Have you ever considered the number of plastic phone cases that must end up in the landfill and oceans each year? Over one billion new phones are purchased every year, with 2016 marking the billionth sale of the iPhone in less than a decade.
It’s typical for consumers to discard their old cases as they upgrade, meaning there’s at least a billion phone cases tossed in the trash annually. Consumer waste with plastic cases and packaging is certainly an issue and one that hardly anyone recognizes. While many would prefer eco-friendly options, they probably won’t give your phone the protection it needs, right?
Wrong. Many passionate businesses throughout the world have taken on the project of providing high-quality, alternative phone cases. Check out the list below for my favourite eco-friendly phone case alternatives.
Reveal utilizes recycled fabrics, bamboo, cork, wood, post-consumer recycled plastics, and vegan leather in their designs. As they’re dedicated to preserving and supporting nature, they plant a tree for every item sold in their shop. Reveal believes that bamboo is a great option due to its sustainable nature as the fastest-growing woody plant in the world. Further, cork is a fantastic choice since it’s harvested without any damage to the existing living tree.
Similar to many eco-friendly companies, Carved offers all-wood phone cases. The company’s realized the need for products in this market and offers unique cases in various styles, colours, and designs. According to Carved, they always look for responsibly harvested wood for their projects, which takes their desire to produce eco-friendly options a step further. For instance, they gather wood from old structures and collect fallen trees from heavy storms. The design options from Carved are virtually limitless and they’re absolutely stunning.
Sugar Yeti’s wood cases sport laser-engraved designs. They pride themselves on intricate and complex designs often featuring animals or pyramids. Additionally, the company offers several printed wood cases with fun and motivating features. Sugar Yeti’s philosophy is that each of us needs to be closer to nature. While that may not be very practical in our day-to-day lives with office jobs and appointments, we can bring nature to us with the beautiful wood phone cases.
This UK brand is another option if you’re looking for a laser-engraved wooden phone case. The laser provides the perfect amount of precision for stunningly detailed designs and styles. Their options vary from geometric and minimalist, to mandala designs and more. There are numerous cases to choose from, each unique and beautiful.
If you’re a skater girl then Spirit Workshop is where you should be getting your next phone case. The company is repurposing recycled skateboards into new and fashionable eco-friendly accessories. The line is super colourful and ranges from rings, to sunglasses, and of course, phone cases.
Autumn Grain is a distinguished designer in a category all on its own. While most eco-friendly designers look for ways to produce compostable or all-natural cases, this business provides all-natural phone sleeves. The sleeves are different from traditional cases in that your phone simply slips inside, as opposed to a case that stays fitted to your phone’s body. These sleeves come in a variety of vegan and eco-friendly materials, such as woven grass or coconut leaves, cork, wood, newspaper, and more.
Pela has created an entirely unique product. They’re in a category of their own with 100% compostable, biodegradable cases. The cases, made from flax, not only support farmers but also completely reduce any possible footprint while providing a flexible and durable material to protect your phone. Finally, the smooth, stylish, and sleek cases are available in a numbers of colours and designs.
I Make The Case
I Make the Case offers custom and pre-designed bamboo cases. The designs are fairly minimal and understated, while the stark contrast to the light bamboo is quite aesthetically pleasing. This particular business has chosen bamboo as their materials since bamboo grows far faster than trees and yet, yields 20 times more wood.
Cases By CSERA
While we are returning to plastics with this particular designer, it’s only because the company strictly utilizes certified recycled and post-consumer plastics. The brand is minimizing the amount of plastic in landfills by repurposing its use into a new product. The plastic makes it easier for the brand to create a variety of designs such as floral patterns and airy coloured schemes.
Trade in House
Trade in House features multiple items made from cork, including eco-friendly bags and clothing items. This particular designer adores cork due to the fact that it’s durable and flexible, while not damaging to the environment in any way. They offer a fantastic wallet phone case in which you can store your phone and credit cards. This appears much like any other wallet-phone case combo, including a strap enclosure to keep it secure.