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There are some products (*ahem, clutches and pouches*) that the ethical and sustainable fashion world has enough of… tech gear is not one of them. It’s actually relatively difficult to find ethical and eco-friendly phone cases and laptop covers. But don’t worry; we did the digging for you!
Sure, you’ll be able to find an assortment of beautiful, wooden phone covers on Amazon. And although buying cases made from natural wood is better than plastic, most of these brands that sell only on Amazon are very unclear about how their wood is sourced and processed, and whether or not the people making those cases are being treated and paid fairly. Plus, many of these wooden cases have plastic in them as well. And we can say from experience they’re actually quite brittle.
Most of the cases and covers below are handmade, and they all use natural and biodegradable materials—from wood to leather to innovative, plant-based bioplastic. They’re all thoughtfully-designed, too, because who wants to walk around posting Stories with an ugly case on their phone?
Of course, you want your eco-friendly phone and laptop case to actually protect your tech, too (or else, what’s the point?). These brands make cases that provide varying levels of shock absorption, water resistance, and/or general durability so that you don’t have to buy a new case every six months because it starts falling apart from daily use.
Pela Cases are made from an innovative and completely plant-based material that’s not only shock-absorbing also totally biodegradable—even in your backyard compost. Plus, they come in a variety of gorgeous colors. They now have their Griply to go on the back of your phone too (pictured above, in the middle). With a comfortable and adjustable loop, this little lifesaver secures firmly to your Pela Case and protects your phone from accidental drops. It also does double-duty as a stand for horizontal viewing on the go.
For: All popular cell phones (iPhone and Android)
Pad & Quill cases and covers are all handmade from natural, eco-friendly materials like FSC certified hardwood, full-grain leather, and high-quality linen.
For: iPhone, iPad, and laptops of various sizes
With tons of phone covers and laptop cases, Toast probably has the widest variety of options out of all of these brands. They use top grain leather and responsibly grown wood and bamboo. Their factory in Portland, Oregon runs on 100% renewable energy and uses streamlined processes that reduce waste. They’re also a member of 1% For the Planet and Trees for the Future. Plus, they have a lot of customization options.
For: Various phones, laptops, tablets, gaming systems, and tech accessories.
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