Farm to label: Turning corn into textiles

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Corn is a superfood — but not one you’ll find in nutrition articles for health benefits. With byproducts like corn syrup, sometimes it’s quite the opposite. But corn’s versatility goes beyond food, and beyond another well-known corn byproduct: ethanol fuel. Its super powers stem from its ability to transform into adhesives, packaging and even clothing, showing up in industrial and apparel textiles.

The industrial connection shouldn’t be surprising, given that Dow Chemical collaborated with Cargill to create a corn-based fiber. The result was Ingeo products, named for “ingredients from the earth,” which include fibers used for clothing, bedding and facial wipes, as well as to create 3D printing, plastics, toys and cosmetics cases.

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