There are a lot of products out there meant to enhance the iPhone. SD cards, headphones, bluetooth devices… things you add on to make the most of your mobile. Cases are probably the most popular, as they can be entirely customized to your specifications. I know I have seen some really cool ones over the past few years, as the demand has grown. Even independent sellers are making them on sites like Etsy and eBay.
But many of us don’t want to buy anything if it is going to add to the increasing problem of mass industry hurting the planet. Many of these accessories are cheap to buy, but they come at a massive environment price. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get iPhone cases that were truly eco-friendly?
Look no further, because you can. These are all companies that make cases from recycled materials, which can them be recycled once more when you are done with them.
This amusingly named company makes what they call “shells” for various Apple devices, such as the iPhone and the iPad, including ones that allow you to slip your ID and credit cards into the back for safe keeping, reducing your need to carry around a wallet when you want to travel light or keep things close to your body. They have several different styles, including the KidSafe, which allows your little ones to mess with your iPhone without worry of cracking it with a drop, or spilling anything on it.
All products here are fully biodegradable and made of recycled materials. But they are also really cool looking. There are regular or glider series phone covers available, in a ton of different materials. They are affordable, at $19.95 each. They have cases available for the iPhone 3G/3GS, iPhone 4G/4GS, and the iPhone 5.
Bamboo is a beloved material for many things, and the iPhone case is no exception. These cases are gorgeous, made of smoothed and polished sustainable bamboo, an entirely biodegradable substance. Plus, it is a well made case that will be sure to last for years, and is solid enough to dampen the force of drops.
Tires are one of the hardest materials on the environment, and burning them releases a ton of nasty stuff into the air. These cases are really just portions of bike tires that have been reconfigured to make a pocket for your iPhone. They are the perfect size, pliable, and water resistant.
These are extremely cool, as there is no plastic in them despite the way they look and feel. They are made entirely from plants and renewable materials, and even the production is more eco-friendly than other styles. Plus, they are attractive and customizable. Most are priced at just under $35. And don’t miss this list of iphone 5 cases as well!
This China-based company has quite a few products available in different categories, including various things made from recycled wine bottles. But they also have iPhone cases that are made from other cases, which have been reformed to make new ones. They come with clips, pockets for ID’s and credit cards, and a unique design you won’t find anywhere else.