Japanese electronics company Casio has unveiled the latest addition to its Pro-trek line, the PRW-61, an outdoor watch made from biomass plastic.
Compared to traditional plastics made from fossil fuels and other harmful substances, biomass plastics are made from natural materials like sugarcane and corn or microbe such as yeast.
The biomass plastics used for the PRW-61 are sourced castor seeds and corn. According to the company, the materials are carbon neutral and do not add to the CO2 in the atmosphere, even when incinerated.
Like other outdoor watches from this line, the latest model is equipped with a Triple Sensor (thermometer, barometer, compass), a multi-band six wave reception from six transition stations worldwide, and Tough Solar for solar energy. It also comes in three colours, black, khaki, and silver, and boxed using recyclable paper packaging.
“Simply put, we make contributions to society through creativity our primary goal,” explains Kashio Kazuhiro, CEO, Casio, on the company’s latest sustainability report
“Then, we seek to identify the core problems that must be solved to achieve this goal. Identifying core problems also ensures the effective functioning of our initiatives on the environment.”
The company added its plans to expand the use of sustainable materials with other models in the future.