Finder Green Fave: Tech21 plant-based phone cases
If you're looking for a phone case that's tough on protection without being tough on the environment, this is it.
From ethical fashion labels to cruelty-free beauty brands, we've seen plenty of large companies shift to a more eco-friendly business model recently. It isn't just the fashion and beauty industries that are taking note though, with slightly more niche businesses now following suit.
While most of us already consider where our clothes are being made or whether our beauty products are tested on animals, the majority probably haven't thought about the impact our phone cases can have on the environment. Luckily, electronics case giant Tech21 has.
Last month, the brand announced a whole new range of plant-based phone covers made especially for Samsung and iPhone models. The cases are made by breaking down plant-based feedstock into starches, making them much more sustainable than others on the market.
Rather than reducing the sturdiness of the product though, the company has promised that the eco-friendly models still feature the same "superior drop protection" that the brand is known for. This means that there's every reason to switch up your current case for a plant-based alternative.
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As an added bonus, most of the cases also offer built-in antimicrobial protection, which Tech21 claims "reduces microbes by up to 99.99%". Given that smartphones are said to carry up to 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, this is definitely a welcome add on.
There are also plenty of styles on offer, as the plant-based range includes several popular designs from the brand such as the Evo Check and the Studio Colour.
What makes it green?
According to Tech21's website, the brand was determined to create an environmentally friendly phone case in a bid to tackle plastic pollution. The plant-based models ditch the fossil fuels used to create plastics in favour of natural resources to drastically reduce the amount of plastic used by the company.
The business doesn't plan on stopping there either. While it has already changed 40% of its materials to plant-based alternatives, it has said that it plans to eventually make it to 100%. Additionally, it has now changed all of its hangtags to cards, which it estimates has saved 18 tons of plastic from going to landfill every year.
Having now reached 100% recyclable packaging, Tech21 is also setting its sights on creating fully compostable phone cases to further its fight against plastic.
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