegradable Corn Resin
The shelf life of corn resin is similar to synthetic plastics. It will not break down during regular wear and use. Corn Resin comes from a renewable resource and is bio-based, therefore it uses no oil resources in production. In a compost environment, corn resin is 99% biodegradable to carbon dioxide and water within 365 days.
Natural 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
Sprout Watches is proud to offer models using Swarovski's new ADVANCED CRYSTAL TECHNOLOGY, the new DNA of Crystal, which is a patented, lead-free formula using only carefully selected raw materials that are in compliance with all international standards. Researched and developed for more than 10 years, this major technological breakthrough in the ADVANCED CRYSTAL offers unsurpassed brilliance with the highest precision, quality, and clarity for flawless beauty.
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 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® 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 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 doesn't need chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers to grow.
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.
Conflict Free Diamonds
Our diamonds are all certified and conflict free
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.
Sprout packaging is made from at least 80% post consumer fibers. It is both recycled and recyclable.