I don't want a strap to soak up 50 percent more moisture than cotton. The last thing I want around my neck is a wet, clammy strap -- especially one that hangs onto moisture long enough to attract bacteria, mildew, and the smell that goes with each. I also want to put my binos back in the case when I'm done, without worrying about a bunch of moisture in there. In short, I want a strap made of artificial fiber that wicks moisture away quickly and dries out fast.
I'm a hunter. The only thing I want absorbing moisture is a towel.
Along the same lines, "biodegradeable" means it breaks down (as in rots) in nature. I want my bino strap to last -- and not start breaking down when exposed to heat, cold, sun, moisture, etc.
I'm all for being "eco-friendly" with some things, but I have my limits. I think one artificial strap that lasts for years is better for the environment than repeated manufacture and disposal of "eco-friendly" straps that have to be replaced periodically.
Let me start off by saying I am not a farmer.
I am a deer hunter and I do own a tractor and have all of the equipment - but that does not make you a farmer any more than standing in the garage makes you a car - well, you get the picture!
Having said that - and with most of my ineptitude fairly well hidden - I do think that buckwheat is one of the most under rated cover crops out there.
I say cover crop because I see mixed results as it relates to the deer eating the plants.