When it comes to technology, we very rarely hear the term “environmentally friendly”. If you are environmentally conscious or want to go green in some way, an eco-friendly phone case might be your choice.
The nature of technology pollutes the environment. Consumers are constantly updating and disposing of their devices. Consistent innovation leaves us little time to pause and think: What does this mean for the earth’s resources?
Many may not want to break the habit of swapping out “old” technology, but some freedoms can be taken. A small but powerful step to swapping out your plastic phone cover for a green case is just the tip of the iceberg.
If you live on the fringes and don̵
There are a number of plastic alternatives in South Africa. From biodegradable casings to those made from recycled material, there are a variety of options. We live in a world where we have to wake up and reevaluate our plastic usage. With these cases, you can keep your phone safe and give something back to the planet too.
Pela is the biodegradable solution to your plastic cover problems.
The Canadian company ships to South Africa so you can enjoy a nice case that doesn’t end up in a landfill. Pela offers biodegradable cases for the iPhone that date back to the iPhone 5, Samsung and Google Pixel, as well as limited edition Huawei devices.
The company also sells AirPod cases, smart watch straps, and other accessories that you can mix and match your case with as you please.
The cases are incredibly slim and elegant, and are great for drop testing. Each accessory is vegetable and compostable. The company also gives 5% of its total turnover to environmental protection organizations to protect nature.
The wide range of models gives more technology consumers the opportunity to be environmentally conscious, but one also has to consider the 15% import cost to South Africa.
The loop case
This is Africa’s first sustainable phone case that is 100% compostable. The enclosures are made from renewable raw materials, so you can start your best eco-friendly life.
The cases are available for iPhone 6, 7, 8 and 11 and can be purchased in Shop Zero for R350.
The case is mainly made from a plant-based material called PLA, which is made from a combination of bamboo fiber and corn starch, plus calcium carbonate and cellulose.
The phone is durable and will protect your phone for about two years. After that, you can put it in a composting environment to let it dissolve naturally. Don’t worry, it cannot dissolve outside of a composting environment.
QDOS Eco Case
The QDOS Eco cover for the iPhone is available in the iStore. It has never been so convenient to be environmentally conscious.
Retailed at R245, the phone is made from PLA and wheat straw and is 100% biodegradable under the right composting conditions. The phone is soft, slim (1.5mm) and a super shock absorber. It is currently only available in two colors: coal and sand.
Unfortunately, the range in the iStore is limited and only available for iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
The French company MUVIT has launched an environmentally friendly range of technical enclosures. IPhone 11 Pro owners for South Africans looking to move to greener pastures can purchase a case from Takealot.com. The case is available in two colors, Cotton and Storm, both of which are available from Takealot for R299.
Similar to the other products, the housing is 100% biodegradable and made of bamboo fibers and corn starch.