Almost 80% of people in the US own a smart phone . But what about sustainability? On one hand, cases prevent the phones from breaking thus increasing their longevity. However, most of them are made from plastic or silicone that will continue harming our planet for centuries. Since phone cases are perceived as an accessory, many people change them quite often and create lots of unnecessary waste.
So what’s the alternative? The rise of sustainability led to the creation of a few sustainable phone case businesses. Let’s take a look at 5 companies that found a way to create phone cases that are attractive, durable, and sustainable at the same time.
Pela is the most well-known company that produces sustainable phone cases. And rightfully so. Pela is the first company ever to come up with a fully compostable phone case. The idea first occurred to Pela’s founder Jeremy Lang when he was playing with his son on a beach in Hawaii and realized how much plastic there is in the water. As a solution, he created Flaxstic, a Pela exclusive material made from compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials. When you don’t want your Pela case anymore, you can put it in a compost bin or even in your backyard compost pile. Another alternative is sending it back to Pela, where they use old products to create a new generation of Reborn cases.
Pela offers a wide variety of cases for different phones. They can accommodate iPhone and Samsung users as well as the owners of some Google Pixel and Huawei smartphones. You can choose from several case types such as Slim cases, Classic Engraved, Wallet, or Clear. Besides being very eco-friendly, Pela products are very well-designed too. Pela doesn’t stop with phone cases either. Check out their Accessories section, where they feature their innovative products like Ethos Radiation Reduction or Zero-waste Liquid Screen Protector. If
you’re an owner of AirPods or an Apple Watch, you might like their watch bands or AirPods cases too.
You can buy Pela products on their website and various stores all over the world.
Wave founders grew up in a seaside town in England and saw the consequences of water pollution first-hand. That’s why they created Wave, where they make phone cases from wheat straw. Wheat straw plastic is one of the most promising alternatives to regular plastic, so Wave definitely chose well. Their minimalistic phone cases cost £15 each and fit most of the iPhone and Samsung models. You can get them on the company’s website or on Etsy.
If you’re not into Pela’s and Wave’s minimalistic designs, take a look at Popsicase, a sustainable brand based in Barcelona. Its founders created Popsicase as a response to two unfulfilled needs. Firstly, one of the co-founders, Pablo, realized his phone lacks a handle for more convenient usage. Secondly, the ocean’s wildlife kept suffering from fishing nets left in the water. That’s why Popsicase came up with a case that would give the nets another life, while also giving people like Pablo a handle they need.
Popsicase partners with various non-profit organizations and local artists, who create one of a kind designs for Popsicase products. Besides, the company compensate their CO2 emissions and collects used cases to make new ones. Check out their newest collection LOVE 360 as well as the older ones on their website.
Mmore is a Slovenian nature-inspired phone case brand. Its creator Ziga is a former IT specialist who wanted to find a way to be more connected to nature in his day-to-day life. Ziga thought phones and phone cases, in particular, are a great place to start since these are the items we hold all the time.
You wouldn’t find cases like the ones from Mmore anywhere. They started with making wooden cases that you can still get, including the personalized ones. But they didn’t stop there. Nowadays Mmore also offers cases made from coffee beans, rose petals, and dried lavender. The reviews are gushing about how surprisingly durable and practical the cases are. While the case frames are made from plastic, they are non-toxic and fully recyclable. You can always send your case back to Mmore to make sure it will be recycled properly and get a 50% discount for another order.
Mmore cases fit most of the iPhone models and offer free shipping for all orders. Check out their cases on the official website.
If you’re looking for high-class sustainable phone cases, take a look at Woodcessories. This brand is a great combination of sophisticated design and a sustainable mission. At the moment they have 3 phone case collections: wood, stone, and bio made from agricultural waste. The latter also has an antimicrobial layer that kills 99% percent of germ and bacteria. Woodcessories wooden cases are made with wood from controlled forestry, while the slate they use for their stone products is won in an eco-friendly way. Besides, they are also partnering with Trees for the Future: they plant a tree for every product sold by Woodcessories.
Woodcessories have a wide selection of products for iPhone, Samsung, and Huawei phones, as well as accessories for iPads and MacBooks.
I hope you find this information useful and you will consider a more sustainable alternative when searching for a new phone case.