Most watches on the market today are made out of plastic, metal or leather, so finding an environmentally friendly timepiece is not necessarily an easy task. One available option is a Sprout watch, which Revmodo recently had the opportunity to review. Sprout offers models made from materials including biodegradable corn resin, organic cotton, Tyvek and fish leather.

Sprout’s parent company, E. Gluck Corp., has been in the watch business for more than 50 years. With that knowledge and experience, the company is able to ensure each timepiece is high quality as well as environmentally friendly.

“Every product, everything we buy, in some way harms the environment,” said Marcella Maselli, the creative mastermind of Sprout. “The idea is to cause as little harm as possible by using things like biopolymers and recycled and natural materials. Consumers love the idea that Sprout watches will not litter the Earth for thousands of years, nor do they use up valuable resources.”

Watches are not used entirely for their function, of course, so Sprout also uses several materials to make their timepieces more fashionable. Some models feature conflict-free diamonds or incorporate mother of pearl faces. While these materials make the watches slightly less environmentally friendly than, say, a full corn resin model, a striking appearance is incredibly important in the jewelry industry — especially when trying to sway certain consumers to purchase green products instead of conventional ones.

“First and foremost, all of the materials we choose to include in Sprout watches are in some way better than alternative or conventional materials in terms of harm to the environment or humans.  At the same time, we are a watch brand that offers a fashionable approach to eco-consciousness, and mother of pearl and diamonds are part of acknowledging trends while still being true to our brand mission. All of our Mother of Pearl is declared through the Department of Fish and Wildlife in the U.S. and will never be from forbidden or endangered species. Much the same, we source our diamonds from reputable dealers who certify that they are conflict-free.”

We received a black corn resin watch with a mother of pearl face and diamond accents. The corn resin band feels much like hard plastic, and though the material is biodegradable, it is not made to deteriorate during its life of use. The watch band came slightly too large, but simple instructions on the Sprout website — in order to save paper, the company does not include instructions in the box  — and a few minutes of work resulted in a better fit. If the band is too small for your wrist, extra links are also available by calling Sprout.

The mother of pearl and small diamonds add some color and flair to the piece. The diamond placement at hour marks also gives the watch a refreshing face by providing relief from a full circle of Arabic numerals.

Other watch components include a mercury-free battery, mineral crystal lens and a stainless steel butterfly clasp. All Sprout models feature mineral crystal lenses instead of traditional Plexiglas. The visible qualities of each material are equivalent, but the mineral lens is made from sand and is supposedly more durable (but that certainly doesn’t mean you should be rough on your watch — it’s not indestructible).

Interested in a different feel or look for your watch? The organic cotton models are colorful and some have cute designs, like the lime green owl model, which would be perfect for kids. Tyvek models have a leather-like appearance and the material is both water-resistant and recyclable. For leather fans, Sprout also has a line of fish leather watches, using leftover skins from Asian farmers who harvest fish for human consumption.

“The concept of the exotic fish leather was introduced to us at a seminar on sustainable materials in New York,” said Maselli. “The look and feel of the fish leathers are so luxurious and unexpected that we immediately fell in love with the idea of using them for our straps. We also loved that they were made from the by-product of the food industry and the idea of turning something that would otherwise be discarded as trash into something beautiful fit right in with the design spirit behind Sprout watches.”

Sprout also just introduced a line that uses teak and maple wood bezels.  The wood comes from leftover manufacturer pieces, making use of what would otherwise be thrown out.

Seeing all these interesting eco watches, we asked Maselli what to expect next from the company. “For future development, we are always on the lookout for new materials to add to the depth of the line,” she said. ” Currently, we are exploring the use of wool felt and hemp materials for our straps. We are also looking into sourcing handmade goods from indigenous tribes in Africa. The beauty of a line like this is that, if you look hard enough, the possibilities are endless.”

Disclaimer: Sprout provided Revmodo with a watch for review.